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Newt Gingrich Concedes That Roll-Out Could Have Been Better


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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich acknowledged his team flubbed the announcement last week that he planned to raise money and explore a bid for the White House in 2012.

"It (the roll-out) led to unfortunate confusion," Gingrich told the Des Moines Register Monday. "I wish we had been a little more structured last week. But I don't take it as a very serious problem."

He added his team does "many, many things, and most of them reasonably well."

At a media appearance at the state capitol in Atlanta, Georgia Thursday, Gingrich said he was taking the first official step toward a presidential bid, with a new website to accompany the exploratory phase. However, the announcement came after the Gingrich team was forced to clarify the Republican's presidential intentions following reports Gingrich planned to announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, a step that requires a candidate to file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.

"We live in an age of 24-7 constant surveillance of really smart people, and every once in a while something ragged will happen to every single campaign," Gingrich said. "And I think the real trick is to relax, live it out and keep moving."