Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich plans to officially enter the presidential race early next week, he toldHotline On Call before Saturday’s White House Correspondents Dinner.
“I’ll be in by the 10th or 11th,” Gingrich said, without elaborating on where or how he would announce his candidacy.
Gingrich spokesperson Rick Tyler cited those “business entanglements” and “contractual obligations” last week in explaining that Gingrich would not participate in the first GOP primary debate in South Carolina on Thursday. Participants in the debate are required to have filed paperwork for an exploratory committee with the FEC, which Gingrich has been unable to do.
Gingrich, whose campaign will be headquartered in Atlanta, will address the Georgia Republican Party’s annual convention on May 13.