(WASHINGTON) -- Former House speaker Newt Gingrich launched a new Website this week as a precursor to a presidential bid, a move that brings him a step closer to the announcement that he’s widely expected to make in the coming weeks.
His daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, says Gingrich is prepared to run on his record as House speaker – a tenure that included a balanced budget agreement with President Bill Clinton.
“He's exploring with the American people where we're heading, thinking very hard about running for president,” Cushman tells ABC News.
“You have to remember, he's the man that balanced the budget, the federal budget,” Cushman said. “So if you're looking for someone who has the experience, who has actually done things that have improved our country, clearly he has that record.”
She conceded that the government shutdown of 1995-1996, though it helped bring about the balanced budget her father is so proud of, probably could have been handled better.
“I think he would admit that it was the right thing to do, but it could have been handled a little differently,” she said.
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