• Jackie Gingrich Cushman Gives Her Dad a Deferment

    It's hard being a politician's daughter. How do I know? A little bird told me. Lynda Bird Johnson, to be exact. You try dating George Hamilton while your dad is trying to win in Vietnam. It must be even more difficult when your father is trying to win the GOP nomination after becoming the poster child for marital infidelity, but Newt Gingrich's daughter Jackie Gingrich Cushman is trying her best to contain the media's domino effect

    Cushman seems to have taken it upon herself to tell the story of her family, and specifically her father, from her perspective — leaving no topic off-limits.

    "I try to frame it in a way that makes sense and resonates with people," Cushman told NBC News. "Like many families, we had a hard time and we’ve all moved on. And we’re all focused on helping each other."

    In fact, several times during her five-stop jaunt through South Carolina’s Upstate, Cushman chose to address the divorce issue head on, using a half/serious, half/humorous anecdote about when her father and then-boyfriend Jimmy Cushman met for the first time, at a bar.

    Standing next to two other men at the bar, Cushman said she heard one say, "There’s Newt Gingrich. I heard he abandoned his wife and children."

    Cushman corrected the men and has continued to wage an ideological battle out in the jungle of this year's campaign trail.

    Guess you could say improving her father's reputation is her own personal Vietnam.

    Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Imgaes News/Getty Images

    Tags: Bill Clinton, Lyndon Johnson, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Vietnam


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