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Gingrich becomes tearful speaking about his mother

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Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich wipes away a tear while speaking about his deceased mother during a question and answer forum put together by Moms Matter 2012 at Java Joe's, a coffee shop, on Dec. 30, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. The GOP presidential contenders are crisscrossing Iowa in the final stretch of campaigning in the state before the January 3rd caucus, the first test the candidates must face before becoming the Republican presidential nominee.

This moment on the campaign trail today reminds a bit of the famous "my mother was a saint" line Richard Nixon uttered in his farewell speech to his staff after resigning the presidency. Newt Gingrich, like Nixon, is known for his hard-nosed political style.

Watch the video below and let us know (via the poll) if you think Gingrich is really being sincere.

While speaking to a group of mom's in Des Moines, Iowa, Newt Gingrich gets choked up while talking about his own mom.