Callista Gingrich makes rare campaign remarks
December 27th, 2011
11:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Callista Gingrich makes rare campaign remarks

Decorah, Iowa (CNN) - It was a rare sight, but Callista Gingrich, wife of GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich, stepped in front of the microphone to introduce her "husband and best friend" at a pizzeria Tuesday.

As much as the former House speaker boasts of his wife's involvement in his campaign, she rarely speaks on the record or at campaign events. She is a familiar face on the campaign trail and at book signings, often standing next her husband at the podium, but she rarely takes center stage herself.

Callista Gingrich, who attended Luther College, chose to make the final stop in Tuesday's Iowa campaign swing in the college town to introduce her husband at Mabe's Pizza.

She shared some of her personal history with a packed room in the basement of the legendary pizza restaurant.

"One little known fact is that I actually lived upstairs above Mabe's Pizza as a senior, so Mabe's is very special to me," she said.

She quickly moved on to tout her husband's credentials.

"A lot of people ask me why Newt would be a good president, and I really think that Newt has been preparing for this challenge his entire life," she said in Decorah.

"He has a proven record of national leadership, a thorough understanding of our nation's history and a genuine love for our country, and I believe he is the best person to lead our country."


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. maggie

    1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth
    Oh honestly, the stories about JFK's cheating are legendary! The press helped keep it under wraps.
    ______________
    Wow, Truth, you’re really grasping at straws aren’t you?

    December 28, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Sandra

    she is a homewrecker

    December 28, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Raymond

    "He has a proven record of national leadership..." Duh...? Shut down the government as House Speaker, convicted by Congressional colleagues of ethics violations, received millions of dollars as a lobbyist, etc. This is national leadership?

    December 28, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Julie

    I do not want a homewrecker for my FIrst Lady.

    December 28, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. longshot

    is this the woman he was cheating on his dying wife, or is this the woman he was cheating on the woman he cheated on with his dying wife?

    December 28, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Observer

    Lisa

    Anyone who equates not getting on the ballot in Virginia with the events of December 7, 1941 does not genuinely love America. He loves himself more......
    December 28, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
    -------------------------------------------------------–

    Of all the comments here, I think you really nailed it. Disgraceful that anyone would use such a terrible event in US history to try and gain some PR advantage – at best, yet again it shows extremely poor judgement, and at worst, exploitation of the worst kind.

    December 28, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. WhereIsPalin

    I can see why "she rarely speaks on the record or at campaign events." Apparently, when she does speak, she's forced to lie.

    December 28, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Hark

    I love reading all these whiny lib blogs! Get over it and move on! Newt makes Obama look "sophmoric" when it comes to intellect! And by the way, What is your "beef" with his wife? Get a life! Give 'em hell Newt!

    December 28, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Hillary

    He cheated on wife #2 with this ugly person.

    December 28, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Joshepine

    I think she is the one who wants him to be President, or she herself would want to be president.

    December 28, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. DeeNYC

    she's soooooooo creepy. looks like the joker is her father.

    December 28, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    I don't know about some people calling her a trophy wife but she looks creepy to me. She certainly doesn't need a mask during Halloween now!

    December 28, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    maggie
    1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth
    Oh honestly, the stories about JFK's cheating are legendary! The press helped keep it under wraps.
    ______________
    Wow, Truth, you’re really grasping at straws aren’t you?

    No maggie, just trying to recall all of the lying cheating Democrats we've seen. Juss when I think I've remembered them all, another one keeps coming to mind! It seems the list is endless...

    December 28, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Mike from Calgary

    Gingrinch has conducted himself honourably and has not attacked Tomney whatsoever fo being a Moron.

    December 28, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Truth

    While you are recalling all the lying cheating Democrats don't forget to remember all the lying cheating Republicans that were condemning Clinton for cheating, Newt included among them. Neither side is clean on this issue but to have the nerve to openly condemn someone for something you are also doing is pretty stupid.

    December 28, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. DEB

    I think she's a Stepford wife......

    December 28, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Maud

    Reading some of the comments here about a woman that I bet none of you know personally, one concludes that your parents gave you manner from the gutter.

    And for that I spit on all of your family and your upbringing to make you feel at home.

    December 28, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    They are both adulterers. Yep. That about sums it up.

    December 28, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Daum

    Reading some of the comments here about a woman that I bet none of you know personally, one concludes that your parents gave you manner from the gu t ter.

    And for that I spi t on all of your family and your upbringing to make you feel at home.

    December 28, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. GOP = Greed Over People

    We are looking for a FLOTUS NOT a FWOTUS.

    December 28, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    She does sort of look like a Barbie doll... I doubt she has as much junk in the trunk as you know who!

    December 28, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. crappyname

    She is as stupid as her husband. Anyone that stands behind a dirtbag like Newt deserves everything she gets, except of course the white house. Obama 2012.

    December 28, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Deep in the Heart of Texas

    Who let the bipedal cadaver out of the coffin? She certainly has that "funeral home" make up and hair thing goin' on!

    December 28, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Peggy - TX

    JFK’s cheating would not be acceptable in today’s world nor in today’s Democratic party. Newt would not be running against JFK. Rather he would be running against President Obama who life epitomizes family values and whose integrity is unassailable.

    Analogs to JFK shows a nostalgic longing for the past.... the days, now long gone, of JFK... an era where women knew their place, where white men ruled, and when corruption in every level of Government knew no bounds.

    A man that cheats on his wife, again and again, the one person he should protect above all others, and leaves her and his kids to beg from the local Church, while he spend money lavishly, is a man with zero integrity, a man that would lie and cheat for his own short term fulfillment, a man who would find fertile ground in today’s corrupt Republican party for his self interested political ambitions.

    December 28, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. Peters

    Scary and FAKE. Does not help him what so ever. They deserve each other. But we don't!

    December 28, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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