As seen on C-SPAN, this morning, Newt Gingrich got a little emotional while talking about his mother. It happened during a Frank Luntz moderated town hall meeting in Des Moines, IA with a group Iowa mothers.
Washington Times: Gingrich chokes up at memory of his mother:
DES MOINES, Iowa — Wiping back tears at the memories, Newt Gingrich said Friday his now-deceased mother’s struggles with bipolar disorder and other ailments of aging helped form much of his public policy during his time in Congress.
Mr. Gingrich was appearing at a discussion hosted by CafeMom, an online website for mothers, and moderated by Frank Luntz, the word guru whose fingerprints can be seen on many of the GOP’s big policy pushes during the last two decades.
Mr. Luntz asked Mr. Gingrich to talk about an important moment with his mother, Kit Gingrich, and the former House speaker first recalled her singing in the choir — and admitted she had gotten him to sing in the choir as a boy, too. He said he still tears up over Christmas carols today.
But Mr. Gingrich then went on to talk about his mother’s health problems as she grew older, and said his work on Alzheimer’s Disease and long-term care developed out of that.
“It’s not a theory, it’s in fact my mother,” he said.
He choked up at the memories at one point, and wiped tears away.
Watch the complete town hall meeting here: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/GingrichCa