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Fox taps Gingrich, Ferraro for election coverage

Former House Speaker, VP candidate team up

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has signed on as a regular contributor to Fox News Channel’s election 2000 coverage, the cabler is expected to announce today.

Already in full swing reporting next year’s races, the cabler confirmed Tuesday that former U.S. vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro will join as a weekly Washington, D.C., contributor.

The outspoken, often-controversial Gingrich has been laying low since opting in 1998 not to seek re-election to his speaker post.

Ferraro, the former New York congresswoman who was Walter Mondale’s vice presidential running mate in 1984, was co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire” from 1996 to 1998.

Other political stints for Ferraro include serving from 1994 to 1996 as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission and as a delegate to the World Conference on Human Rights in 1993. She also worked as prexy of the advocacy group the Women’s Issues Center.

“(Fox News) is always on the lookout for people with an edge, someone who will give our viewers insight,” said the cabler’s VP of news editorial John Moody. “And Ferraro knows how Washington works. After losing the big one, but winning several others, she really knows the ups and downs of elections.”

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