Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – For the second time in a day, some South Carolina Republicans received a phony email claiming that Newt Gingrich pressured his ex-wife to have an abortion.
The latest email, forwarded to CNN by several Republicans who received it on Friday afternoon, is a mock-up of a Gingrich campaign press release responding to the abortion charge.
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"Newt Gingrich released the following statement regarding reports that he forced ex-wife Marianne Gingrich to terminate a pregnancy," the email reads.
Earlier Friday, a bogus CNN Breaking News Alert was sent to some South Carolina Republican voters claiming that "a source close to Marianne Gingrich tells CNN that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich forced her to abort a pregnancy conceived during the affair that preceeded [sic] her marriage to Gingrich."
CNN did not send the email, and Gingrich's ex-wife Marianne has not made that accusation.
But the fake Gingrich campaign response looks awfully official, featuring the Newt 2012 campaign logo and accurate contact information for Gingrich's press secretary, R.C. Hammond.
The press release, however, is clearly fabricated and leaves readers with the impression that Gingrich demanded that his wife to end a pregnancy.
"I have said many times, including on the debate stage last night, that I am not a perfect human being and I have made mistakes in my life," the counterfeit Gingrich statement reads. "This was one of them. I have had to apologize to God and to seek reconciliation. The fact is, I am not proud of some decisions I have made or actions I have taken, but I believe in the power of redemption and I trust the voters of South Carolina do as well."
Gingrich addressed the controversy at a media availability in Orangeburg, South Carolina Friday afternoon.
"I am sick of the kind of dishonest campaigns that we see where people go out and fake somebody else's material for the purpose of causing trouble 24 hours the primary," Gingrich said. "This is not worthy of our children, grandchildren. It's not worthy of America. It's not funny. It's not a game. It undermines our capacity to govern ourselves. And I think frankly those folks, if we could find out who they are, should be prosecuted."