From NBC's Catherine Chomiak
In an appearance this afternoon in his home state of Georgia, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) today announced he launched a Web site -- not an exploratory committee -- to help him examine the possibility of a 2012 presidential bid.
"Because of our concern for the future of the country, our concern for our grandchildren and all of the children of this country who are faced with, I think, a very dramatic choice of which future we're going to have, we are today establishing a Web site -- NewtExplore2012.com," Gingrich said.
Standing next to his wife, Callista, he cited their beliefs to restore American exceptionalism, to dramatically shrink the government in Washington, D.C., to get back to a balanced budget, to decrease unemployment, and to make Americans safer.
"We will look at this very seriously and we will very methodically lay out the framework of what we'll do next," Gingrich stressed.
"We'll be back. There will be many more chances to have conversations. I simply wanted to give you that, and I think you will have more than enough to write about," Gingrich joked to a room for of reporters at the press conference.
Media attention and predictions over just what Gingrich would say today began earlier this week when one of his top advisers, Joe Gaylord, told the Des Moines Register Gingrich would announce he was forming an exploratory committee during his visit to Georgia. Later, a Gingrich press release refuted the Register article saying it "contains a significantly inaccurate statement." The release went on to say, "To be clear, while Speaker Gingrich is in Georgia on Thursday, he will NOT announce the formation of an exploratory committee."