Gin­grich to start get­ting pro­tec­tion of Se­cret Ser­vice

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Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Newt Gin­grich is set to re­ceive Se­cret Ser­vice pro­tec­tion start­ing Wed­nes­day, two peo­ple with knowl­edge of the se­cu­rity plan con­firmed to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

They spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity to dis­cuss sen­si­tive se­cu­rity mat­ters.

The for­mer House speaker is the third of the four re­main­ing Re­pub­li­can hope­fuls to get a Se­cret Ser­vice de­tail. For­mer Mas­sachusetts Gov. Mitt Rom­ney has had Se­cret Ser­vice pro­tec­tion since Feb. 1, and for­mer Sen. Rick San­to­rum of Penn­syl­va­nia re­ceived Se­cret Ser­vice pro­tec­tion last week.

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is the only Re­pub­li­can can­di­date with­out a Se­cret Ser­vice de­tail.

Mr. Gin­grich re­quested Se­cret Ser­vice pro­tec­tion last month. He is sched­uled to cam­paign Wed­nes­day in Alabama af­ter his win in neigh­bor­ing Ge­or­gia, the state he rep­re­sented in his U.S. House ca­reer. Alabama’s pri­mary is March 13.

Se­cret Ser­vice pro­tec­tion is given to each ma­jor party’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee but can be pro­vided ear­lier if the Home­land Se­cu­rity Depart­ment ap­proves a cam­paign’s re­quest.

Fed­eral law al­lows can­di­dates to seek pro­tec­tion if they meet a se­ries of stan­dards, in­clud­ing public promi­nence as mea­sured by polls and fundrais­ing.

Newt Gin­grich

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