"Newt Gingrich's Republican allies from his days as House speaker welcomed the news Monday that he plans to formally launch his presidential campaign Wednesday.
Former Louisiana representative Bob Livingston, who was to succeed Gingrich as speaker in 1998, said that Gingrich would be an exciting addition to the field and that he would likely support the Georgia Republican.
"Will he immediately unify everybody in the country? Probably not," Livingston said. "But I think that he's got a better understanding of some of the deeper issues that affect the country than most candidates do, and for that reason, I think it's a good idea that he's running."
Gingrich plans to announce his candidacy via Facebook and Twitter, according to spokesman Rick Tyler. Gingrich will follow those social media announcements with an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, a speech at the Georgia Republican Party Convention on Friday and an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.
He will have to overcome several hurdles in order to clinch the nomination — including concerns that social conservatives in the GOP have about his infidelity in two previous marriages." Read More - via USA Today