Tampa, Fla. — Minutes after arriving in Tampa, Newt Gingrich appeared to make big news by saying he would, in fact, speak at the Republican convention this week.
Asked at the baggage claim in Tampa whether he was going to speak at the convention, the former 2012 presidential candidate told The Hill that he will be — on Wednesday.
Gingrich, however, is not on the schedule to address the GOP delegates. And earlier this month, Gingrich said he was fine with that.
However, the former Speaker is scheduled to speak during various policy forums in Tampa this week.
He did offer some political analysis, telling The Hill that Mitt Romney can cut into President Obama’s lead among Hispanics by talking about energy and jobs.
If Romney can get 38 to 40 percent of Hispanics, “Obama is going to be in a lot of trouble,” he said.
Romney’s campaign has only picked a couple of his former 2012 rivals to address the convention: former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Source: THE HILL