Newt Gingrich wanted 'open marriage,' ex-wife says
January 19th, 2012
03:07 PM ET
3 years ago

Newt Gingrich wanted 'open marriage,' ex-wife says

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich offered his second wife a choice of an open marriage or a divorce when he revealed to her he was having an affair with the woman he later made his third wife, Marianne Gingrich said in interviews with ABC News and the Washington Post.

A day after he told his wife about his affair with Callista Bisek in May 1999, the former House speaker delivered a speech titled "The Demise of American Culture" to a group of Republican women in Pennsylvania, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

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  1. Dave

    Gingrich would be the worst possible choice for the nomination... worse than any of the ones that have already dropped out.

    January 19, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. NOvember 2012

    Well, there is word out that obama had multiple gay affairs....when is the media going to bring this out? Also, more info about his drug addiction...extra marital as it all is. Could be bo would make Newt look like a choir boy.

    January 19, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Dave

    You have to love these family values GOP hypocrites... Do as I say, not as i do...

    January 19, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Sorensen

    The old, "catholic" adulterer just cannot stop to step in the spinach. He lost everything a long time ago.

    January 19, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The Kennedy's were all well known womanizers. A different standard?

    January 19, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    WAAAAY too much information. The thought of him like that makes me want to lose my lunch

    January 19, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Indy

    Newt is a Republican politician so it is either his way or the highway, geez Marianne what did you expect ?

    January 19, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Howard

    NOBODY could possibly be worse for America than barack obama !!!

    January 19, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Whether Americans want to admit it or not ... its not just the character of the President that is scrutinized as he represents the US citizens to the world ... it is also the woman who will be First Lady who needs to be scrutinized as well. The woman who is First Lady also represents the United States to the world. Does a woman (like Callista Gingrich) who clearly has the significant moral failings and lack of decency to have engaged in a long-term affair with a married man and who significantly contributed to the breakdown of a marriage and home, really represent the women of America and a role model for its daughters?

    January 19, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Where is Mitt Romney’s Tax return what he is hiding that is matter?

    Marianne Gingrich two daughters with Newt Gingrich they stand by their father what else media wants. This is their personal life media must focus on Mitt Romney tax return

    January 19, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Sandy

    Who cares? She should have came out with this when Newt was going after Clinton for his affair.

    Obama 2012!

    January 19, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. A Texan

    Howard, have you forgot who was in office for 8 yrs. before Obama ?--- A Republican by the name of Geo. Bush !!!!!!

    January 19, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    THIS WILL NEVER GET POSTED as I have tried several times.

    Blame Ronald Reagan for lowering the standard. He bought two (2) LIVING wives into the White House. Since then – every man thinks it is okay to bring multiple wives.

    Like I said this will never get published because it is TRUE and because it is about Reagan.

    January 19, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Open marriage? Is that anything like a revolving charge?

    January 19, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. StuckInTX

    @NOvember 2012 – where do you folks come up with this stuff? There's not been a single report by the media about the President having "had multiple gay affairs" nor "his drug addiction", unless of course you are referring to his battle to quit smoking. Maybe you get that from some blogger, 'cus the "affairs" bit would never be released by a real news source with being fact checked.
    @vic , nashville ,tn – who cares about Rummie's tax return. Not I.. we already know he pays less than the average Joe, so what more do ya need? Oh wait, it could be used against him in a public forum.

    January 19, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Bob

    This ABC hatchet job is about as relevant as interviewing Obama's drug dealer.
    You will never see the state run media doing any such thing dissing their hero, of course.

    January 19, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Scott in Atlanta

    @vic, nashville, tn.... Ummm those two daughters are from his first marriage (of 3 marriages) to "Jackie". Not with Marianne. Noooow can you see why they would stand by him?

    January 19, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. johen

    ewt is whats wrong with america

    January 19, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. enodot

    The Circus just gets more and more entertaining!

    January 19, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Mikey

    @Ray E – The Kennedys lived in a different time. Those things were not discussed and the media would ignore them.
    @Howard – Thanks for the well thought out, enlightening and intellegent post. Just what one expects from an Obama hater.
    @November 2012 – Your post speaks for itself. President Obama is a class act. Your post tells us all you are incapable of recognizing or acting with class. Once again, the kind of trash you expect from Obama haters.

    January 19, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Patriot Awesome

    I would vote for Herman Cain over Newt.

    January 19, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Squigman

    This is a lady killer?

    January 19, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. willie floyd

    @NO2012
    I'm sure you've done a very thorough fact check on that ignorant statement??? What garbage!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 19, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    That may be a clue to $ara's position, should Newt get the votes.

    January 19, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. Dems will

    Howard you are officially an idiot.

    January 19, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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