The latest from the Fox News “12 in 2012” series, this time on Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House.

From Fox News:

Every four years, Iowa is home to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, so when Newt Gingrich showed up at the Iowa State Fair in August, it raised the obvious question about what his plans are for the next couple years.

“If I decide to run, it will be because I think there’s a real chance to win, and help the American people reorganize this country to get it back to success again. If I just want to make noise, I can make noise without being a candidate, it’s a lot less expensive,” Gingrich told Fox News about his presidential considerations.

But forget inexpensive. The former House speaker’s noisemaking can be downright lucrative. Since he left Congress in 1998, Gingrich has written 15 books, produced six documentaries, made hundreds of appearances on the speaking circuit and signed on as a Fox News contributor.

Indeed, Gingrich has become a veritable “ideas conglomerate” that produces advice and strategy for any Republican who wants to listen, including those in the new House majority.

“They have to take up repeal of the Obama health plan because their base absolutely demands it. They have to take up spending cuts and they have to stop the tax increases,” Gingrich said.

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