Thursday, February 9, 2012

Gingrich plans Campaign stop in Carrollton

Newt Gingrich is planning a campaign stop this month at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, the site where he launched his political career 38 years ago.

“It’s not a hard and fast date yet, but Feb. 17 is the target date we’re looking at,” Dr. Mel Steely, retired UWG professor and former Gingrich staffer, said Wednesday. “He will make a short speech and then answer questions afterwards.”

Steely said the UWG Campus Center, across from the library, will be the likely staging area.

He said the Carrollton appearance will probably be part of a full-day Gingrich campaign bus tour of Northwest Georgia, including stops in several other cities. He is not sure what time the Carrollton stop will occur.

“He’ll try to cover as much territory as he can,” Steely said. “I know he wants to come this way and see some of his old supporters and campaigners from the 1970s and '80s.”

Steely said he was contacted by Gingrich campaign staffers because they needed a contact for the UWG campus.

The Associated Press repoted that Gingrich is turning his focus to Georgia and other Southern states holding primaries on March 6, “Super Tuesday.” He would like to win the Georgia vote by the biggest possible margin.

After trailing far behind candidates Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s caucuses in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, Gingrich spent Tuesday campaigning in Ohio, where early voting for the Super Tuesday primary has begun, and had no immediate comment on the outcome.

Read more:Times-Georgian - Gingrich plans campaign stop in Carrollton

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