Gingrich Tears Up at Iowa Stop
He was remembering his late mother
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2011 1:38 PM CST

(Newser) – The Newt Gingrich story line has long been whether "good Newt" could keep "bad Newt" at bay during the campaign. Well today, we met "emotional Newt." The candidate got choked up and shed some tears during a campaign event in Iowa when remembering his late mother, notes the Huffington Post. “I identify my mother with being happy, loving life, having a sense of joy in her friends,” he said. Kit Gingrich eventually had to go into a long-term care facility because of bipolar disease and depression, among other ailments.

“My emphasis on brain science comes indirectly from dealing with ...” he said, before his voice broke. "See, I am getting very emotional, but dealing with the real problems of real people in my family. And so it’s not a theory, it’s in fact, my mother.” He added: “I do policy much easier than I do personal.” This being a political campaign, the Los Angeles Times can't help but be reminded of Hillary Clinton's tears on the eve of her New Hampshire win in 2008.