Gingrich Makes First Appearance Since Mass Staff Resignation

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BEVERLY HILLS (KTLA) -- Newt Gingrich made his first official appearance Sunday night since the resignation of 16 top staff members last Thursday.

The former House Speaker who announced his bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination on May 11 spoke for over thirty minutes before Republican Jewish Coalition in Beverly Hills at 7:30pm. "I will endure the challenges," Gingrich said during his speech. "I will carry the message of American renewal to every part of this great land no matter what it takes."

Gingrich spent the majority of his time at the podium talking about foreign policy, accusing the Obama administration of "placing political correctness over common sense."

Gingrich has said that the speech represents a new beginning for his troubled campaign.

Weinergate blogger Andrew Breitbart also spoke at the event, followed by Rep Kevin McCarthy.

The resignations of Rob Johnson, his campaign manager, his press secretary and top strategists in New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as his six staff members in Iowa and Perdue, were the result of fundamental differences in campaign styles between the team and Gingrich.

One of the Gingrich staffers who resigned said it wasn't a personal issue, but there was a big question about his ability to raise money and the candidate's commitment to early voting states, particularly Iowa.

Gingrich responded to the resignation on his Facebook page.

"I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring. The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles," Gingrich wrote.

Following the speech, Gingrich will fly to New Hampshire to appear at a presidential debate Monday night, the first in which top-tier GOP contenders like former Govs. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota will participate. Also on Monday, Gingrich's new book "A Country Like No Other" is scheduled for release.

Gingrich was absent from the campaign trail for about two weeks recently because of a "planned" Mediterranean cruise with his wife, Callista, sparking debates about his commitment to the campaign. Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, who had signed on as Gingrich's national campaign co-chairman, told the Associated Press in an interview that Gingrich's decision to take leave for the vacation raised questions in his mind about Gingrich's commitment to the race.

Gingrich resigned as House speaker in 1999.

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