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Newt Gingrich to announce run for presidency

Newt Gingrich is attempting a comeback. A spokesman said he will announce his candidacy for president on Wednesday.

May 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Newt Gingrich is attempting a comeback in politics, aiming for the highest office. A spokesman said he will officially announce his candidacy for president on Wednesday.

The former House speaker disclosed his bid on his Twitter @NewtGingrich and Facebook on Monday.

The move was hardly a surprise; Gingrich has spent months raising money, assembling a campaign team and visiting early primary states. He also quietly opened a campaign headquarters in Atlanta, and had long been scheduled to address the Georgia Republican Party Convention on Friday in Macon, Ga. Aides say that will be his first speech as a full-fledged candidate.

Gingrich stepped down from the House after four tumultuous years as speaker. The 67-year-old Republican has stayed in the public eye, and in recent months, he has blasted President Barack Obama's federal health care law.

The twice-divorced Gingrich has been working hard to gain social conservatives. He's highlighted his conversion to Catholicism after marrying his third wife.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.