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. Gum Ball Ditty

    She is just a batty as Newt.

    December 28, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  2. Redleg

    Coming from a woman who runs around with married men for a payday and Tiffany's, I am underwhelmed.

    December 28, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  3. diridi

    All these GOP idiots are just Pity for the nation.

    December 28, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Yes, he certainly has been preparing. All that stress, all those women because of the stress. As far as the historian part . . . . . comparing the attack on Pearl Harbor to his little idiosyncracies is certainly one historical fact I would rather to forget about the fat wind bag.

    December 28, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  5. Jules

    Who cares what she has to say? Not me.

    December 28, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  6. G. Hernandez

    How many wives help him prepare? How many times did he goes. How many affairs did he have in preparation for to run for presidency of the United States?

    December 28, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  7. MaryE

    Newt is a fornactioner and Ms Newty is a adulteress enough said.. Join the CHURCH? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    December 28, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |

    I'd consider someone my "best friend" as well if they got me all that Tiffany's ice that Newton Leroy got you Callista.

    December 28, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  9. PK California

    A trophy wife. What else would you expect her to say?

    December 28, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  10. Indy

    It's good to see Callista has her bulletproof wig on, that hair don't move in 60 mph winds ! Newt is doing Obama a favor if he gets all negative on Mitts, there is a chest full of flip flops and job killing strategies in Romneys past that Newt can pounce on and help out Obama.

    December 28, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  11. MAngeline

    Don't think it's very smart of Newt to put Calli out front. She is a HUGE part of his negative baggage. She is nothing but a classy, Tiffany-jeweled bimbo...and that's a kind description of her.

    December 28, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  12. Igorlovesbeer

    Both flakes

    December 28, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  13. diridi

    6th wife? 7th? or 9th?

    December 28, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  14. dave oldread

    he is the same old politician we need to get rid of, along with 90% of congress

    December 28, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  15. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Always #3

    December 28, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  16. Stopthemadness

    Yeah and people believe that big business will govern themselves too. Doesn't make it true does it.

    December 28, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  17. Norm

    is this the replacement for the wife that was dying of cancer?
    Was she "consoling" Newt while that was going on?
    I get confused...there were so many...

    December 28, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  18. PR

    She's the real power in the Gingrich house. Newt does whatever she says..otherwise she cuts off the money. Wonder how long it will be before he dumps her for some younger hottie?

    December 28, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  19. Jammaster

    The entire world knows that this woman cheated with a married man. Now she seriously wants us to consider her as a possible first lady? Have we gone mad?

    December 28, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  20. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Nice to see from the comments that I am not the only one who thinks she looks like Jack Nicholson as the Joker!

    December 28, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  21. JoeT

    I'm confused: is she more of a home-wrecker or a gold-digger?

    December 28, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  22. LovesIrony

    Sure, cheat with a married man and claim that same sex marriage destroys the sanctity of marriage.

    December 28, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  23. Change

    I'd pick her over Casey Anthony any day!

    December 28, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Is it really any wonder that Newt Gingrich thinks that he is the "king of politics" and feels that it is his destiny to become President of the United States? After all, with a wife named "Mrs. Newt Gingrich the Third" he should feel that way.

    December 28, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  25. Roger

    Come on folks, put your prejudice aside and get behind a winner. She seems humble and sincere and would make a great first lady. Learn how to love and forget how to hate.

    December 28, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
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