Newt not bothered by lack of speaking slot at convention

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Newt Gingrich, the one-time Republican candidate for president who traded sharp barbs with presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, will not have a solo speaking slot on the stage at the Republican National Convention later this month—but he’s not bothered by it.

Instead, Gingrich, also a former speaker of the House, will host “Newt University” during the convention in Tampa later this month.

Appearing on Morning Joe Thursday, Gingrich said he negotiated for the university slot, because it appeals to the “teacher side of me.” The Republican politician was a professor of geography and history for several years in the 1970s.

“It sort of fits my personality; it’s the idea-oriented approach I like to take,” he said.

Although Gingrich ultimately endorsed Romney after bowing out of the race, he first called him a few names along the campaign trail, including “liar.”

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Newt not bothered by lack of speaking slot at convention

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