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February 23, 2012 2:40 pm
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Newt Gingrich to Speak at AIPAC

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Newt Gingrich. Photo: Gage Skidmore.

Forward – The former U.S. House of Representatives speaker, who is trailing in the race for the Republican presidential nod, is the first in the GOP field to announce his participation in the March 4-6 conference.

Gingrich is slated to speak March 5, a day after President Obama.

The last time a challenger faced an incumbent, when Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) was running against President George W. Bush in 2004, AIPAC said its policy was not to allow challengers to speak.  But the AIPAC board has ended the policy, a source close to the lobby told JTA, in part because Kerry and his supporters among AIPAC donors were furious at the snub.

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