Gingrich rejects “open marriage” question, blames media

January 20, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich got the Republican candidates debate in Charleston off to a lively start Thursday night with an angry denial of charges a former wife made in an interview that came two days before the South Carolina primary.

Here’s an excerpt from the debate on CNN:

Ex-wife Marianne Gingrich accused the former House Speaker of week of asking her
for an “open marriage” when he was having an affair.

Here’s an excerpt from her interview with ABC’s “Nightline.”

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Front Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed (Gingrich with wife Callista after the debate in Charleston)


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I guess many of these cheering nuts in SC forgot how the ‘newt’ was attacking clinton for the lewinsky BJ.

This was when it wasn’t appalling to ask questions about
someones private life:

The speaker once again pledged to say during every public appearance that Americans have the right to know the truth about the Lewinsky matter and that the president is not above the law.

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I agree with “fromthecenter” that Newt Gingrich stated that Americans have the right to know the truth about the Lewinsky matter and that the president is not above the law, but if anyone cares to remember, Clinton was impeached for lying under oath, not having an affair.

At least Mr. Gingrich has been open about his past and I am appreciative of him standing up the way he did in this debate. Someone needs to cut through the crap and force Americans to deal with the important issues instead of trying to distract them.

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As I recall, in one of the earlier debates, ALL the candidates agreed (even Newt) that adulterous affairs and the way you treat your spouse IS ‘fair game’ and an indicator of your moral character.

The question regarding his behavior during his marriage was FAIR, and certainly would be of interest and importance to people — at least those who believe being able to keep promises, honor your commitments, and not DECEIVE a loved one says something about the person’s general honesty, morality and character.

The MAIN thing this issue says about Newt, though, is that he is a great big hypocrite. He was having his 6-year, covert affair with Callista; and, at the same time, giving speeches about family values and the sanctity of marriage; as well as pushing for articles of Impeachment against Clinton for actions he took to cover up HIS adulterous affair.

Marianne had the chance, during the interview, to hang Newt on the questions the interviewer asked about ETHICS charges. BUT SHE DID NOT. She DEFENDED HIM on those.

Biased people will evidently shut their eyes and ears — giving credence ONLY to news networks/organizations that confirm their own views. Biased people will always find a way to disbelieve anything negative about their own ‘chosen one’.

How are conservatives who do that any different than the ones referred to as “Obama Kool Aid Drinkers”?

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