Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich believes he’s the only GOP presidential candidate with in-depth experience in U.S. foreign policy -- the result of being third in the line of presidential succession during his reign as speaker during the Clinton administration.
According to a veteran GOP insider and longtime Gingrich friend, that’s one big reason the former speaker has decided to run for the GOP nomination for president – an announcement he’s expected to make Wednesday on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program.
“On Hannity, he will speak of his accomplishments. And I think that America will have a whole new appreciation for what Newt did accomplish, and what he can accomplish as President,” Gingrich’s longtime friend told Newsmax.
That GOP insider tells Newsmax that Gingrich received extensive, classified national-security briefings during his term as Speaker of the House. From 1995 to 1999, he was the man who would have ascended to power after then-President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.
That experience has given Gingrich expertise that his GOP competitors won’t be able to offer, the Newsmax source says.
In terms of domestic policy, Gingrich's experience is equally formidable. He is credited with playing a key role in negotiating reforms with Clinton, which led to an overhaul of the welfare system in America. Gingrich is also credited with pushing Clinton and congressional Democrats to adopt a balanced budget.
“Newt’s accomplishments when he was Speaker of the House were extensive -- but Newt really hasn’t pointed these out to the public. When he left office, he left behind a legacy of legislative triumph and a balanced budget,” the source said.
Gingrich, 67, posted a message on his Facebook page Monday that read: “I have been humbled by all the encouragement you have given me to run.”
He directed supporters to view his Wednesday interview on Fox, adding, “I will be on to talk about my run for president of the United States.”
According to the Newsmax source, it’s no accident that Gingrich has chosen Hannity’s program to announce his candidacy.
In the 2008 cycle, Gingrich reportedly was on the verge of announcing his candidacy on Hannity’s program, and Hannity had made special arrangements to accommodate him. But Gingrich changed his mind and pulled out at the last moment. So this time, around Gingrich feels obliged to announce his candidacy on Hannity’s show.
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