Gingrich campaign aims to rebut attacks
November 18th, 2011
10:32 PM ET
7 years ago

Gingrich campaign aims to rebut attacks

Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich's campaign is going on the attack against its attackers.

On Friday the campaign set up a new part of his website called "Answering the Attacks," saying it will enable it to "tell the truth about Newt and set the record straight about Newt's positions on the issues as well as his record in public life and as a private citizen."

The web page tries to defuse such past controversies as whether the former House Speaker supports Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal. Last May he called the proposal "right wing social engineering" but then apologized for that remark. On the site it states: "Newt agrees wholeheartedly with Rep. Ryan that we must give our seniors more choices than the current one-size-fits-all Medicare model."

The topics that could gain the most notice are the ones dealing with his controversial personal history: pointing out 83 of the 84 ethics charges filed against him during his tenure as speaker were dropped. The other charge dealt with what it calls contradictory documents prepared by Gingrich's lawyer. The site does point out Gingrich did end up reimbursing the campaign for the cost of its investigation.

The website also addresses his three marriages and extramarital affair, saying, "Newt has been honest and forthright about the fact that he has had moments in his life that he regrets, that he has had to seek reconciliation, and go to God for forgiveness."

On the affair Gingrich had during the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton, the page says, "Opponents often try to delegitimize Newt Gingrich by pointing out that he had admitted to having an extramarital affair during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. What these accusers are ignoring is that the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton were due to the fact that the president committed perjury in front of a sitting federal judge, which is a felony. As the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt felt that he had a duty to uphold the rule of law by pursuing impeachment. He stands by that decision today."

Taking on what it calls a "completely false" story claiming that Gingrich asked his wife for a divorce while she was in the hospital dying of cancer, the campaign calls it "a vicious lie." The site highlights a recent column by his daughter which stated her mother had requested the divorce and it was months before the hospital visit that has been cited.

Concerning his relationship with mortgage giant Freddie Mac, the website repeats what Gingrich has said: he offered "strategic advice" to the organization as part of his firm, the Gingrich Group, but states, "At no time did Gingrich lobby for Freddie Mac, or any other client, and neither did anyone in Gingrich's firm."

As to the possible release of more details of the contract with Freddie Mac, Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond tells CNN, "we'd like to see it," and that Gingrich has asked the firm to research the information and release it.

Gingrich's campaign has seen a continuing financial windfall as he has risen in the polls. Hammond confirms the campaign has raised $4 million since October 1. But now that it is doing well, the campaign will wait to release figures until it has to report them to the Federal Election Commission to avoid tipping off competitors.

Asked whether the cash infusion has allowed the campaign to pay off the more than $1 million it owes to creditors, Hammond was coy but said "we're working towards paying off the debts."

Saying it has set up the page to arm supporters with information, the campaign is also using it to solicit ideas to help improve Gingrich's ability to counter various charges.

"See an attack that is not answered? Let us know here. This page will grow as we receive more feedback to help you answer the attacks."

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (26 Responses)

    1. moraly, politically, personally corrupt = newt

    November 18, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  2. Tubby the Tuba - Texas Texas

    Come clean Mr. Grinch. 38 million dollars made off the Medical/Hospital wonder he and the other Republicans are against the Obama Care. They have been bribed.

    November 18, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  3. roro

    I guess they'll need someone full time to keep changing "the truth" to justify this week's positions. If the man was a decent person, instead of the clever (and very rich) chameleon that he is, he wouldn't need such a website. Perhaps Newt and his cohorts could themselves do what they want for Newt, and stop telling lies about others.

    November 18, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  4. Tom H.

    Newt represents all that is wrong with today's Republicans. He's basically a small, greedy, and arrogant little coward. Never wore a uniform, yet thinks he knows what' best for the real Americans who have. Not presidential material.

    November 18, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Newt called Ryan's plan "right wing social engineering." Now he's trying to re-write history by saying he "wholeheartedly" supports it.

    Typical Newt: Lie through your teeth, hoping that we all forget YOUR history.

    November 19, 2011 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  6. Marry

    …the list of “HIS” explanations will get very long as he enlightens us about his dealings with the “health industries”. But, we know, he is only a “Historian”…

    November 19, 2011 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  7. tjlnsd

    You can put lipstick on a pig but it still smells like a pig....or a hockey mom from Wasilla. Can never remember that one but somehow it seems appropriate.

