In an appearance on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program Sunday morning, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said he would be giving a major speech on space later this week in Florida. The former Speaker of the House, fresh off a victory Saturday in the GOP primary in South Carolina, said he would be giving a series of speeches on various topics in Florida this week in advance of the January 31 primary there. “I’ll give a speech on the Space Coast, for example, about the future of man in space and the future of the United States in space,” he said in the first half-minute of the appearance.
At the 8:10 mark, he also mentions his upcoming speech after referencing his 1984 book Window of Opportunity, which includes a chapter about space. “I’ll be at the Space Coast in Florida this week giving a speech, a visionary speech, on the United States going back into space in the John F. Kennedy tradition rather than the current bureaucracy.” That rhetoric sounds similar to some of his earlier comments that have been disdainful of NASA bureaucracy, such as this appearance in Florida in October.
Gingrich didn’t disclose exactly when he would give this speech, but it’s likely to be on Wednesday. Florida Today reports that Gingrich has two appearances on the Space Coast on Wednesday afternoon, attending a “‘Space & Technology Roundtable’ with Leaders of the Space Community” and, later, a town hall meeting in Cocoa, Florida. According to the same article, another candidate, Rick Santorum, will also speak on the Space Coast on Saturday—which, by chance, also happens to be the 26th anniversary of the loss of Challenger.