Gingrich Lacks Moral Character to Be President, Ex-Wife Says

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Gingrich Lacks Moral Character to Be President, Ex-Wife Says
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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 12:52pm

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/exclusive-gingrich-lacks-moral-character-president-wife/story?id=15392899#.Txg7bFYRdlM

In her first television interview since the 1999 divorce, to be broadcast tonight on Nightline, Marianne Gingrich, a self-described conservative Republican, said she is coming forward now so voters can know what she knows about Gingrich.

CLICK HERE to see a preview of ABC News' exclusive broadcast interview with Marianne Gingrich and then catch the full interview tonight on ABC News' Nightline at 11:35 p.m. ET.

In her most provocative comments, the ex-Mrs. Gingrich said Newt sought an "open marriage" arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife.

She said when Gingrich admitted to a six-year affair with a Congressional aide, he asked her if she would share him with the other woman, Callista, who is now married to Gingrich.

"And I just stared at him and he said, 'Callista doesn't care what I do,'" Marianne Gingrich told ABC News. "He wanted an open marriage and I refused."

Marianne described her "shock" at Gingrich's behavior, including how she says she learned he conducted his affair with Callista "in my bedroom in our apartment in Washington."

"He always called me at night," she recalled, "and always ended with 'I love you.' Well, she was listening."

All this happened, she said, during the same time Gingrich condemned President Bill Clinton forhis lack of moral leadership.

She said Newt moved for the divorce just months after she had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, with her then-husband present.

"He also was advised by the doctor when I was sitting there that I was not to be under stress. He knew," she said.

Gingrich divorced his first wife, Jackie, as she was being treated for cancer. His relationship with Marianne began while he was still married to Jackie but in divorce proceedings, Marianne said.

While she had been quoted earlier as saying she could end his career, Marianne Gingrich defended Newt's ethics while he served in Congress and came under several ethics investigations.

"At the time, I believed him to be ethical," she said in the interview.

The former Mrs. Gingrich says Newt began to plan a run for President at the time of the divorce and told her that Callista "was going to help him become President."

In a statement to ABC News provided by the campaign, Gingrich's two daughters from his first marriage said, "The failure of a marriage is a terrible and emotional experience for everyone involved."

The daughters, Kathy Lubbers and Jackie Cushman said they would not say anything negative about Marianne and said their father "regrets any pain he may have caused in the past to people he loves."

Marianne Gingrich said Newt has never expressed any such regrets or apologized to her.

Gingrich declined to comment to ABC News for this report, but told NBC's Today Show Thursday morning he would not "say anything negative about Marianne."

"Now, I'll let my daughters speak for it… I'm not going to comment beyond that because I'm focused on the big issues that concern the American people, which are the current challenges we have, largely because of the failure of the Obama presidency," he said.

Gingrich has said during the campaign he has "no relationship" with Marianne.

 


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Newt is a slim ball!!!

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Registered: 02-05-2011
Ex spouses tend to be bitter. This isn't a new story. That said, I could never vote for Newt due to his marital escapades.

I'm somewhat concerned someone is pulling strings to knock off non-Romney Republican candidates. We saw a dozen or so (including male) alleged sexually harassed people claiming Mr. Cain abused them. They have vanished. Now we are witnessing a bitter ex wife complain about Newt just before an election he has been showing some strength in.

My guess is Sorros is pulling strings somewhere. I think of Romney as the 99% Obama. It's mostly the same belief system. Both want big government, universal health care, gun control, abortion, and what not.

My concern is the potential for behind the scenes manipulation of our press (from CNN, MSNBC to News Corp) by a 3rd party to assure election of Mitt if Barrack can't secure a win.
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Yeah, there's somebody pulling strings making Cain have a long term extramarital relationship (13 years, wasn't it?) without his wife's knowledge.

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George Soros? Really?

The Republicans are doing this all by themselves. There's no need for any Democrats to lift a finger. It's really been fun watching them implode all on their own. :-)
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I can't really imagine electing someone like that as President, knowing in advance that his morals are so questionable. I wonder (since I never considered voting for him in the first place) does this put conservative off? I know that "conservative" and "Christian" don't always go hand-in-hand, but I think that most Christians are conservative in their political choices. Wouldn't something like this automatically rule him out as President?
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I just watched the Nightline interview with his ex-wife. Gingrich claims that he has asked for God's forgiveness, but he never asked his ex-wife for hers or even said he was sorry. As for the social conservatives, they don't seem to be bothered by this at all. Just goes to show that they have no interest in "walking the walk" with their support of Gingrich.
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I agree r3.

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Ex-Mrs. Gingrich Reacts to Newt: 'My Story Is the Truth'

Video & article..........

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/mrs-gingrich-reacts-newt-story-truth/story?id=15404678

 


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Ex-Mrs. Gingrich Reacts to Newt: 'My Story Is the Truth'

 


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I don't think he's ever going to get his ex-wife's forgiveness. People can remain bitter after divorce for life. Mr. Gingrich has had several marriages, and seems to have behaved badly in at least 2 of them. It's his behavior with his first wife that makes him unelectable in my opinion. He also took cash from a federal loan agency while simultaneously blasting the agency. It doesn't add up.

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