Newt Gingrich eyes possible 2012 presidential run, visits Florida again

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich gives a keynote speech on the importance of developing a Christian-based legal system in the U.S. at Ave Maria School of Law's 10th Anniversary celebration held at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010.

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich gives a keynote speech on the importance of developing a Christian-based legal system in the U.S. at Ave Maria School of Law's 10th Anniversary celebration held at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is calling the State of the Union speech by President Obama "shallow and lacking in seriousness."

Appearing at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach on Thursday, the Republican said he was still a month away from deciding whether to run for president next year.

He didn't find humor in Obama's biggest laugh during his Tuesday speech, either. The president illustrated government bureaucracy with a joke about federal salmon laws.

Gingrich says "It's not a joke, it's too big."

Gingrich is fresh off a trip to Iowa, home to the country's first presidential caucuses, where he met with lawmakers.

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