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Newt Gingrich arrives in Yorba Linda to campaign

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich put in an appearance Wednesday at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda.

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich put in an appearance Wednesday at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda. (KABC Photo)

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich put in an appearance Wednesday at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda.

Gingrich has been on the political scene for decades, but when it comes to campaigning, he may be unique compared to his rivals. His approach to raising money is not by holding fundraisers. Instead, he uses the Internet and phone to get donations.

When it comes to campaign appearances, it looks more like a book promotion. Gingrinch and wife Callista were signing books and posing for pictures with supporters at the Nixon Library. He spoke about his new book, "A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters," and screened a documentary he helped produce.

It wasn't a campaign stop, nor was it a fundraiser. Gingrich said he'll leave the big money events for the GOP candidates who do it best: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman.

"My hope is sometime this fall the American voter is going to say these guys are terrific at raising money, Newt's actually terrific at figuring out how to solve problems," Gingrich said. "In this economy with a $2 trillion deficit, which do we need more?"

Gingrich is well aware he's trailing in the polls, especially since GOP frontrunner Perry stormed onto the scene, but he figures it's early.

"Herman Cain had a great run, he was the new thing. Then Michele Bachman, now Rick Perry's the new thing. It's a long way to January," Gingrich said.

Gingrich says he'll keep his criticism aimed at the president and not his rivals, though he did have this opinion about Perry's "treasonous" comment directed at Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

"I think Ben Bernanke is wrong, but he is a patriot and a decent human being," Gingrich said. "I think people who run for president have an obligation to be careful."

Gingrinch says he has bold ideas, large solutions to our nation's problems and decades of political experience to back up his claims. But is it enough to become the GOP presidential nominee?

"I'm kind of the tortoise in this race," Gingrich said. "I am one step behind building a base that is totally different from anybody else."

Gingrich told Eyewitness News he does not plan to launch any attack ads on his opponents during the campaign.

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