Newt Gingrich

12:01am

Wed May 11, 2011
The Spark

A Glimpse Of The Great War Shaped A Young Gingrich

Then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich holds up a copy of the Republican Party's "Contract with America" during a rally to celebrate the first 50 days of the Republican majority in Congress in 1995.
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NPR has been profiling some of the Republicans who are considering a presidential run in 2012, to find out what first sparked their interest in politics. Read more of those profiles.

When you ask many politicians what inspired them to a life of public service, you often hear familiar words about a commitment to helping people, or perhaps a desire to run government more like a business.

Newt Gingrich has a different story to tell.

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12:28pm

Wed March 9, 2011
It's All Politics

Newt Gingrich Seems To Blame Past Personal Lapses On Patriotism

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich can't avoid the reality that his personal past is a problem in Republican primaries and caucuses where social conservative activists, including born-again Christians, will play a large role in choosing who eventually becomes the Republican nominee.

So his challenge is to arrive at a formulation that explains some of that controversial behavior, including the extramarital affair that led to his third and current marriage.

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