Newt Gingrich 2012

Former speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich is one of the first to throw his hat into the ring of what will soon be a hotly contested republican primary. As of this day the Gingrich campaign is establishing a website and setting up an exploratory committee. An official announcement of candidacy is expected within the next week or several days. Well known for his wit and intellectualism Newt Gingrich has a powerful name in American politics and over his tenure has gathered the support of many Americans who identify as conservative republicans. Moreover Newt has been in politics for many years which provides him with a wealth of donors he can tap into for his primary and presidential run.

Gingrich will have to face some questions about electability from both democrats and republicans because of his past moral faults. The former speaker has been married three times and it was reported that he was having an affair on his first wife while she was battling cancer. Newt was confronted with the issue of his two divorces during a speaking event at the University of Pennsylvania and owned up to his faults in the past. He said that God is forgiving and if citizens want to look to the past then as president he would be irrelevant. However he said, if citizens are willing to look to the future then he will be ready to have that debate.

Newt has been very vocal on the economic crisis in America saying that we are spending too much as a Nation and that politicians cannot be trusted with the American tax dollars. In an effort to fix this we should roll back programs like social security, medicaid and medicare. He wants to do away with bureaucracies and instead have entrepreneurs in control of sectors of American government. He believes this will limit financial spending and make our government more productive. Simplifying the tax code in an effort to make it more understandable is another goal.

Newt is a religious man and in 2009 he changed from a being Baptist to a being a Catholic. He is a devout social conservative relating to political issues. He has stated that homosexuality is a sin and gay marriages should not be recognized. Moreover, he has stated that he opposes adoption rights of gays and lesbians. The former Speaker opposes abortion and thinks that abortion doctors should serve prison time, however mothers seeking abortions should not be penalized. At an event in Florida Gingrich stated that Supreme Court justices should be thrown out do to their loose interpretations of the US constitution.

The latest polls show Newt Gingrich to be at 9% amongst favorite republican candidates in 2012. Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney are currently leading the "Preferred Republican Presidential Nominee" Gallup poll at 18% each. Sarah Palin is a close third at 16%. However, because Newt is one of the first to make his bid for president he will have a head start over the other candidates for the 2012 republican primary.