Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will talk about his plans to begin raising money to test whether a bid for the GOP presidential nomination is feasible.
Gingrich is set to talk about the step at a news conference Thursday at the state Capitol in his home state of Georgia where he has a meeting with the governor.
Spokesman Rick Tyler says Gingrich "is entering the exploratory phase" of a presidential candidacy.
He is stopping short of setting up an exploratory committee, which would have made him a legal candidate. Tyler says Gingrich and his wife, Callista, oversee a web of commercial and nonprofit ventures and must tie up some loose ends with those businesses before they can take that step.
But Tyler says "this is a serious exploratory phase."