Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican, officially announced Wednesday that he will run for president in 2012. Gingrich’s candidacy has been an open secret since he dropped some heavy hints, but he formally declared himself on Twitter.
AP - Republican Newt Gingrich has formally joined the 2012 race to challenge President Barack Obama.
In a post on Twitter Wednesday, the former House speaker says, “Today I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”
The tweet contains a link to a video, but that link did not immediately work.
Gingrich has been moving toward entering the race for months and said on Monday he would seek the Republican nomination.
He told fans to tune into Fox News on Wednesday night where he would talk about his presidential run.
The 67-year-old joins a Republican field still taking shape. Gingrich spearheaded the Republican takeover of the House in 1994, the first time Republicans controlled the chamber in four decades. He stepped down in 1999 after four tumultuous years at the helm.
Date created : 2011-05-12