Gingrich 2.0 Takes Shape

By Eliza

Jun 10, 2011 6:09pm

ABC News’ Arlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz) reports: Just days after sixteen staffers bolted from his campaign, Newt Gingrich is set to revitalize his campaign with Gingrich 2.0 in Beverly Hills on Sunday where he will deliver a major foreign policy address.

At the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Summer Bash on Sunday, Gingrich plans to outline a ten point strategy for Israel and the Middle East that he says “fundamentally changes the disastrous policy the administration is on right now.”

Rewind five weeks back to Newt’s first event as a candidate in Washington, D.C, a short distance from his home in McLean, Va.  Gingrich used his inaugural campaign speech to debut his “Jobs and Prosperity Plan,” an economic plan aiming to halt the 2013 tax increase, reduce the deficit, reform entitlement programs, and boost incentives to stimulate greater business investment in the United States.

In the first five weeks of his candidacy, Newt hit the campaign trail 12 of 37 days.  During that time, he visited Iowa once for a 17-city-tour of the Hawkeye State, South Carolina one time, and New Hampshire twice – and don’t forget to add in that week long excursion in the Mediterranean.

Former staffers complained Gingrich was not committed to campaigning, a claim Gingrich rebuked Friday morning.

“I'm prepared to go out and to campaign very intensely,” Gingrich told ABC News.

His campaign outlook for the week is sparse but also scattered throughout the country.  Following his speech in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Gingrich will jump on a red eye to Manchester, NH where he will participate in the CNN/WMUR Republican presidential primary debate Monday night.  Tuesday, he’ll hop over to Concord, NH to deliver a speech at the “Future of Small Business in America Forum.”

Thursday, Gingrich heads to New Orleans for the Republican Leadership conference, and next weekend, Gingrich might venture back to Iowa for the “Strong America Now” Deficit Free America Summit.

And what staffers should we expect to see on the campaign trail next week?  An aide tells ABC News at least three staffers will accompany him to the debates in New Hampshire, in addition to his two daughters and his wife, Callista. 

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