Gingrich Secret Service Protection Nothing Unusual

The Washington Post has a good article about Secret Service protection of candidates.

Campaign trail security dates back to 1968, when Congress authorized protection of major presidential candidates after the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in California, according to the government official, who provided the following information on behalf of the Secret Service but wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the issue.

By law, major-party presidential nominees and their running mates receive Secret Service protection during the general election, but candidates may seek protection earlier in the cycle if they meet a series of polling and fundraising thresholds.  —Washington Post, 11/18/2011


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