Politics & Government

In S.C., Gingrich assails Obama, praises Haley

Former Speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich railed against President Barack Obama administration’s spending during a Friday luncheon in Columbia while praising Republican gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley and state Sen. Mick Mulvaney in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. John Spratt of York.

The 20-year congressional veteran who now runs a consulting firm and is a Fox News Channel political contributor said he’s looking forward to spending more time in South Carolina but stopped short of revealing whether he will run for president in 2012. “It’s a long time between now and then,” Gingrich told The State, adding that he will likely make a decision in February or March.

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