Will this be Gingrich’s year for presidential run?

(Reuters) – Will this be the year that Republican Newt Gingrich finally steps into the presidential race, after years of talking about it?

The former House of Representatives speaker, who led a conservative upsurge in the 1990s but lost a fight over government spending, is nearing a decision on whether to run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Gingrich would seem to be a natural for a campaign expected to be centered around the economy. He has been talking for years about the same issues that gave birth to the conservative Tea Party movement — government spending and debt.