(CNN) - Newt Gingrich's campaign admitted Wednesday night the former House speaker was inaccurate when he claimed his team offered several witnesses to ABC News to refute statements made by Gingrich's second wife in a controversial interview aired last week.
CNN Chief National Correspondent John King reported the campaign said it only recommended Gingrich's two daughters from his first marriage, who wrote a letter discouraging ABC to release the interview.
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Marianne Gingrich claimed in the ABC interview that her husband asked for an open marriage while he was having an extramarital affair with his current wife, Callista Gingrich.
"The story was false. Every personal friend I have who knew us in that period says the story is false. We offered several of them to ABC to prove it was false. They weren't interested," Gingrich said at a CNN debate last week.
In an interview on Tuesday, King pressed Gingrich on those claims, saying ABC News insisted no such witnesses were put forward.
Gingrich said ABC's defense was "just plain baloney."
"If they're saying that, then they're not being honest," Gingrich said. "We had several people prepared to be very clear and very aggressive in their dispute about that, and (ABC News) wasn't interested."
On Wednesday, however, the campaign conceded the candidate was wrong, both in his debate answer and in his interview with CNN on Tuesday.
R.C. Hammond, the campaign's press secretary, told CNN the only people the campaign offered to ABC were the speaker's two daughters, Jackie Cushman and Kathy Gingrich Lubbers, who make regular appearances for their father on the campaign trail.
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I think this should be this week's first question so Newt can blow up again at CNN!
He is a liar and will always be a liar without salvation...
ABC News wasn't interested in anything other than sensationalism. That's why I don't watch their news anymore.
This is no surprise....Newt has a habit of saying people are lying about this and that. As time has shown he has been wrong. I think he found loopholes galore in the lobbying issue. Time will show this to be true also. Keep digging people, this man has no integrity. It is all about being President, a medal for him.
Oh Newt ... How many "oops" " Sorry i am wrong" are the American people, his supporters going to accept.
Romney 2012 !
Now here is a real shocker, Newt not saying the truth. I will give him credit thought it only took a week and 1/2 to admit it.
The first amendment gives the right to tell outright half-truths and lies. Remember that.
Nothing new...the guy has "ZERO" character and teling lies is natural for him. But, hey he does represent the "morale majority" as the right likes to say. People if you will lie and cheat on your spouse...then it is apart of who your are.
Wrong – Not Newt? Applause....
So he lied again. Oops no, rather he was once again "inaccurate". I bet he continues to be "inaccurate" as needed.
Sooooooo....He lied! Gingrich is no fool. He knew he could lie during the debate during maximum public attention and he knew discovery of his lie after the debate would only get scant attention.
So, I get my facts a little mixed up...sorry. Lying isn't that bad as long as you are not as rich as Gov. Romney. President Clinton did it, and we weren't too harsh on him. Cut me some slack.
Another claim by Gingrich that he later has to take back. It doesn't matter though because when people were listening, he lied and take his word for it. It is time to hold these politicians' words accountable.
So in other words, Gingrich lied to the millions of people who watched that debate!
In the famous words of another Republican known for stretching the truth, "I misspoke." Of course, they never admit it unless they're caught in the act. The thing I don't understand is why they would lie about something that is so easily checked. C'mon.
Who cares anymore, John King? You're the one who gave them Newt, so nothing you could do or say will be able to erase your own error.
So he lied, WHAT'S NEW?
Gingrich was not "inaccurate." He lied – there is a sigificant difference. Of course, this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone as Gingrich is a professional at making up his own facts.
Well well well America...here's what you can expect from a President Gingrich!
So, he lied. Yes, that is it. Like all republicans. Again. and again. and again......
This wouldn't be an "oops" moment, would it?
This is like printing a retraction in the newspaper.
Newt lies so easily that he is not capable of telling the truth.
I know Newt's going to implode at some point, but I want it to be after he gets the nomination. Let's hope this isn't it.
Gingrich is a liar. He just got caught on this one by ABC. The American people need to question everything Newt says. Now he is going to spend billions of dollars to put a permanent base on the moon, that sounds like he really wants to cut the US spending.