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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign stop at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. (March 27, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Republican Newt Gingrich campaigns for his party's nomination for president.

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In this April 2, 2012, file photo Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, waits to speak at a campaign stop in Frederick, Md.

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich addresses a campaign town hall-style meeting at the Hodson Auditorium on the campus of Hood College in Frederick, Md. (April 2, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign stop at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. (March 27, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, speaks during the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in Camp Hill, Pa. (March 24, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich displays an etch-a-sketch during a Tea Party Presidential forum and straw poll hosted by the LSU College Republicans in Baton Rouge, La. (March 22, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks at a town hall meeting at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La. (March 20, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich address supporters gathered at a local restaurant in New Orleans. (March 16, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks at a rally in Rosemont, Ill. (March 14, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks at a rally in Brandon, Miss. (March 11, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, accompanied by his wife Callista, speaks at a rally in Jackson, Miss. (March 8, 2012)

Newt Gingrich speaks to supporters at Gwinnett Chamber
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Newt Gingrich speaks to supporters at Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce in Duluth, Ga. The former speaker of the House, is campaigning throughout Georgia and Alabama during Super Tuesday when the greatest number of states hold primary elections with 437 delegates at stake, including the Georgia's 76. (March 6, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate and former House speaker Newt Gingrich speaks in Duluth, Ga. (March 6, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce in Duluth, Ga. Ten states, including Georgia, are holding caucuses and primaries to choose the Republican presidential nominee. (March 6, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce in Duluth, Georgia. (March 6, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks in Brunswick, Ga. (March 2, 2012)

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and his wife, Callista, receive prayers during a visit to Rock Springs Baptist Church in Miner, Ga. Gingrich is focusing his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination in Georgia, the state he represented in Congress. (Feb. 26, 2012)

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaks at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Miner, Ga. He is focusing his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination in the state he represented in Congress. (Feb. 26, 2012)

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaks during a visit to First Redeemer Church, a Baptist congregation, in Cumming, Ga. He is focusing his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination in the state he represented in Congress. (Feb. 26, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, and former presidential candidate Herman Cain, leave after a news conference at a campaign stop in Cumming Parkway, Ga. (Feb. 18, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich waves during a campaign stop in Peachtree City, Ga. (Feb. 17, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich shakes hands during a campaign stop at the Tulare World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign stop in South El Monte, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich arrives for a campaign event in South El Monte, CA. (Feb. 13, 2012)

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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich speaks at the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. (Feb. 10, 2012)

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich addresses the 39th
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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich addresses the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. (Feb. 10, 2012)

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GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker from Georgia, speaks during a campaign stop in Dayton, Ohio. (Feb. 7, 2012)

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GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign stop in Columbus, Ohio. (Feb. 7, 2012)

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During a campaign trip to Ohio, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, visit Hawthorn Hill, the Oakwood home of aviation pioneer Orville Wright. (Feb. 7, 2012)

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During a campaign trip to Ohio, GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich takes a tour inside Hawthorn Hill, the Oakwood home of aviation pioneer Orville Wright. (Feb. 7, 2012)

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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich speaks at a rally in Golden, Colo., on the eve of the state's GOP caucuses. (Feb. 6, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich gives a thumbs up to a supporter in Las Vegas, Nev. (Feb. 1, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich greets supporters during a visit to the Great Basin Brewing Company in Reno, Nev. (Feb. 1, 2012)

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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista greet a supporter and her dog during a visit to a voting precinct at Celebration Heritage Hall in Celebration, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista talk with supporters outside a polling place on primary day in Celebration, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich boards his bus after visiting his Polk County campaign headquarters in Lakeland, Fla. Polls show Gingrich's fellow candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with a double digit lead going into the Florida primary. (Jan. 31, 2012)

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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich (R) and his wife Callista Gingrich pose with Paityn Ruud-Johnson (C) during a visit to a voting precinct at the First Baptist Church of Windermere in Orlando, Florida. (Jan. 31, 2012)

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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich (R) and his wife Callista Gingrich visit a voting precinct at the First Baptist Church of Windermere in Orlando, Florida. (Jan. 31, 2012)

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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista Gingrich visit a voting precinct at the First Baptist Church of Windermere in Orlando, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2012)

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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich (L) and his wife Callista Gingrich (R) pose for a photograph with ten-year-old Kieran (R) and eight-year-old Mackienzie (L) Tuttle at a rally at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. (Jan. 30, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks in Orlando, Fla., as his wife Callista listens. (Jan. 30, 2012)

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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich speaks to the media after visiting Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich,
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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaks to media during a news conference outside the Exciting Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2012)

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Republican presidential hopeful, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich addresses supporters with his wife Callista inside an aircraft hangar at the Tampa Jet Center in Tampa, Florida. (Jan. 30, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich shows off the key to the city after it was presented to him during a campaign event in Naples, Fla. Newt Gingrich campaigns for votes in Florida before the Jan. 31 primary. (Jan. 24, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich talks with the Florida Times-Union editorial board in Jacksonville, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks in Delray Beach, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2012)

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Republican presidential hopeful, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, delivers remarks during a Hispanic Town Hall at the Centro de la Familia church in Orlando, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2012)

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich speaks to the
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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich speaks to the media after visiting Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks during campaign stop in Fort Myers, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2012)

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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich waves to the crowd as he signs autographs during a campaign rally with senior citizens in retirement community called, The Villages, in Lady Lake, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, left, and Mitt Romney shake hands at the end of a debate sponsored by CNN at the University North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich looks out at the audience at Florida International University in Miami, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2012)

Newt Gingrich with his granddaughter Maggie Cushman after
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Newt Gingrich with his granddaughter Maggie Cushman after a rally in South Carolina. (Jan. 21, 2012)

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Newt Gingrich waves to the crowd with his wife Callista during a rally in South Carolina. (Jan. 21, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich takes part in a TV interview during a campaign event at the Grapevine Restaurant in Spartanburg, S.C. (Jan. 21, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, leaves after a campaign event at Chick-Fil-A, in Anderson, S.C., Jan. 21, 2012, on South Carolina's Republican primary election day.

