While campaigning in Iowa on Friday, Newt Gingrich started crying when asked to describe a memory of his late mother, Kit Gingrich. “I get teary-eyed every time we sing Christmas carols,” he explained. “My mother sang in the choir and loved singing in the choir. And I don’t know if I should admit this, but when I was very young, she made me sing in the choir and we had pictures of me at a very young age singing in the choir.” Kit raised Gingrich alone for the first five years of his life before she remarried; she also suffered from bipolar disorder. She passed away in 2003.