We Made Newt Gingrich Cry During Our Exclusive 'Coffee Break' Interview (VIDEOS)

Newt GingrichIf you watched a cable news channel today or glanced over a major Internet news site, you likely caught the story of Newt Gingrich openly crying while talking about his late mother during our CafeMom Coffee Break between Gingrich and 100 moms in Iowa this morning.

It was certainly a headline-making moment, and it touched the hearts of most if not all Iowa moms in the audience, not to mention Newt's family in the front frow, who cried right along with him.

But while Newt's tears made headlines on pretty much every major media outlet out there (and yes, we're pretty stoked that our event for you, the MOMS of America, got so much attention), his mom was hardly the only thing he talked about during the event.

Want to see the highlights for yourself? Read on -- then tell me what you think in the comments.

Pollster Frank Luntz and I, along with the CafeMom team, worked hard to make sure that Newt addressed all of the issues that matter most to you. Consequently, in the hour we spent talking with the presidential candidate, he covered everything from education to job creation to clean air and water regulations to what he wishes he'd done differently as a dad when his daughters were growing up. Whether you agree with him or not, it was a great opportunity to learn more about where he stands on issues near and dear to moms' hearts, and to gain insight into his life  as a husband, father and grandfather.

Here are the video highlights we posted on the CafeMom Studios channel ...


Here, Newt introduces his wife, daughters, and grandchildren seated in the front row, and shares some of the things he wishes he had done differently when his daughters were growing up.



In this video, Newt tells moms exactly what he'd like them to know as voters in the upcoming election.



In this video, a mom asks Newt to convince them that he has truly changed and repented for his mistakes. His answer is revealing.



Here, a military mom asks Newt Gingrich how the military would be impacted in the event of a government shutdown.



And in this video, I interview Gingrich's daughters and find out how they feel about the media delving into their father's personal history.



Finally, the infamous crying video, which really was unusual for Newt -- Wolf Blitzer said today on CNN that in his decades of covering Gingrich, he's never seen him get this emotional.

Quite a first big event for our Moms Matter initiative, don't you think?

We look forward to hosting more Coffee Chats with the candidates in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, what do you think of Newt's answers to our moms' questions?

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mumma... mummajenni

Nice work, Lindsay!!

vamom08 vamom08

He is a p.o.s.

Buckeye2 Buckeye2

Liked this forum for Newt.  One really got to see him as a person.  My husband and I are political junkies and we want American values back in this country.  As I see above, the lack of respect, lack of morals and civility are hurting this country.  If you really want to get this country rolling and proud again, please study all the candidates fairly and with an open mind to find the one who can get our country back to properity.

jagam... jagamama0710

See...I have a problem when people say "we want American values back"...as the previous poster said and Newt hinted at. That generally means they want to push their religious views onto others. 

I did watch the interview and Newt seems like a fine enough person, I just don't want him as the President.

hotic... hoticedcoffee

I recorded it, and watched it early last evening.  I already liked Gingrich for his unbelievable knowledge and the fact that he's impossible to rattle - but after the Town Hall, I have a new appreciation for his motiviation.   I think he'd be great in the The White House.

count... country50gal

I am just disgusted with CM taking sides in the political arena.  And to endorse such a candidate at that.  Everything about that man screams hypocrite.  I find it unsettling that you would endorse such a person.  Please quit putting his face on CM every day.  Enough is enough already.  And as to his perfectly staged crying, serioulsly, you fell for that?  Boo hoo.

hotic... hoticedcoffee

Oh, countrygal, I'm sure you won't have any problem finding some Obama hypocrisy that's more to your liking, on basically any news or blog source you choose.  Fortunately the world doesn't entirely revolve around you and your desires.

Linds... LindsayFerrier

Newt is simply the first candidate to participate in a Coffee Break. We're covering all the candidates in this election, but it's also up to them to accept our invitations and schedule time with us. When a candidate accepts, we make every effort to give him/her a chance to cover all of the topics that matter to moms. You have to decide whether you agree with the candidate or not. We're simply trying to put the information out there.

tinyp... tinypossum

Great job, Lindsay! I hope that you will have the opportunity to do this with more candidates. I appreciate your balanced approach.

BTW-are you wearing hose?!? ;-)

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