Newt Gingrich's Campaign: A Look Back

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A look back at Gingrich wouldn't be complete without mentioning his moon base. "By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American," Gingrich said in Florida to a standing ovation.

From his many zoo visits, a stop a Space Camp in Alabama, to hilarious photo-ops like Gingrich putting an Etch A Sketch in a toy alligator's mouth in Louisiana, the reporters on the trail were never disappointed. "This is fun, isn't it?" Gingrich would often say to his staff and reporters following him.

"The fact is, I love life. I love getting up in the morning. I love seeing what the weather is going to be. I love animals. I love the process of interacting with people. I like learning," Gingrich told a group of students in Illinois in March. And frankly, it's the best self-explanation of Gingrich to date.

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