POLITICS
01/21/2011 10:31 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Report: Newt Gingrich Planning 2012 Presidential Run

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has told insiders that he plans to run for president in 2012, with Georgia as his base, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to the report, Gingrich has reached out to several prominent Republicans in his former home state in the last 24 hours, stating he intends on a 2012 presidential run.

However, a spokesman for Gingrich, Rick Tyler, denies that the former House Speaker has made a decision on 2012. Tyler states: "His plans are to decide on whether to create an exploratory committee in late February, and make a decision about his candidacy in March."

Gingrich, 67, is registered to vote in Virginia but has spent most of his adult life in Georgia and served as a congressman in Atlanta from 1979 to 1999. He toyed with the idea of a 2008 presidential bid before ultimately deciding against it.

Gingrich recently called President Obama's staff a "third term of the Clintons."