Marianne Gingrich Says Newt Wanted Open Marriage, Lacks Moral Character to Be President

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Just 48 hours before the critical South Carolina primary, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's ex-wife Marianne is criticizing the former House Speaker's character.

Marianne Gingrich says, in an interview airing tonight on Nightline, that Newt's professed positions on marriage and family values do not line up with his actions.

Their 18-year marriage ended in 1999, and during that span, Marianne says Newt Gingrich admitted to her about a six-year affair with a Congressional aide.

That woman is now Newt's third wife, Callista Gingrich. This is well documented, but it's a comment Newt allegedly made about it that's raising eyebrows:

He asked his wife if she would share him with Callista, according to Marianne.

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

Marianne also details how Newt was conducting this affair while publicly condemning the unfaithful President Clinton for his lack of moral leadership.

“How could he ask me for a divorce on Monday and within 48 hours give a speech on family values and talk about how people treat people?” she said.

“Truthfully, my whole purpose is to get out there about who I am, so Newt couldn’t create me as an evil, awful person, which was starting to happen.”

It gets worse. Newt divorced Marianne months after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she says, and began dating her almost as scandalously.

Her relationship with Newt started before his divorce from his first wife, Jackie, was finalized. And he left Jackie while she was undergoing cancer treatment.

Political pundits call this "baggage." Can he overcome it? Newt, who is trying to sustain recent momentum, responded to this interview on Today, saying:

"I'm not going to say anything negative about Marianne."

"My two daughters, Kathy and Jackie, have sent a letter to the president of ABC News saying from a family perspective, they think this is totally wrong."

"They think that ABC should not air anything like this. And that intruding into family things that are more than a decade old are simply wrong."

"I think that my two daughters are very credible on my character, I think the people who have known me a long time are credible on my character."

"We have lots of folks willing to speak on this, I'm not going to."

The letter of which he speaks that his daughters wrote says, "The failure of a marriage is a terrible and emotional experience for everyone involved."

Newt "regrets any pain he may have caused in the past to people he loves," they say, echoing sentiments Newt has made on the campaign trail.

Gingrich often speaks of his mistakes, admitting he is imperfect. The question is now much baggage is too much for voters to potentially take.

He should get a modest boost from Rick Perry dropping out of the race today, and has another debate tonight to make his case in South Carolina.

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. No wonder you are so cosuenfd. I don't think it was okay what he did, but we are all sinners, we all make mistakes, and if he has sincerely recognized his sinful ways and has cried out to God for forgiveness and has truly repented, then his sins are wiped away. That is between him and God. Besides, the reason I am defending Newt is not because I am a huge fan of his, or because I think his past is wonderful because it is not. I am defending him because he is the only candidate truly articulating conservatism right now, with a close second place when it comes to a conservative message by Santorum. You are speaking in absolutes, but that is how people like you think. Are you sure you are not a cyborg? Sometimes I think you reason like one (little joke considering your quip after your brain scan).

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haha you took the words out of my mouth. I heard Dick Cheney is a Cyborg, beaimchonical human being.

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@Carl-True-only that Clinton was getting "Head" in the Oval Office. The Useless Liberal Media has under estimated how Sick people are of this Biased,Racist,Egotistical, irresponsible shit they call Journalism. These Fuckers try and make the News rather than Report it. Of course we are living in a Society that is obsessed with Kim Kardashian and other Meaningless forms of human life. All the Media can feed us is Dirt. Not to mention the FACT that all this is nothing more than a diversion in order to COVERUP the Fact that Obama is a totally incompetent excuse for a President. Blacks will Vote Black no matter what but the rest of the Dumbasses really need to look around and see the fucking mess out there. No one is saying the Republicans havent screwed things up in the past but Damn- where's the Freakin Change that was promised!

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so what gingrich likes lots of booty. so did clinton! if he can get this country out of the mess it's in, he can bang whichever skank he pleases.

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@Truth-I understand Completly. That's the great thing about this Country. You have freedom of choice. Some groups of people make the choice of mine easy. I'm past the point of proving I'm not Racist- has never gotten me anywhere. There is a thin line between Fear ( being called Racist) and common sense ( they hate you anyway). I'll stick with the common sense side. I wont hate myself in the morning.

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Reed I had a black coworker that actually said to me that she preferred to patronize black-owned businesses, so that she could help "her people". I could not believe she didn't realize how racist that was. I wanted so badly to reverse it, and say "I know what you mean, I always shop at white-run businesses, so I can support "my people", too! However, I know that I would then be called the racist. Such a double standard.

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@JDeets- I know what you mean. I'm the type of Asshole that passes the Screwing to the next N****R I figure it's my Duty to keep the Balance in Society. I'll go to a Restaurant and if she looks like ME then I'll lay a couple of 20's on top of the $200 Dollar Tab. I'm guessing that's my good deed. If she is a CornRolled Cardplayer then she gets Zero! I figure my Taxes are keeping her in Pork Skins & Kool's anyway. If I buy a TV and I don't see anyone that looks like me then I go to the next store. I figure if I'm going to be declared a Racist then why not play the part. Some Horses are so far behind in the Race they actually believe they are in the Lead! Case in point with the SISSTA's If that Rodeo Clown gets another 4 years? Well..... People & Corporations will truly understand the Definition of being Fucked. Myself? Well..... My Friend Remington will continue to stay close.

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Reed, you would think these bitches owned the company. I don't put up with that ghetto behavior. Dropped the service. When the (white) manager called and tried to get my business back, I told him the story and he said they have to hire those people, because they have quotas based on the area's demographic. My area has a lot of "soul sistas".

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The Last thing America needs is a Soul Sister answering the Phone and I'm not just talking about the Fucking Chicken Grease left on the Reciever.

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