Meet The 2012 GOPers: Ex-Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA)

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1||Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is perhaps best remembered as President Bill Clinton’s Republican foil in the 1990s. He’s flirted many times over the years with a presidential run, but finally made the push for 2012. He struggled spectacularly in the early going, but has since — sort of — righted the ship. At least in so much as he’s still around. Let’s take a look at Gingrich over the past two decades.

October 25, 2011: Gingrich and his wife Callista wield a giant axe at an event in Concord, New Hampshire, after signing a pledge to cut taxes, spending, and government. ||Associated Press&&

2||May 7, 2009: From left, senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, Gingrich and Rev. Al Sharpton discuss education reform with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.||newscom/Pete Souza – White House via CNP&&

3||President Ronald Reagan and Gingrich in 1985.||Wikimedia&&

4||April 12, 1996: Gingrich answers reporters’ questions while holding a python at the St. Louis Zoo.||newscom/Bill Greenblatt&&

5||December 22, 1996: Gingrich and President Bill Clinton during a meeting on the budget and partial shutdown of the government.||newscom/Ken Cedeno&&

6||February 6, 1996: From left, former First Lady Betty Ford, former President Gerald Ford, former First Lady Nancy Reagan and Gingrich at Ronald Reagan’s 85th birthday. More than 500 attended the celebration at Chasen’s, the restaurant where Reagan proposed to his wife.||newscom/Jim Ruymen&&

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8||September 17, 1996: Gingrich at a press conference in Tampa, Florida, holds an ice bucket to represent government waste, and how he saved money on ice being delivered to the House.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

9||October 21, 2010: Gingrich speaks at a Tea Party Express event in San Diego. ||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

10||Gingrich in 2004 discusses his book Grant Comes East at a Borders bookstore in New York City.||newscom/Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMA Press&&

11||August 13, 1996: Gingrich addresses the Republican National Convention in San Diego.||newscom/Jim Ruymen&&

12||July 17, 1997: From left, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), Gingrich and former Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) at a news conference.||newscom/Congressional Quarterly&&

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14||August 5, 1997: From left, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, Gingrich, President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore during a ceremony to sign budget reconciliation measures.||newscom/Congressional Quarterly&&

15||July 29, 1997: Gingrich greets Boy Scouts from New Orleans.||newscom/Congressional Quarterly&&

16||May 19, 2007: Gingrich delivers the commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.||newscom/ALEXIS C. GLENN/UPI&&

17||January 13, 1998: Bill Gates and Gingrich in Redmond, Washington.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

18||Gingrich and his wife, Callista, arrive at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.

See more of our 2012 GOPer slideshows here: Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney.||newscom/Mike Theiler/UPI&&

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David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.
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