Newt’s gearing up for ’08 after all, Politico reports:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will open a website by Monday in an effort to round up the $30 million in pledges that he says would be his ticket to entering the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
A longtime adviser, J. Randolph Evans of McKenna Long & Aldridge, will hold a press briefing at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Atlanta to describe plans for what Gingrich aides are calling a “feasibility assessment.”
Aides say Gingrich will announce his intentions by Oct. 21, ahead of a Michigan filing deadline.
During a recent breakfast with a Politico reporter and other journalists, Gingrich made it clear he has given a great deal of thought to how he would run, starting with a national television ad that would be heavy on his policy ideas.
Gingrich will not be forming an exploratory committee so his team “cannot collect cash, only pledges.”
Getting $30 million in three weeks will be a tall order, and top Republicans said they are skeptical it can be done, saying Gingrich has a large following but has hurt himself with his on-again, off-again approach to running.
Newt’s uniqe way of testing the waters comes in the form of his own draft Newt site.