Former Speaker of the House Newt Gignrich has officially started his run for presidency, making the announcement in a Twitter post Wednesday.
"Today I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States," he wrote to followers.
In a YouTube video he added that, "There's a much better American future ahead."
The announcement was no surprise to most people. Gingrich had already been raising money and assembling a campaign team for months.
He's been an influential Republican for more than two decades. Gingrich engineered the contract with America that helped the GOP win the House of Representatives in 1994.
Still, getting into the race marks a comeback attempt by the former Georgia congressman. He stepped down from the House after four hectic years as speaker.
The twice-divorced Gingrich recently told CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody he has felt compelled to seek God's forgiveness for mistakes he's made in his life.
"Things happened in my life that were not appropriate. And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn't trapped in situation ethics," he said. "I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them. I found that I felt compelled to seek God's forgiveness."
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