ATLANTA (Reuters) - Former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Thursday he will explore a 2012 presidential run in the weeks ahead as he edged closer to a formal Republican candidacy.
"We will look at this very seriously and very methodically and lay out a framework for what we will do next," Gingrich told reporters at a brief news conference.
He announced that he is establishing a website called newtexplore2012.com.
Gingrich stopped short of announcing a formal presidential exploratory committee, giving him more time to work out his business interests before becoming a formal candidate.
(Reporting by Matt Bigg)