Newt Gingrich to host daily workshops at RNC

The former candidate claims he's cool with not speaking at the big show.

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Gingrich ran an insurgent presidential campaign this past year for the GOP nomination, and had momentum after he won the South Carolina primary on January 21. That led to the 10-day campaign for the Florida primary, which Mitt Romney won decisively.

Meanwhile the New York Times reports that Republicans are still deciding on whether or not to add Donald Trump to the program in Tampa.

The television personalty tells the Times simply ""I'm a very popular guy, as crazy as it might sound. It’s nice to be loved.”

In the story, Trump makes sure to mention that the Sarasota Republican Party is honoring him on August 26 for their "Statesmen of the Year" award, "adding that he did not want to overextend himself."

Translation: He knows he probably won't be invited.

Newt Gingrich will not be speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and the former House Speaker says he's quite okay with that.

Instead he says he'll be hosting daily workshops for delegates attending the convention, as he told MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday morning.

"I very often have done special sessions for delegates. Usually in the mornings, taking the teacher side of me. Last time for example we startled everybody because we had Reverend Al Sharpton there along with Governor (Tim) Pawlenty and Lisa Keegan, the (former) Superintendent for Education in Arizona. We did an entire session on school choice, and we got great attendance and great involvement. This time we're working with the Republican National Committee to develop a morning program that I hope will be announced in the next day or two from Tampa, and I'm very excited about it. It kind of fits my personality, the kind of idea-oriented approach I like to take."

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