Newt Gingrich to Announce 2012 Run on Facebook He'll make it official on Wednesday By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted May 9, 2011 11:27 AM CDT 40 comments Comments Former speaker of the house of representatives Newt Gingrich addresses the National Rifle Association's 140th annual meeting, Friday, April 29, 2011 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (Newser) – It is (more or less) official: Newt Gingrich is running for president. The former House speaker will make the not-exactly-unexpected announcement on Facebook and Twitter Wednesday, spokesman Rick Tyler tells the AP. The announcement comes ahead of an address to the Georgia Republican Party Convention on Friday. Gingrich has made little secret that he's running—in fact, he has already set up campaign headquarters in Atlanta.