August 26, 2012
The Republican National Committee released details Sunday of a series of policy workshops to be hosted by Newt Gingrich at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida, this week.
In a statement about the schedule, the RNC said that “Newt U” will consist of workshops for delegates aimed at expanding on the daily themes of the convention.
The former Republican presidential contender told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in July that he would not have a prime-time speaking role at the Republican convention. Gingrich assured Blitzer, however, that he would have a highly visible position in Tampa hosting policy senimars. He stopped short of providing further details on the unique role.
“I’m working with them right now on a project that I think you’ll love that has a lot more time than just an evening speech,” Gingrich said on “The Situation Room.”
As host of the “Newt U” workshop series, the former professor will address delegates at all of the convention’s seminars, along with various other speakers, to provide an in-depth look at the chosen topic of the day.
In the release about the schedule, the RNC said Monday’s workshop will focus on jobs and Medicare and will feature speakers like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Lahnee Chen, the policy director for Mitt Romney’s campaign. Callista Gingrich, the former House speaker’s wife, will speak at Tuesday’s convention session focused on small businesses. Wednesday’s workshop will focus on energy policy, while the final day of the convention’s seminars will discuss “Obamacare.”
Because of the predicted arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac, the RNC announced Saturday the convention will convene Monday but activities will be postponed until Tuesday. It is unclear if the announced schedule for “Newt U” will be subject to the same weather-related restrictions.
Earlier this week, Gingrich formally released his delegates and urged them to vote for Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee.
New Details Released on Gingrich’s Convention Role
- on August 26, 2012