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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich arrives for a 2012 presidential exploratory committee fundraising event Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich arrives for a 2012 presidential exploratory committee fundraising event Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  

Newt Gingrich formally announces candidacy for president

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich formally announced his candidacy for president of the United States Wednesday via Twitter.

“I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States because I believe we can return America to hope and opportunity, to full employment, to real security, to an American energy program, to a balanced budget,” Gingrich said in a video released on YouTube (watch the video below).

The tweet linked to Newt.org, but the Web site failed to load when the tweet went out, presumably due to too much Web traffic. The site has since been restored.

Gingrich became the first major Republican contender to declare officially his run for president. His political action committee, American Solutions PAC, has raised just $53,107, according to the latest Federal Election Commission records, but his fundraising ability should not be underestimated.

Gingrich’s citizen action network, American Solutions for Winning the Future, raised $14.5 million in 2010, according to IRS documents, putting him well ahead of potential rivals, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Gingrich has spent significant time in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina, states that have early primaries, but TheDC’s Jonathan Strong reported that Gingrich has made several missteps leading up to his announcement.

In a sign he was clearing space for a presidential run, Fox News Channel suspended his contract in early March. Gingrich had been a contributor for Fox News since leaving Congress in 1999.

Gingrich is scheduled to appear on Hannity tonight at 9 p.m. on Fox News to discuss his decision.

In the video, Gingrich cited his experience working with President Ronald Reagan and as Speaker of the House.

“We’ve done it before, and we can do it again,” Gingrich said. “I want your help, because no one person in the Oval Office can get this done.”

“We Americans are gonna have to talk together, work together, find solutions together, and insist on imposing those solutions on those forces that don’t want to change,” he continued. “There are some people who don’t mind if America becomes a wreck, as long as they dominate the wreckage. But you and I know better.”

WATCH THE ANNOUNCEMENT:

  • websmith

    This guy is not a conservative Republican. He is a New World Order Liberal.

  • bigdave

    HERMAN CAIN WILL RUN AND WIN!! NEWT IS A HAS-BEEN-WE-KNOW-OF AND WHAT WE KNOW WE DO NOT LIKE BECAUSE HE IS THE SAME AS ANY DEMORAT! WE NEED A RIGHT WING DICTATOR STRONG ENOUGH TO EVEN CONSIDER A SEAL TEAM SIX MISSION ON CNN STUDIOS(WHO GAVE US THE WONDERFUL RIDE-ALONG FROM A CNN PHOTOG FILMING A COUPLE TERRORIST/SNIPERS SHOOT AN AMERICAN MOM’S SOLDIER-SON IN THE BACK, WHEN THERE ARE SOLDIERS WHO THROW THEMSELVES ON A GRENADE TO SAVE THEIR BUDDIES(!!!). TOSS IN AN ACLU OFFICE TOO! ANTI-AMERICANS ARE EVERYWHERE AND THEY ARE WINNING THE WAR!!! “THEY” ARE “ORGANIZED”… EVIL ORGANIZATIONS OF LEFTIES, LIKE UNIONS, LEFTSTREAM MEDIA AND HOLLYWOOD, WHO RIDICULE THE TEA PARTY CALLING THEM RACISTS FOR OPOSING THE COMMUNIST-IN-CHIEF! FINALLY AN ORGANIZATION OF REAL AMERICAN TAX PAYERS AND PATRIOTS WHO HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THEIR COUNTRY BEING MADE TO LOOK LIKE CUBA AT THE HANDS OF TOTAL LEFTIST MORONS LIKE MICHAEL MOORE AND BARAK OBAMA!! MAKE YOUR CHOICE…YOU ARE EITHER A TEA BAG OR A SCUM BAG. THERE IS “NO” MIDDLE!

  • mark c

    Every Newt Gingrich policy idea is a mile wide and an inch deep. He comes up with neat soundbites, then let’s them die on the vine. He’d be a disaster as the nominee.

  • speppers69

    What do you get when you have Newt Gingrich, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump in the same GOP field???

    A whole HERD of White Male RINO’s!!!

    LET’S KEEP THE WHITE RINO ON THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST in 2012!

  • Supernatural Witness

    How such a great idea a minute guy ended up pro amnesty, pro energy tax, pro global warming i’ll never know. But that is three strikes for me.