January 26th, 2012
08:23 AM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich campaign admits error

(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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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (504 Responses)
  1. JN

    Inaccurate? I call it lying.

    January 26, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. m

    This is just more of Newt's warped view of his importance. What he did though is last long enough on the lie to get through the SC primary. There his lie managed to hold the line with the people stuck in the 1950's who don't want women/minorities to have a say in anything. Offering your 2 daughters as "proof" doesn't work either especially when they are part of your campaign.

    This is just another example that Newt will say whatever he wants to get what he wants. He has on regard for truth, morality or personal values yet points the finger at what he claims are their failings. He needs to look in the mirror and point at himself when he wants to tell lies because clearly he believes his own lies.

    January 26, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Shelama

    What possibly could any number of Gingrich friends, even if they did exist, offer to disprove the ex's allegations?? How many of these imaginary friends would have been in on the phone call she described? Gingrich's lying defense and excuse was stupid on the face of it.

    American Exceptionalism: the Kardashians; the birthers, intelligent design; Fox News, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh; and Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich as credible presidential candidates,

    Congratulations on your second term, President Obama. How does it feel knowing that the Republicans, in what should have been a landslide slam-dunk, couldn't beat the "worst president ever"?

    January 26, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. DC Mike

    Please let Newt win the GOP ballot Please let Newt win the GOP ballot Please let Newt win the GOP ballot Please let Newt win the GOP ballot Please let Newt win the GOP ballot Please let Newt win the GOP ballot Please let Newt win the GOP ballot Please let Newt win the GOP ballot Please let Newt win the GOP ballot Please let Newt win the GOP ballot Please let Newt win the GOP ballot

    PPPPPPLLEEEEEEAAAASSSSSE!!!!!

    January 26, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Eclem321

    Last week... "Oh, snap South carolina! Newt just "powned" King! I gotta get my vote on fo dat!" This week SC residents.... "well, just another slick politician working us to seek his own agenda"

    January 26, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Generics

    LOL John King just HAD to find something inaccurate about Gingrich's statement, after Gingrich literally tore King apart that night. John King got embarrassed big time hahaha. It figures that they would try and retaliate afterwards.

    You got destroyed, John King. You got destroyed big time. Man up, and take your beating hahahahaha. GINGRICH 2012!

    January 26, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. GOP Do DEMs a Favor

    Keep trying to make this man pres.. KEEP IT UP. It will be a sure win for Obama.. Newt man is more corked then Hoffa .. Newt has aided more in the destruction of this economy then W Bush's fake wars... PLEASE make this butter ball of crazy your choice.

    January 26, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. superfudge1

    Yeah, okay so what. It was two people offered up instead of several. It doesn't change the fact that ABC lied also by saying Newt never offered anyone up. Another classic hatchet job by CNN.

    January 26, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Eclem321

    BTW- to me being repentant of a wrong and saying you have sought and received redemption from your mistake means that you confess and dont do it again. Covering it up only means you are unrepentant and have not come to grips with what you have done. How great would it be if he had said, "I made some serious mistakes with my former wife and hurt her. I have paid for those mistakes and have sought forgiveness from her and my maker" Who could throw stones at that. INstead he has magnified his infidelity and perversion by revealing that he's also a liar who lied to everyone on national TV. Newt, your worth more than that. Winning south carolina and losing everything else isnt worth it. Cmon admit your mistakes, get your life in order, and move on.

    January 26, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. David in FL

    Newt needs to apologize to the American people, to King, and to the people of SC for manipulating them into voting for him.

    January 26, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. MikeH

    What is it about Newt being a clinical pathological liar don't you understand?

    January 26, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. scottf

    oops! Newt the Narcissist's favorite fan is Newt!!. This guy is a sociopath. One of many lies to come.!!!

    January 26, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Charles Bowen

    Wow! What a supprise the Newtster Lies. Oh this Sooooooo Republican. Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    January 26, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. achepotle

    I believe everything Newt says because that is how God is instructing my heart.

    January 26, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. rick

    Were his daughters present when he asked his wife to be a swinger? I don't think so unless he truly is a very sick man. WAIT!! They probably were present.

    January 26, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. iheartyou

    "Every personal friend I have who knew us in that period says the story is false.".... how stupid do you think we are, Newt? How the heck would your friends know the truth about this? How the heck would your daughters know the truth about this??? Do you really think that we believe that you talk to every personal friend you have about the status of your marriage in that way? Is that party conversation at your house?...."hey, Newt, did your wife agree to your request for an open marriage? pass the corn chips please."

    Come on. The only person that really knows the truth about what went down is him and his ex-wife. And he has already been proven to be a liar and a man lacking ethics. Go away, Newt. Please. Just go away.

    January 26, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. kasey

    Know how you can tell Newt's lying? He opens his mouth. Seriously.

    January 26, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Mark

    Newt is a power grabbing liar, plain and simple. He tells people what they want to hear, and unfortunately too many people are voting for him because of that. We need someone who had a successful career; which is anybody but Newt.

    January 26, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    What's new? GOBP wingnuts are often lying if their lips are moving. Mitch Daniels told many lies in the response to the President's speech this week. Their sheep eat the lies up.

    January 26, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. kasey

    Superfudge, you need to reread the article. Newt said they'd offered up several witnesses to refute the wife's claim and ABC said no such witnesses were brought forth. The daughters did NOT refute the claim, they just wrote a letter asking ABC not to air the interview.

    January 26, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Spockish

    Gingrich lied? I'm shocked. SHOCKED!

    (with apologies to "Casablanca")

    January 26, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Jose VD

    The campain is just starting and so is the lying! Should we be surprised? I can't think of one Republican out there that I can trust...

    January 26, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Pat

    Liar, liar – pants on fire. Where there's fire, there's got to be smoke and mirrors.........those two sycophantish daughters who think they could possibly have some sort of career opportunity by hanging on those obese coattails. Enough with the BS.

    January 26, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Trev Rock

    My bologna has a first name and it's P I O U S B L O W H A R D

    January 26, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Ben

    This story is a total fabrication to save King. He was way out of line and is a loser. Gingrich never said he wasn't factual. Supposedly someone from his campaign said it? How stupid are the masses?

    January 26, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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