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Republican presidential candidate former, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, seen with his wife Callista at center, campaigns at a Chick-Fil-A in Anderson, S.C., Jan. 21, 2012, on South Carolina's Republican primary election day.

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich,
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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaks during a campaign event at a Chick-Fil-A in Anderson, S.C., Jan. 21, 2012, on South Carolina's Republican primary election day.

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich,
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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, campaigns at a Chick-Fil-A in Anderson, S.C., Jan. 21, 2012, on South Carolina's Republican primary election day.

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Republican presidential candidate former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich makes a point during the opening question of a debate at the North Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina. (Jan. 19, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, left, and Newt Gingrich talk after a Fox News, Wall Street Journal-sponsored debate at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Jan. 16, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich greets people outside Webster Elementary School in Manchester, N.H. (Jan. 10, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich gestures during a campaign stop in Dover, N.H. (Jan. 9, 2012)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and former
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, right, spar as Ron Paul listens during a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during the New Hampshire GOP presidential debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. (Jan. 7, 2011)

Republican presidential hopeful and former House Speaker Newt
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Republican presidential hopeful and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich campaigns at Elly's Coffee Tea and Coffee House in Muscatine, Iowa. (Jan. 3, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, leave an event following the close of the Iowa caucus at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, Iowa. (Jan. 3, 2012)

NEWT GINGRICH REPUBLICAN BACKGROUND: Born June 17, 1943,
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NEWT GINGRICH
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BACKGROUND: Born June 17, 1943, in Harrisburg, Pa. A professor of education, he received a bachelor of arts from Emory University in 1965 and a doctorate in European history from Tulane University in 1971. He was U.S. representative from Georgia (1979-99) and was House speaker (1995-99). Married, with two children.

ISSUES: As House speaker in mid-1990s, he engineered passage of a seven-year balanced-budget plan. It was vetoed by President Bill Clinton but helped form a bipartisan balanced budget two years later. He supports constitutional balanced-budget amendment. He would repeal the 2010 financial industry and consumer protection regulations that followed the Wall Street meltdown and repeal the 2002 regulations enacted in response to the Enron and other corporate and accounting scandals. If the Defense of Marriage Act fails, he says, “you have no choice except a constitutional amendment” to ban gay marriage. He would repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law if Republicans win congressional majorities. On Social Security, he would give younger workers the option of diverting Social Security taxes to private retirement accounts. He would cut the corporate tax to 12.5 percent from maximum 35 percent, eliminate capital gains and estate taxes. For personal taxes, he would let people choose whether to file under the current system or pay a 15 percent tax. He initially criticized Obama for not intervening in Libya, then did an about-face after the president had sent in U.S. war planes to support the rebels fighting the government. He supported the Iraq War and opposed early timetables for withdrawal.

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, and his wife Callista, campaign at Elly's Coffee Tea and Coffee House in Muscatine, Iowa. (Jan. 3, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista walk from his campaign bus during a campaign stop at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club in Dubuque, Iowa. (Dec. 27, 2011)

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Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign stop in Columbia, S.C. (Dec. 23, 2011)

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), await the start of a Republican presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa. (Dec. 15, 2011)

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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with his wife Callista, holds an oversize replica of an ax after signing a pledge to cut taxes, spending and government in Concord, N.H. (Oct. 25, 2011)

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Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, center, arrives at Trump Tower to meet with Donald Trump in Manhattan on Dec. 5, 2011.

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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich arrives for a meeting with Donald Trump in New York. (Dec. 5, 2011)

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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks with a supporter upon his arrival for a meeting with Donald Trump in New York. (Dec. 5, 2011)

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Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich greets supporters in Charleston, S.C., with his wife Callista. (Nov. 28, 2011)

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Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks in Charleston, S.C. (Nov. 28, 2011)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks during a town hall meeting at the Naples Hilton in Naples, Fla. (Nov. 25, 2011)

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich greets supporters with his wife, Callista, at the Naples Hilton in Naples, Fla. (Nov. 25, 2011)

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Former House speaker and GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich chats with fellow contender Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann at the conclusion of the Republican presidential debate on national security. (Nov. 22, 2011)

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Republican presidential candidates former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich talk with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at a Republican presidential debate in Washington. (Nov. 22, 2011)

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In this Nov. 21, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at a town meeting at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks during a debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich. (Nov. 9, 2011)

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In this Aug. 12, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential hopeful former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista buy a pork chop lunch as they campaign at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during the Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. (March 26, 2011)

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican, participates in a news conference at the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C. Gingrich who is the founder of the Center for Health Transformation, spoke about the health care legislation that Congress passed a year ago. (March 18, 2011)

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Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the Wild Irish Breakfast in Nashua, N.H.(March 17, 2011)

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Newt Gingrich shakes hands with Andrew Jubinville while attending a St. Patrick's Day luncheon at the Boys and Girls Club of Salem March 17, 2011 in Salem, N.H. Gingrich is said to be weighing a possible run for president.

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition at the Point of Grace Church in Waukee, Iowa. (March 7, 2011)

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Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition in March in Waukee, Iowa. Five Republicans considering a run for president in 2012 presented themselves to hundreds of activists at the event. (March 7, 2011)

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks as his wife Callista looks on during a meeting with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal in the governor's office in Atlanta. Gingrich said he is launching a website to explore a run for president. (March 3, 2011)

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