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Gingrich in Philadelphia: Stay tuned

April 28, 2011|By Colby Itkowitz, Morning Call
(AP Photo, Cheryl Senter )

Reporting from Washington — Newt Gingrich, a Pennsylvania native who has said he wanted to use Philadelphia as the backdrop to announce a presidential run, told reporters during a visit to the city Thursday to watch social media sites like Twitter and Facebook for a possible announcement next week.

He came to Philadelphia to receive an award from the Union League Club, a group founded in 1862 during the Civil War to support the Union and President Lincoln. He's exploring a run for president, but like Rick Santorum, has not officially filed with the Federal Election Commission.

"The spirit of Philadelphia, favors paychecks over food stamps, job creation over big government, decentralized government enforcing the tenth amendment, and balancing the federal budget with less spending and lower taxes," Gingrich was expected to say during his visit, according to prepared remarks.

In a recent Gallup poll of possible 2012 contenders, Gingrich received just 6%, tying with Ron Paul, but trailing Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump.

He has said he'd make an official decision on whether to run sometime in May.

This weekend he's headed to Pittsburgh to speak at the National Rifle Association convention.

colby.itkowitz@mcall.com

Cross posted from Pennsylvania Avenue.

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