Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced on Twitter Wednesday that he is running for president -- a first for social media, according to CNN.
"Today I am announcing my candidacy for President of the United States," Gingrich tweeted just after 4 p.m. "You can watch my announcement here," he wrote, providing a link to his website.
Gingrich will also sit down for an exclusive with Fox News' Sean Hannity Wednesday night to talk more about his decision. He came excruciatingly close, at least for an eager corps of political reporters, to making his announcement in March before pulling back. Instead he created a website without actually creating a presidential exploratory committee.
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