Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain is set to formally announce a 2012 presidential bid on May 21 in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, CNN reports. Although still a long shot, Cain’s prospective candidacy got a bit of a boost during last week’s GOP presidential primary debate, after which a focus group declared him the winner.
“We are running an operation because we are first-tier. We’re serious,” Cain’s communications director Ellen Carmichael told CNN. She also said that during the May 21 event Cain would not just deliver a speech, but “an experience.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Georgia) is expected to formally launch his presidential campaign this week via Facebook and Twitter. Gingrich was the architect of the 1994 Republican revolution that enabled his party to gain control of the U.S. House of Representatives after 40 long years in the minority. He resigned four years later with controversy swirling over his head, including a messy personal life that included extra-marital affairs while calling for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Since leaving office, Gingrich has remained politically active, creating several think tanks and policy centers.
“I have been humbled by all the encouragement you have given me to run. Thank you for your support," he posted on his Facebook page. “Be sure to watch Hannity this Wednesday at 9pm ET/8pm CT. I will be on to talk about my run for president of the United States.”
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