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 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich holds one of his presents, a road sign with the White House address on it, as wife Callista (left), granddaughter Maggie Cushman, 11, (right) and Clara Hunter look on during his 68th birthday party on Wednesday. Mr. Gingrich said political consultants find his ways difficult.

ASSOCIATED PRESS Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich holds one of his presents, a road sign with the White House address on it, as wife Callista (left), granddaughter Maggie Cushman, 11, (right) and Clara Hunter look on during his 68th birthday party on Wednesday. Mr. Gingrich said political consultants find his ways difficult.

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