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Newt and Callista hit the dance floor


JACKSON, MS -- After a long day of events and travel following Super Tuesday, Newt and Callista Gingrich took to the dance floor here in Mississippi, showing off their personal side on their first night in the state.

When the traveling national press entered the lobby of the Hilton Hotel after midnight Wednesday, no one expected who would be sitting in the bar -- the former House Speaker (sitting sans jacket and tie) and his wife Callista, along with members of their staff and scattered Secret Service agents.

They were all enjoying drinks and the cover band after another 18-hour day. It was a rare moment on the campaign as the Gingriches let loose with staff and a handful of members of the media to the tunes of the Beach Boys’ “California Girl,” Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean,” and yes, even T-Pain’s “Apple Bottom Jeans.”

NBC's Alex Moe

Newt and Callista Gingrich cut loose in Jackson, MS.

Gingrich joked that his wife, who is very musically inclined, has much better dance moves than he does.

When Elton John’s “Rocket Man” came on, the Gingriches moved in front of the band while the rest of the group looked on -- and the Speaker turned Callista around the dance floor.

“We had a long day, we did a lot of things,” Mr. Gingrich told one reporter at the hotel bar. “My first interview is at 6:30 in the morning….You’ve got to take a few minutes off.”