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Newt Gingrich Cancels D.C. Book Signing



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    NAPLES, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Republican presidential hopeful and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista sign books after speaking at a Hilton Hotel on November 25, 2011 in Naples, Florida. Gingrich discussed foreign policy issues and restated his position on illegal immigrants in the United States. Gingrich, who has rose in recent polls following strong debate performances, had been written off earlier this year and is now expected to do well in the Iowa caucuses in early January. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Newt Gingrich loves signing books.  But he canceled Friday's signing event in D.C. due to "safety concerns." 

    He was supposed to provide his John Hancock alongside his wife, Callista, at 4 p.m. at the Hudson News inside Union Station.  But the event was canceled "in order to address public safety concerns."

    "Hudson News apologizes for the late notice and for any inconvenience to our customers," the statement read.

    But never fear, Gingrich fans.  Another book signing will occur in the DMV later this month.  Mrs. Gingrich will sign copies of her new book, "Sweet Land of Liberty," at 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Mount Vernon Visitors Center.

    Why book signings over stump speeches? Perhaps the AP's Philip Elliott summed it up best:

    "Gingrich prides himself on his nontraditional campaign style. It isn't clear whether it will pay off politically. But it certainly has not hurt his own income."