ABC News’ Arlette Saenz (@ArletteSaenz) reports:
For the first time since his campaign saw a huge staff shake up, Newt Gingrich spoke to media outside his McLean, Va. home today, citing “strategic differences” between himself and the departed staff.
“We had a strategic disagreement about how to run a campaign,” Gingrich said. “There have been very few campaigns that have been solutions oriented and that are oriented to every single American.”
In response to reports that staffers disagreed with his dedication to campaigning, Gingrich was defiant and said he plans to campaign “very intensely.”
“I’m prepared to go out and to campaign very intensely but I want a campaign on ideas and on solutions and I want to do it in a way that brings Americans together into a large movement.”
“There is a fundamental strategic difference between the traditional consulting community and the kind of campaign I want to run. Now we’ll find out over the next year who’s right.”
On reports about a rift between the campaign staff and his wife, Callista, Gingrich said they make decisions together.
“We make decisions as a couple. I think most couples would find that refreshing, not a problem and I think that what we’ve been trying to do is carry messages to the American people and listen to the American people and you’ll see us over the next few weeks doing it in new and dynamic and much more open ways than the traditional consultants are comfortable with.”
Gingrich said he is committed to running for president to offer the country with ideas and solutions to the issues to the problems plaguing the country.
“I am a candidate for president of the United States because I think we are in the early stages of the Obama depression.”
Gingrich is committed to his scheduled event in Los Angeles on Sunday along with attending the New Hampshire debate on Monday.