Newt Gingrich says he plans a late May “announcement” at noon in front of Independence Hall, CNN reports. He says he’s leaning toward a yes.
But after even he admitted his initial roll-out was uneven, there's a problem with Independence Hall -- it's currently undergoing a historical restoration and won't be finished by late May. The restoration only started a few months ago and will last at least a year and a half. That might not exactly yield the kind of pictures Team Gingrich would want.
Palin campaign would be based in Arizona
Sarah Palin was criticized for that "Target Map" in the aftermath of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. Well, a Palin source tells Politico if she runs she’ll base her campaign in Scottsdale, Arizona, to be near daughter Bristol, who recently moved there. Arizona is also the home state of her 2008 running mate, John McCain.
Ben Smith notes: "Basing a campaign there would be a provocative rejection of any lingering political cost from those who connect her harsh rhetoric and Gabrielle Giffords' shooting -- a traditional refusal to retreat. It's also the core of the politically contested, fast-growing new West."
(Hat tips: Taegan Goddard.)