ABC News/Yahoo! News(WASHINGTON) — As the wife of a former presidential candidate, Callista Gingrich has some advice for the spouses of 2016 presidential hopefuls.
“Focus on the positive, try not to let the negativity get you down, because you really have to keep your [attention] on those issues that are most important to the future of this country. And some days that’s a challenge,” Gingrich said. “But just be open-minded and appreciate the moment.”
Gingrich, who is out with a new children’s book, From Sea to Shining Sea, said that part of staying positive means steering clear of reading the news if you’re the subject of the report.
“Probably avoid that,” she told ABC News/Yahoo! News in a joint interview with her husband, Newt Gingrich.
“We kept begging her,” her husband, the former speaker of the House and 2012 GOP presidential hopeful, chimed in. “Margaret Thatcher had a ground rule: That she never read stories about her. And I think there’s a certain virtue to don’t get the Google Alerts. …If you look at the Twitter, for example, as we both do a lot of, there’s a group of people on Twitter who really like to get all their anger out; so if you pay too much attention, it can really get you down.”
But don’t expect the Gingriches to put their advice to personal use again come 2016: He’s not running. They said their days on the frontlines of a presidential campaign are in the past.
“We had an opportunity, and I think we worked very hard,” Callista Gingrich said. “There is a new crop of candidates, and we will help as much as we can and be involved in the process.”
“There is a new generation coming down the road, and there are a couple of people who have been around for a while,” added Newt Gingrich, who rattled off a roster of nearly a dozen Republicans whom he expects will run in 2016.
From that list, Gingrich said he doesn’t consider anyone a frontrunner — not even former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
“I don’t think he is,” Gingrich said. “I don’t think anyone is a frontrunner. I think if you go back and look at his brother in 1999, the amount of money he raised, the dominance he had over the field, no one has anything like that. I mean, Hillary arguably is a frontrunner, although I think she’s a very fragile one.”
The problem for Clinton, Gingrich predicted, will be the same one she had in 2008.
“She’s gotten her candidacy ahead of her cause, which is what she did in ’08,” he said. “We’re ready for Hillary, but for what? I mean, I think that’s the real problem, and I think that’s what all Jeb Bush and the others are going to have to answer for us is ‘So, why? …Why are you running and what would you do?’”
Callista Gingrich said some moderate Republican women voters might gravitate to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, if she runs. She said it was time for Republicans to nominate a woman on their ticket.
“Oh, I think we’re more than ready, but I think somebody needs to step forward that’s able to handle the job,” she said. “Right now, we’re not hearing about any of those likely people. So, I’m very hopeful that we’ll see a woman run from the Republican Party in the very near future.”
Callista Gingrich also discussed her newest children’s book, which is the fourth edition of a history series that follows a time-traveling elephant, Ellis, through major events in U.S. history.
“My books are really meant to serve as an introduction to the key moments that have shaped our nation,” Callista Gingrich said of the series. “And unfortunately, today, many of our kids are failing to learn our American history, including our founding principles and values and instead learning revisionist or politically correct history.”
She went on to add that the books are applicable to households across the political spectrum.
“These books are not meant to be Republican books or conservative books, but really they’re pro-American books,” she said.
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