January 26th, 2012
08:23 AM ET
2 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. DC2003

    So the 2 daughters of the first wife ... who Newt cheated on while she was recovering from cancer with wife #2 ... doesn't get support from the 2 daughters ... who'd a thunk??

    January 26, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Vice of New York

    And so, we now have the Right-Wing answer to Jesus: 'GIVE US BARABUS!" say the Republicans. Give us the pathetic compulsive liar to head our nation – because we seeth with racism, bigotry and hate for everyone that is not like us...

    January 26, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Mr. Moderate

    In other words he go caught in a flat out lie.

    January 26, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. nvorr

    What other lie, er error, is going to be admitted to?

    January 26, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. ATPP

    Gingrich lied? Didn't see that coming.....

    January 26, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Joe

    Empty vessels make the most noise

    January 26, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. CEOs United

    There's a big difference between being 'wrong' and telling an outright lie.

    January 26, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Daniel

    "Gingrich campaign admits error"

    Really CNN? Really? Why don't you just say it like it really is. Newt Gingrich lied through his teeth . This was not an error – it was a calculated decision by Gingrich to lie without even flinching. Not only did he lie about it but he kept on defending his lie. I'm glad this came out but the headline makes it seem like an innocent mistake when it was not.

    January 26, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Keane

    Newt needs to now shift the words he used against others back onto himself: I was dishonest and my statements were false.

    January 26, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. scmom

    He was not wrong, he lied. And the daughters were the first wife's children, so why not go against the woman that broke up their mother's marriage. Pitiful, pathetic and above all hypocritical.

    January 26, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Willie Floyd

    So he lied-what else is new??

    January 26, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. dfriends

    If Newt wins the nomination, Mormons should NOT vote for the Republican Party nominee. Here's why, 1. We have a responsibility to our country to ensure that a demagogue doesn't run the country. Gingrich shows the all the signs of a kingman. And we know what happens when kingmen become powerful. He sounds like a Korihor.

    2. Mormons care about family values. We care about having a president who is a good father and husband. The last thing this country needs is the Example in Chief being a bad man, even if he espouses good things.

    Better to elect a Republican Senate and box Obama in than hire a bad guy.

    January 26, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Dan J

    CNN needs to be smart this time about it. Bait the other candidates into bringing the issue up, so that way he can't use the media as an excuse. Without the bully pulpit, Gingrich looks like a buffoon.

    January 26, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Tano

    ...This guy is a pathological LIAR, and he has the guts to call Romney a liar... at least Romney has remained faithful to his wife for over 40 years, we can't say the same thing about Newt, who seems to think that he can cheat and then say, I've confessed (been caught) my sins and now I'm forgiven. Really? I thought forgiveness of sins required also restitution... Just because YOU say, you are forgiven, doesn't make it so. I'm not saying he's not repentant, he might be. However, the fact is, Newt LIES, AND LIES, AND LIES. He is NOT an honest individual, and this comes from his personal life. If he can do that to his wife, he'd have no qualms about doing that to those who he doesn't know, us. ...I'm still voting for Romney, at least for now.... if Santorum gets his act together and stops bashing Romney and gives a more clear vision of what he can do/will do, then he might get my vote... we'll see.

    January 26, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. scmom

    He was not wrong, he lied. And the daughters were the first wife's children, so why not go against the woman that broke up their mother's marriage. Pitiful, pathetic and above all hypocritical. And why would children be allowed to be in their parents marriage. They should not have privy to that info.

    January 26, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. blarkin

    This is pure Newt ,put out a false comment in the full knowledge that it will not be challenged untill well after the fact,and everybody is focused on something new.

    January 26, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Grady

    I imagine someone in the Speaker of the House's camp is getting shishkabobbed over this mix up.

    January 26, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. b-c-h

    I can not believe people are buying this guy's "bag of crap" again. The RepubliCONS are desperate!

    January 26, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. FedUpwithLA

    It's rare that anyone would admit an error these days, let alone a campaign for a President. Wow! What will be next?! This is impressive!

    January 26, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Luke Brown

    This is typical of Newt's use of so-called "facts".

    They are there when they are needed ... then later are proven to be "lies".

    January 26, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. terry Vann

    OOOPS!

    This in addition to the adultery, the ripping off of Americans while Speaker of the House, the other ethics violations, and lying about his work for the 1.6 million from Fannie Mae! Newt is almost now qualified!

    January 26, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Janicket

    Surprise, surprise, surprise.

    January 26, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. from Massachusetts

    An outright lie? He just got through saying what he did wasn't as bad as Bill Clinton because he didn't lie to the American people. Well he just did, TWICE in the same 24 hours.

    January 26, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. jdh

    It wasn't a lie it was an error. And I thought I was wrong once but I was actually just mistaken....

    Its one thing for something to slip out but to be adamant about a claim then for it to turn around and be a lie, wow, that's the kind of character we need in the White House.

    January 26, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Anonymous

    This man scares the hell out of me........... I believe he thinks he is the next coming of Napolian and that as long as he states that he is righteous and sorry for past mistakes that we will think better of him. He has been forgiven in the eyes of God that I believe, but we mere mortals will jidge him on this CONSTANT PAST and his furure acts...... I have voted Republican for over 40 years and if he is our canidate I will change my vote..... I do not understand how his daughters can speak for him....... did he confide in them every time he met with his mistress and discuss his personal sexual deeds with them so that they would know that it was his ex-wife who was the problem ... and if so this speaks volumes about his children and the way he raised them.......... sorry but he is not the man who needs to be the head of this country......

    January 26, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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