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Gingrich officially announces bid, makes laundry list of promises

Appearing before a stark black background, illuminated by a white light outline, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich officially announced his bid for the Republican nomination for president.

"I believe we can return America to hope and opportunity, to full employment, to real security, to an American energy program, to a balanced budget," Gingrich said, ticking off -- in an online video posted this afternoon -- just a few of the reasons why he says he's running for president.

In addition to what's listed above, Gingrich goes through a laundry list of promises.

He takes credit for, while working with Ronald Reagan, getting "jobs created again, Americans proud of America, and the Soviet Union disappeared."

"As Speaker of the House," Gingrich says, "I worked to reform welfare, to balance the budget, to control spending, to cut taxes to create economic growth, unemployment came down from 5.6% to under 4. For four years, we balanced the budget, and paid off $405 billion in debt. We've done it before, we can do it again."

Gingrich, who cited Reagan, did not note that Democrat Bill Clinton was president while he was speaker in the 1990s.

Gingrich also promises to "tell the truth" and "make the tough choices."

"There's a much better American future ahead," he says, "with more jobs, more prosperity, a better health system, longer lives, greater independent living, in a country that is decentralized under the 10th Amendment, with power once again back with the American people and away from Washington bureaucracy."

He adds, "There are some people who don't mind if America becomes a wreck as long as they dominate the wreckage. But you and I know better."

Also, on Gingrich's Web site, he takes a veiled dig at President Obama with this headline: "Together we win the future." (Obama's State of the Union slogan was "winning the future," which was also a title of one of Gingrich's books.")