Newt Gingrich on the stump and in the water

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Newt Gingrich in 2012Newt Gingrich, the former republican speaker of the U.S. House, stopped off in Harrisburg this afternoon to lend support to David Argall’s bid for the U.S. House seat occupied by Tim Holden.

Argall, a long time Pennsylvania Senator is trailing incumbent Democrat Holden by double digits in the 17th District.

“Whenever you are an underdog running against an 18 year incumbent with a boatload of lobbyist money from Washington, I need all the help I can get,” said Argall.

Gingrich was only too happy to stump for Argall – he is seeing even a better showing than in 1994, when republicans swept congress.

He predicts republicans will pick up more than four-dozen seats in the U.S. House and up to eight seats in the senate.

“Odds are better than even that in the House, we will gain 55 seats, the biggest one party swing since 1932,” said Gingrich.

He has been making similar stops all across the country to bring his prediction to fruition. But its not all about helping others. Gingrich’s tour, and it is a tour, is a warm-up for testing the waters of a presidential run in 2012.

Gingrich is a master of a lot, but subtlety is not one of his more refined qualities.

“Obviously you have two choices. You can do nothing and people wonder, or you can do something than people can write whatever they want,” said Gingrich.

Rock The Capital also asked, Susan Gingrich, Newt’s sister (pictured on the left), – who is traveling with him as she usually does – about her brother’s aspirations for 2012.

“I would like him to run. I would like everybody in America to listen to his ideas,” said Susan Gingrich.

Argall has a lot of ground to make up before the November 2nd election and a debate sure could come in handy.

Holden has stopped making appearances since he revealed this mother is quite ill.

“I am hopeful he will still be able to find time to debate. I think it is really important. I understand the human side of the equation. Certainly my prayers are with his family,” said Argall.

Rock the Capital asked Argall what kind of a bump Gingrich gave him.“I have no idea, but I just know every bit helps.”

With that Newt piled in to a van, to stump and test the waters in Ohio.

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