Callista Gingrich makes rare campaign remarks
December 27th, 2011
11:02 PM ET
6 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. Rudy NYC

    Truth somebody wrote:

    ...No maggie, just trying to recall all of the lying cheating Democrats we've seen.
    D- Kennedy supposedly cheated on his wife.
    D- Johnson supposedly cheated on the dixie democrats.
    R- Nixon definitively cheated, and had to resign.
    R- Nixon's VP, Agnew, had to resign and got locked up.
    D- Carter supposedly cheated at checkers with his brother Billy.
    R- Reagan cheated the SSI fund by gifing it to the wealthy, and lied about Iran-Contra.
    R- Bush-41 supposedly didn't know anything about what was going on with the Gang of Six and S&L scandals.
    D- Clinton supposedly cheated on his wife, but never got divorced.
    R- Bush-43 supposedly was here, but nearly destroyed the entire economy.
    D- Obama supposedly destroyed the economy, and has never cheated on his wife. I think he loves her too much.

    Those are your US presidents for the past 50+ years.

    December 28, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Dave

    Typos aside, can you really type "Gingrinch has conducted himself honourably" and keep a straight face?

    December 28, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. kman821

    Now, which Mrs. Gingrich is she? I've seem more attractive corpses.

    December 28, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Ramesh Shrestha

    Yup, I heard you. He's truly been preparing to become the POTUS- by discarding wives that are unfit to hold the office of the first lady of the United States and replacing them with God knows how many barbies. That is one major qualification other candidates lackk. So, Newt must be the next POTUS.

    December 28, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. annie s

    Did she give any tips for how to successfully carry on a 6 year long affair with someone's husband? Just think – if (heaven forbid) Newt was elected President, we'd have our first openly sleazy First Lady.

    December 28, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. sanfranjo

    the campaign staff calls her G3S2, the third Mrs G, and the second Mrs G drawn from the staff pool

    December 28, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. mikeynewt

    She's a doll! I would drink her bathwater.

    December 28, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Paul1st

    Callista knows that Newt is a sucker for campaign workers, so she is keeping a close eye on him.

    December 28, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. RositaCA


    December 28, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Don

    she reminds me of McCains plastic wife.

    December 28, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Dano558

    Nothing has come out about Newt's record of leadership and accomplishments in the congress. Only things that happened 30 years ago.

    What are the dems so afraid of that they have to resort to this level?

    December 28, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Fred Evil

    If Newt's your best friend, you have a sh&$ty collection of acquaintances.

    December 28, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Doug

    She looks like she had her plastic surgery done by a Mexican Drug Cartel Boss.

    December 28, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. GROVER NORQUIST is a nice decent man... sarcasm.

    First Im amazed that Newt gave permission for the little lady to open her mouth. Do people realize that when Gingrich was going after Clinton for 'cheating' this is the woman he was having a torrid affair with? WHY DOES CNN KEEP DELETING MY COMMENTS?

    December 28, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |

    Come on, CNN, just post what we all are really calling her. You know, the last two letters when spelling Idaho.

    December 28, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. jinandes

    Hopefully she'll remain healthy, otherwise she may be replaced by #4

    December 28, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Heather6

    She wants to be the first fornicatress!

    December 28, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. AgrippaMT

    When Newt divorces this latest bimbo, she can move back to that little apartment up above the pizza joint. She can get a job downstairs.

    December 28, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. mchughmi

    I'm not so sure she is pretty enough to be first lady

    December 28, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. open400

    Gingrich was demanding Clinton step down during that bogus impeachment trial because of Clinton's martial infidelities; meanwhile, Gengrich himself was sleeping around on his wife. Is this the kind of hypocrite we want running the country?

    December 28, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. once upon a horse

    @ Fair is Fair......

    I agree that personal attacks can be mean, but they come from the right as well as the left so it's no sense throwing stones. Didn't a GOP congressman recently apologize for talking about Mrs. Obama's "BIG BUTT"? I wonder if you would defend her on a FoxNews or right wing site as you do the attacks on Mrs. Gingrich here? I doubt if any of you that lean to the right would do so but then again "what's Fair is Fair"!

    December 28, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. tony

    I think he's a closet 3/4 Muslim rather than a bone again christian.

    December 28, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Maryellen

    First Lady material, I think not!

    December 28, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. Wired

    Dear Mrs. Gingritch.
    He was giving you heavy maintenance while the previous Mrs. Gingritch lay dying.

    December 28, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Callista Gingrich sneezed, her face fell off, and lo and behold – Jimmy Hoffa ! ! !

    December 28, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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