Gingrich, With Experience And Baggage, Joins Race

ATLANTA (AP) - Newt Gingrich says he's "humbled by all the encouragement" he's been given to run for president.

The former House Speaker took to social networking websites today to formally announce he's running. Gingrich led a national GOP resurgence in the 1990s before facing ethics questions and

He brings experience and some personal baggage to the race. The former Georgia congressman is well known to most Republicans and has a network of supporters and donors. But his acknowledged
marital infidelity and two divorces could pose a problem winning the party's presidential nomination.

He'll make his first speech as a candidate on Friday at the Georgia Republican Party Convention.

Gingrich is trying to position himself as a policy heavyweight who used his time in Congress to overhaul welfare, balance the federal budget and cut taxes.