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Callista Gingrich wants to join Augusta

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Yet another politician jumped into the Augusta National membership controversy, as Callista Gingrich said she'd like to join the all-male club and her husband seconded the proposal.

"I'm a golfer and I'd love to belong to Augusta," Callista Gingrich tweeted this afternoon. Newt Gingrich, whose presidential campaign is on the rocks, added "I think callista would be a great memer [of] Augusta -- maybe she would let me come play."

President Obama criticized Augusta's male-only policy through his spokesman this morning. "His personal opinion is, women should be admitted," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today. "We're now long past the time when women should be excluded from anything," he added.

Mitt Romney, whose support among women has fallen since Democrats began pushing their Republican 'war on women' meme, quickly concurred. "Certainly if I were a member, if I could run Augusta, which isn't likely to happen, of course I'd have women into Augusta," Romney told reporters today.

Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne refused to discuss any "private deliberations" about  a policy change. The topic has gained attention because "one of the club's longtime sponsors, IBM, has a new female CEO, Virginia Rometty," the Associated Press explains. "The last four CEOs at IBM, all male, have been invited to be members."

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