MANCHESTER, N.H. – Speaking to a crowd of mostly Republican activists, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he is seeking to organize meetings in all of New Hampshire’s 234 cities and towns this fall that he hopes will “revolutionize” the presidential primary campaign.
On a day when Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed legislation placing his state’s presidential primary earlier than ever, Gingrich was not talking tactics of how to win early states, but big ideas on how to reform government and change the way Americans talk about government.
He was in New Hampshire for two events in Manchester. The first was a book signing event at Wal-Mart. At the second event, with activists at the Chateau Restaurant, he said lawmakers need to use the language of business to derive solutions: How can we offer more choices? How can we offer higher quality? How can we lower costs? How can we offer greater convenience?
Gingrich wants these principles to be the focal point in workshops he is convening all over New Hampshire and the nation. The workshops will be held on September 27 and on the following Saturday, September 29.
Gingrich believes that if he can get like-minded individuals in a room to begin talking about how to solve big problems with big ideas, these meetings can have a big impact on the race for president and change the discourse of the campaign.
“This is not a look-at-me Newt Gingrich type of event,” said Gingrich.
But if he can pull it off, he would have the equivalent of 234 city and town chairs to launch a presidential campaign if he does decide to go forward and seek the GOP nomination.