Editor's note: Tune in to AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for a special report on Callista Gingrich, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.
On the campaign trail this year, Callista Gingrich has been mostly seen, not heard. Newt Gingrich's second wife, Marianne, famously broke her years-long silence last month with a splashy, tell-all interview, but his current spouse kept mostly mum - a silent, supportive, perfectly-coiffed presence just behind the candidate.
Today, she spoke up. Her remarks may have been low-key - a simple introduction speech for her husband - but the venue wasn't: the high-profile Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, packed with the Republican activists her husband desperately needs to rally to his side to keep his campaign afloat.
And we're going to hear a lot more from her in the days to come: the Gingrich campaign said today she'll be taking on a more high-profile role on the trail, relaying her husband's "softer side" - and providing a sorely-needed assist in his battle to win over women voters.
As Mrs. Gingrich weighed embracing a more public persona, we spoke with her best friend about the challenges she's faced on the trail and off it: from her childhood in a blue-collar family in a small Wisconsin town to her struggle to deal with the controversy that accompanied the early days of her relationship with the former Speaker of the House. Tonight, as Callista Gingrich begins to find her voice, we'll take a closer look at her roots, including exclusive family photos, new video of her life on the trail and off, and a firsthand account from one of the few who know her best.
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