Campaigns often describe the eve of primary day as a mad dash to the finish line. For Newt Gingrich, Friday was more of a casual stroll.
Newt Gingrich skipped his first campaign stop Friday, with his campaign citing low attendance at the early morning Southern Republican Leadership Conference meeting.
Gingrich did make a scheduled appearance later Friday morning at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital. Gingrich and his wife Callista toured the complex; the former Speaker discussed recent developments in neurological medicine — a passion of his — with doctors on the staff.
After the tour, Callista read her children’s book, “Sweet Land of Liberty” to a handful of patients and a swarm of reporters. Gingrich made no formal remarks, only telling reporters that he thought his performance at Thursday’s debate was “OK.”
Gingrich earned a standing ovation — and much praise from conservative commentators — for his strong criticism of CNN moderator John King, who opened the debate by asking the former Speaker to respond to charges from his second ex-wife, Marianne, that he had requested an “open marriage.”
Gingrich’s campaign also rescheduled a planned tele-town hall with supporters, pushing the event to Saturday morning.
Gingrich’s next event is a planned town hall and news conference Friday afternoon in Orangeburg, with a book signing scheduled Friday evening aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston.