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A Return to 'Hope' in Red Wrapping: Newt Gingrich Is Running for President

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"Newt Gingrich, a former Georgia congressman who became the first Republican speaker of the House in decades in 1995, announced Wednesday afternoon his candidacy for president in 2012," reports the Los Angeles Times. Gingrich released a YouTube video touting his hat-in-ring-tossing for the next big American vote, saying that he believes "we can return America to hope and opportunity."

How did Gingrich, 67, opt to reveal his announcement? Via Twitter, natch. The news actually broke Gingrich's website, notes the Times, when the Tweet included a link to his official site, "which was at times inaccessible because of demand." An "exploratory" site has been up for some time, and an un-affiliated Blogspot site has been running in support of Gingrich, who is "is widely viewed as the most serious official Republican candidate so far," remarks CNN.

Gingrich's slogan, "Winning the Future Together," might sound like a riff on a current Charlie Sheenism, but it's actually the title of his 2005 book, and "his credo since his State of the Union address in January. "

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The GOP pool of candidates to run opposite Barack Obama in his second-term bid has been murky, and mired with the vox populi-meets-pop culture presence of people like Sarah Palin and Donald Trump.