Gingrich will not announce exploratory committee Thursday

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not announce the formation of an exploratory committee to run for president on Thursday, his spokesman said Tuesday.

After a day of speculation resulting in reports that Gingrich would announce that he's taking the first step toward running for the Republican presidential announcement, his spokesman said that the former Speaker would not be making that announcement on Thursday.

"Gingrich is not travelling to Georgia to announce that he will form 'an exploratory committee' as stated in the Des Moines Register," said Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler. "To be clear, while Speaker Gingrich is in Georgia on Thursday, he will NOT announce the formation of an exploratory committee."

The former Speaker is among the Republicans considering seeking the nomination, and Gingrich's camp has acknowledged that he's likely to make a decision sometime soon about running. But that decision won't come Thursday, according to Tyler, who knocked down several stories on Tuesday reporting just that.

Tyler said the trip to Georgia was scheduled months ago, and Gingrich accepted an invitation to travel to the state, which he represented in Congress, in his capacity as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.

Gingrich will almost certainly face questions, though, about his political future during a media availability following his meeting Thursday with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R).