Newt Gingrich’s 2012 Campaign Asset Could Be Wife, Callista

His allies want him to focus his speaking style and make wife Callista a campaign feature.

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., speaks as his wife Callista looks on during a meeting with Gov. Nathan Deal in the Governor's office Thursday March 3, 2011 in Atlanta.

Now that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is in the 2012 presidential race, longtime allies are pressing him on two key issues: fixing his often-unfocused style of speaking and making his wife, Callista, a main campaign feature. Famous for being the GOP’s “big thinker,” Gingrich too often detours from his main topic when talking with groups, supporters, and even reporters, according to some of his backers. But they feel that a campaign will offer unusual discipline and that he will learn to keep his focus. As for his wife, supporters say she can be a strong, upfront asset in quieting concerns about his three marriages. Also working in his favor, say friends: He’s a good fundraiser, is creative with social media, is well known, and proved he could work with Democrats like Bill Clinton in balancing the budget, reforming welfare, and creating jobs. What’s more, says one, is that Gingrich understands the difficulties of the presidency, having been second in the line of succession. [See a photo history of Newt Gingrich's career.]


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