Kathleen "Kit" Gingrich, who made news with a startling television interview the day that her son Newt was sworn in as speaker of the House, has died. She was 77.
In failing health for several years, Gingrich died Tuesday in the Homeland Center rest home in Harrisburg, Pa.
In an interview on "Eye to Eye With Connie Chung" on CBS, Gingrich said her son Newt told her that Hillary Rodham Clinton, then first lady, was a "bitch." Chung was criticized for airing the comment because she promised Gingrich she would keep it "just between you and me."
Gingrich held the spotlight for several weeks afterward because Hillary Rodham Clinton responded to the insult by inviting the speaker of the House of Representatives and his mother to tea at the White House.
"It was very nice, very informal," Gingrich later told Time magazine. She said she and Clinton got along well. She also said she had some advice for the first lady, who had been promoting a national health-care program that was rejected by Congress. "It's a man's world; she should have come in slower, with a smaller job," Gingrich told Time in January 1995.