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Fox suspends Gingrich, Santorum

Wednesday, March 02, 2011
  Newt Gingrich, a prominent U.S. Republican and now a convert to Catholicism, discusses a new film, Nine Days that Changed the World which he co-produced on Pope John Paul IIs historic role in defeating communism in eastern Europe, on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in Warsaw, Poland. Poster reads: In tribute to John Paul and the Polish nation. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) 
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Newt Gingrich, a prominent U.S. Republican and now a convert to Catholicism, discusses a new film, "Nine Days that Changed the World" which he co-produced on Pope John Paul II's historic role in defeating communism in eastern Europe, on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in Warsaw, Poland. Poster reads: In tribute to John Paul and the Polish nation. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (AP)

Fox News Channel says it has suspended contributors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for two months as the men explore a possible White House run.

The network, in an on-air announcement by Bret Baier on Wednesday, said the contracts for the two men will be suspended until May 1. Their contracts will be terminated unless they notify the network by then that they are not running for president.

Both Gingrich, the former House speaker, and former Pennsylvania senator Santorum have not declared candidacies. But they have signaled that they are seriously considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

The news network has other potential candidates on its payroll, including Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, but their status was not addressed on Wednesday.

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