    November 19, 2011 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  8. DixonIV

    I can't believe they still use that lame idea that they went after Clinton because he committed purgery. I wonder how the question of Clinton's affair came up? Give me a break, they were after Clinton just like they are Obama. If Newt would have been questioned knowing his answers would be put on national TV he would have done exactly the same thing. If you have nothing to offer then demonize. He is presenting the normal Reublican victim stance. That left wing media machine is calling me names again, oh did you hear Obama is a socialist who is not a citizen? I know the Republicans have better people to offer up for the campaign, so why don't they? Because the extreem right wing is in control of their party and like the extreem left wing, that is no good for this country.

    November 19, 2011 04:27 am at 4:27 am |

    The flavor of this week is going down.The wingnuts will make sure of that. They will send the blondes after Newt too.

    November 19, 2011 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  10. Namejkane

    What a fat loser, any money he has he probably stole from the gov. What did he advise fanny and freedy MAC to do. Go out of business. They should ask for a refund for nonperforming,probley like he does in his 10 affairs and marrages

    November 19, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  11. Tired of the nonsense

    Tell the truth about Newt? You mean he has even MORE skeletons in his closet? He's done even worst things that we already know about?

    November 19, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  12. diridi

    Not telling the truth, just Rebuttal....shame, just corroborate to these rebuttal....produce corroborative evidence of nonsense so that people believe, o.k, no substance?....what a nasty idiots....

    November 19, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  13. no1atall

    The Republican presidential nomination campaigns stink of utter desperation. Newt Gingrich is, was, and always will be a liar, and a loser, as are those that support him. He wouldn't know 'honest and forth right" from a peanut butter sandwich.

    November 19, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  14. Indy

    Asked whether the cash infusion has allowed the campaign to pay off the more than $1 million it owes to creditors, Hammond was coy but said "we're working towards paying off the debts."

    I thought Republicans don't spend more than they take in ? We always hear Republicans preaching this but it appears that they cant practice what they preach.

    November 19, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  15. sensible

    ....So bringing up Newt's past is 'attacking' him??

    Everything is a 'vicious lie'....Like Herman Cain, one or two 'problems' can be dismissed, but so many cannot be ignored.

    Boy.... a lot of skeletons in that closet!!!!

    Guess the best reptili'con' is a salamander...fits right in!!

    November 19, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  16. sensible

    Newts and salamanders are slimy and slippery.....just sayin'

    November 19, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. sensible

    They didn't even 'bother' to answer these indiscretions until he neared the top of the heap. I guess that Koch money can buy a lot of spin doctors!

    November 19, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  18. sensible

    His first campaign staff bailed when they found out how much 'dirt' they would have to cover up when, and if, the public eye focused on the Newt!

    November 19, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  19. W L Jones

    Its rainging over Georgia and every where I go I cannot find an agreablly audience to except the mistake of his past. Give the man a break after all he is trying to explain what happen.

    November 19, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Go Newt. Don't let Rove ram Romney down our throats!

    November 19, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. Independent Voters

    Newt is not ready to be president he have to many pass issues such 3 wives he cheated on and Bernie Mac.
    Newt step down as house speaker I just dont trust him.

    November 19, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. WiredweirdinSF

    Not if CNN Political Ticker and its druggie, corrupt union readers have anything to do. Like any other Republican candidate, Newt will be thouroughly trashed with the liberally biased mainstream media leading the way while the look away from the most incomptent, inept, corrupt administration in the history of this country.

    November 19, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. LegendRx

    Once a sleazy grimy snake of a crook, always, a sleazy grimy snake of a crook. Take a good hard look at this man, nothing about his character has changed. Newt supporters are in some kind of subliminal trans. They seem to be oblivious to this mans misdeeds. Can we actually see this fat out of shape pig, in the White House. I mean seriously folks, looking like a fake, W. C. Fields . . . Period. LOL!

    November 19, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. ST

    I do not see how the 99% can vote for this man. He pretends to be intelligent of all bunch of contenders, but he should understand that good thinkers are also weighing on how to cast their valuable votes, which I can predict will not go for him. He has eaten more than enough!

    November 19, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. Brad Naksuthin

    It's not a good sign when you have to kick off your campaign to represent the American people with a list of explanations and excuses for a laundry list of past sins and omissions: infidelity, taking money from Freddie Mac, ethics charges, flip flopping, hypocrisy etc.
    Republicans really need a candidate who has high moral standards and a consistent conservative voting record.
    So far they are coming up empty handed

    November 19, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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