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. brad5013

    P. T. Barnum was right . . . There's a sucker born every minute.

    December 28, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. ST

    Dems are getting it wrong. The time to attack this couple is not ripe yet. By doing so, you are helping Mr. Flip-flopper indirectly!

    December 28, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Kevin in Atlatna

    I can't be alone in thinking that that picture reminds me of the Joker. I half expect her to pull out a knife and start her next sentence with, "GOP, Why so serious?"

    December 28, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    "Out of desperation, she reaches for the 12 year old Clinton saga in a rush for some kind of schoolyard retribution"
    ----–
    Not at all. "Hottie" questioned the morals of someoe seekig high office, and all I did was point out that weve "been there, done that".

    December 28, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Margo

    From one woman to Callista "You are a harlot. No one cares what a 3rd wife has to say."

    kthx buh bye now strumpet

    December 28, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. snowdogg

    Callista Gingrich is about as plastic an image as possible. Makes Sarah Palin look almost natural. Oh, well... I'm not voting for either of them so who cares?

    December 28, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Andrea

    She's looks like that, and plays the French horn. Creeps me out, at least she can play the piccolo.

    December 28, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. max

    Babs

    I find it easier to forgive Mr. Gingrich than Mr. Obama. Face it. In order to get our country back, we might have to vote for someone other than our first choice.

    December 28, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |

    Hey Babs...Good one...stop trippin' tho!!

    December 28, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. G77777

    WAY WAY WAY too much botox in the entire upper region of that woman's face. Yikes!

    December 28, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. NVa Native

    So I guess because she wasn't married when she was Newt's mistress while his wife was dealing with cancer in a hospital bed she is not an adulteress, only the Newt is an adulterer?
    Is adultery a crime in our fair state of Virginia?
    Not that he would be the only one, but he is the only one who seems to feel he's above any consequences of his actions.
    I guess it’s just more of the same – typical mean & nasty Newt.

    December 28, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. maggie

    Fair is Fair

    "Out of desperation, she reaches for the 12 year old Clinton saga in a rush for some kind of schoolyard retribution"
    --–
    Not at all. "Hottie" questioned the morals of someoe seekig high office, and all I did was point out that weve "been there, done that".
    ______
    Fair enough. The one point that you keep missing here however is that while we all can probably agree that neither of these parties are examples of moral anything, the difference is that Clinton did not run on family values. Gingrich is; Gingrich belongs to a party that fervently runs on personal morals and family values and he’s still trying to now. That’s why you and other posters who bring up Clinton get such backslap. No one is defending Clinton personally; they/we are simply saying that if you want to run on a certain platform, you’d better sure you can measure up. Gingrich can’t.

    December 28, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Iowa Observer

    That would be Mrs Gingrich III - Iowans are getting turned off every day as they learn more on Newt's lack of moral character and his dishonesty concerning his first marriage that ended in a divorce filing by Newt while his wife was battling cancer - and while his wife was battling cancer, Newt was sleeping around with a much younger woman (one pretty enough to be a first lady according to Newt) - he then lied about the divorce –and his divorce papers were "very conveniently" lost for decades until CNN found them - I do not trust Gingrich – he has ZERO Christian values - is arrogant – hypocritical – dishonest, and cannot be trusted to be there when you need him.

    December 28, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Oh how amusing.... Liberals bemoaning the lack of "family values" and "morals" of others... As if they even had the slightest clue as to what they were talking about! The stench of hypocrisy is overwhelming!!

    December 28, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. mcteach

    This would be the First Crone? What a way to represent our country. SCARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 28, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. maggie

    Truth, the only hypocrisy is in your platform.

    December 28, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Iowa Observer

    Cain would love to be Newt's VP and get closer to Newt's wife - heck, maybe Newt and herman could swap wives --that woul dbe a real flip flop

    December 28, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Reggie from LA

    "husband and best friend". Of course he's a best friend. We all know that ol' Newt and me, we're not really the Tiffany's kind, but if Newt was to have a revolvin' account with them on my behalf, he'd be my best friend too. Sorry ma'am, but your perspective only makes things worse. It doesn't matter which party you're speaking to. If the RW religious sector is to overlook (or forgive, zheeesh) his transgressions, they won't be able to look past or around you. You might wanna step back a mite.

    December 28, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. @

    Oh how amusing.... Liberals bemoaning the lack of "family values" and "morals" of others
    ________________________
    It is not the "liberals" that are trying to pass laws to insert themselves into people's bedrooms, hospital rooms, places of worship and the reproductive organs of women. Get it? You need to look up hypocrisy in the dictionary.

    December 28, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Johnathan

    Has one ever seen a more "plastic" stepford looking wife than what this helmet hairstyle (looks stiff as metal) washington socialite gold-digge comes off as?r

    December 28, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. ART

    We are talking about the new and improved/ younger version of Mrs Gingrinch the adulterer who was messing around with a man who was still married right?

    December 28, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Pam from Iowa

    That woman looks like she has never worked a day in her life!
    and I would not call them 'conservatives' as we all know all too well that the Gingrich's do not consider the marriage between a man and a woman as sacred. if they did, he would not be twice divorced!!!!

    December 28, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    Maggie replid to me with:

    "the difference is that Clinton did not run on family values. Gingrich is; Gingrich belongs to a party that fervently runs on personal morals and family values and he’s still trying to now. "
    -------
    Respectfully disagree, Maggie. Gingrich is no idiot – he knew going in that his past would be thrown at him relentlessly. He's openly admitted his transgressions. In my eyes, it takes quite a bit of courage to do what he is doing. Admission of one's own faults is a prerequisite of righting the wrongs.

    December 28, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. DavidE7

    St. Paul used to be Saul of Tarsus. A Jew became a Christian and preached love and forgiveness. Apparently, some of the writers on this thread didn't get the message.

    December 28, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. Lean6

    Saying that Callista Gingrich is a "familiar face" has to be the understatement of the century!

    December 28, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Everytime I hear the name Callista, I think colostomy bag.

    December 28, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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