Newt Gingrich getting "serious" about Republican Nomination

Newt Gingrich, source wikimedia

Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, announced Monday that he is seriously considering a run for the presidency. Gingrich is notable for his Contract with America which was a list of promises made by a group of Republicans to get America Back on the right track in 1994. Only two years into the Clinton administration this resulted in republicans regaining control of the house and senate.

Since his time as Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich has remained popular with conservatives. Gingrich has written a number of successful books on the subject of conservatism. He has also appeared regularly on the wildly popular Fox News show “Hanity”.

Gingrich is not however universally loved by conservatives and republicans. Gingrich has often been criticized by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh for compromising with Liberals on certain issues such as climate change. This could be a deciding factor in any serious run for the republican nomination in 2012, since the validity of climate change has recently become more controversial than ever. The Obama administration’s attempts to pass “Cap and Trade” legislation in a recession has been extremely unpopular because it would raise energy costs substantially. At the same time a number of scandals involving Al Gore and several scientists, who maintain that Global Warming is legitimate science, have opened the door for climate change to be challenged by conservatives on a global stage. Any run for president by Gingrich will likely hinge on his willingness to embrace the modern conservative view that evidence for man-made climate change is non-existent.

Regardless of this controversy, Newt Gingrich has been embraced by the popular conservative “TEA Party” movement. This unprecedented and growing movement of conservatives will undoubtedly have great influence in the next presidential election.

Newt Gingrich Videos

Carbon & Global Warming (03/08)
Carbon & Global Warming (Uploaded: 03/07)
Drilling Moratorium (06/10)
Global Warming and International Trade issue (06/10)
Government Bureaucracy vs. Capitalism (date ?)
Taxes and Job Creation (date ?)
Financial Crisis & Government Regulation (11/08)
English as Official Language of Government (12/08)