Friday, 13 May 2011

Newt Gingrich Declares

Newt Gingrich announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to be President of the United States of America in a 2 minute YouTube video. Looking straight at the camera and backed by some rather questionable  music he said: "I'm Newt Gingrich, and I'm 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."

The former Speaker of the House from Georgia joins Gary Johnson, Fred Karger and most recently Ron Paul as the main runners for the GOP nomination who have officially declared their nomination. Whilst undoubtedly he was a big name in the party just over a decade ago, famed for locking horns with President Bill Clinton, his star somewhat waned as he later resigned after a disastrous performance in the 1998 mid-term elections. He's now 67 years old and it is probable his longevity will be brought into question but side-lining him as being too old would be a mistake. He's popular amongst both social and, to a lesser extent, fiscal conservatives and was once the darling of the party even rivalling a President in popularity with the American people.