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NAPLES — A town hall meeting with Newt Gingrich scheduled for the Naples Daily News community room Friday is moving to the Hilton Naples to accommodate more people.
The new venue has 450 seats to hold extra, unanticipated crowds that responded to the event, a Gingrich staff member wrote in an email. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at the hotel, 5111 U.S. 41 N.
The town hall meeting is free and open to the public.
In the meeting, Gingrich, the surging Republican presidential candidate and former speaker of the House, will field questions from the audience about jobs, limited government and national security, he wrote in an email.
“I hope to continue that conversation at our town hall in Naples, where I’ll be giving some opening remarks, and then we’ll be opening it up so I can hear from you, and answer your questions,” Gingrich wrote.
On Saturday, Gingrich is slated to hold an 11 a.m. book signing at Books-A-Million, 9100 Strada Place. The book signing is also free and open to the public.
Gingrich is the latest Republican to emerge as a serious rival to Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is more popular with the party establishment than with conservative activists.
The former speaker’s chances of securing the GOP nomination for president have improved from a month ago when he was polling in the single digits nationally. Debate gaffes from Texas Gov. Rick Perry and sexual harassment accusations against Georgia businessman Herman Cain helped Gingrich rise over former frontrunners.