Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Last night, as I watched my dad bow his head for a few minutes before his speech, I remembered my sister's story about asking for speech advice. Years ago, she asked dad for advice about speaking, how she should focus her thoughts, what she should do to ensure a great performance. He replied that she should say a prayer before she started to speak. Years later, he is still bowing his head, a pause in the midst of the whirlwind of campaigning, to focus on God.

Through the trial and travails of campaigning, our strong family has become even stronger. One of the joys of the journey is the extra time that I have been able to spend with Callista, my dad, my sister Kathy and her husband Paul. As I have campaigned away from home, my husband Jimmy has stepped in, stepped up and been a tower of strength, for which I am thankful.

During the last few days in South Carolina, while my dad is picking up in the polls, I am sure that the outside attacks will only become more shrill, more strident, more stinging. My goal is to remember -- on a daily, or even hourly basis -- that I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me, to remember to bow my head before speaking and to ask that God be seen through me as I speak.


Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.