Newt Gingrich to host ‘policy workshops’ at GOP convention

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will host a series of “public policy workshops for delegates” at the Republican National Convention later this month in Tampa, Fla.

A convention press release said that the 2012 presidential contender’s sessions would allow delegates to “brush up on the policy and U.S. history behind the GOP platform” and that the “daily sessions” would be taught by Gingrich. 

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"The goal is to prepare the American people with the facts to dispel myths and misinformation," said convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris, in the statement. "Speaker Gingrich is one of our party's most effective communicators, which is why he was asked to lead this effort."

Gingrich sought the GOP nomination this year, but exited after winning the South Carolina and Georgia primaries. His hopes of a Southern strategy rallying conservative voters disaffected with Romney fell short as he was heavily outspent by the former Massachusetts governor.

Gingrich has not been offered a convention speaking role in Tampa.

Earlier this week, the Republican National Committee announced that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would deliver the keynote and freshman Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) would introduce presumptive GOP Nominee Mitt Romney.

Christie and Rubio will be joined by many other prominent speakers at the GOP convention, in Tampa, Fla., including Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.