If 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?