Gingrich hit by another suspicious email in South Carolina
January 20th, 2012
05:26 PM ET
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Gingrich hit by another suspicious email in South Carolina

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."

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Biggge

    This is hate on hate, GOP on GOP.... Love it...

    January 20, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. diridi

    All these republicans clowns are worth for zero dime....

    January 20, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    I am sorry but I believe every evil thing that anyone says about this guy. He is known and it has been told by those who know him best and have worked for him that he is a first class bully and bas tard.
    I also believe everything his ex wife says about him. The daughters? They just want to make sure he keeps them in his will and all his money doesn't go to tuba lady.

    January 20, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. pnwjim

    So if you say it is not true have you and the ex, together ,on stage take lie detecor test to see who is telling the truth?You win and a great big following of people will follow you blindly. You loose and you are finished in the race. Pretty simple.
    Get two or three ex cia/fbi to officate and also as a counter balance also use voice ananlyizers to spot untruths.Make for a great show and would fit right into the TEAPARTYPUBLICCANS show.[ In case you havent notice there is no real republican party anymore.]

    January 20, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. jparker77

    I cant stand Newt or any of the other GOP canidates but fake emails & such is wrong. That shouldnt happen to anyone because it could just as easily happen to Obama whom i support. This isnt right to do to anyone.

    January 20, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Jake

    he is a dirt bag.

    January 20, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Have you noticed that Newt Gingrich has not really produced an economic plan? After first balking at the Ryan Plan, he has since given it a full throat endorsement, half trillion dollars of additional annual debt and all.

    January 20, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    What a flaccid field of failed elitists.

    January 20, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Thomas

    It's known as karma Newt, get used to it. You reap what you sow and your abject hypocrisy on "family values" is coming back to bite you. Newt should now be neutered.

    January 20, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Shannon

    Once and for all the Republican right has shown us what fake and horrible people they are. Their phony family values are on display for the rest of America to see. They cheered a serial adulterer, cheater and fraud last night. They are supporting a man rocked by corruption in his term as speaker of the house. Whenever another fake Christian right wing fanatic tries to spew their bigoted views on gays, minorities and women to me, I'm going to say, Newt Gingrich you hypocrite, and tell them once and for all what I think of their brand of vaules.

    January 20, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. Len Smith

    What makes you think that it is not true? It would be just the thing that the "Newt" would do. He is about as low as low can get.

    January 20, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. jamison

    Our previous president makes all of these GOP candidates look like Einstein – and we all know how smart he (Bush) was.
    Can is GONE, and he didn’t know anything about Libya even though it was in the news for the last 8 months. Newt is still around even though he committed adultery more than once. So much for the GOP Conservative Family Values – HA. Paul has some radical ideas like pulling the plug on the sick if they have no health insurance. Perry is GONE even though he was from another planet, and could not remember what he had for Lunch let alone what he will do if elected. Then he calls our Turkish allies terrorists. Bachman is GONE and she was a total idiot in denial. Romney would fire everyone except those in their corporate ivory towers. No wonder he doesn’t want anyone to know how much he paid in taxes.
    All of them are mean spirited, uncaring and vindictive. In 2012 I think I will stick with who we have now. At least he has a logical and clear thinking brain and CARES about the common man.

    January 20, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Fire0bama

    Speaker Gingrich, stand firm and stand strong. If you could be successful in leading the Republican revolution in 1994, you can definitely do it again in 2012!

    January 20, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. Eric Charles

    The GOP candidates deserve each and every wrong done to them. After every speech, interview, debate I read the various fact checking reports: so many half-truths and blatant lies. I guess none of them believe in karma or reciprocity? But then if a candidate is "saved," they act like they like the lies are gospel truth. I know plenty of devout Christians, and they don't believe it's okay to lie like these candidates. If I was a true-blue Republican, I'd be mortified at the quality and honesty of the choices in the field.

    January 20, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. NOvember 2012

    well well... I've read bios on JFK, RFK, LBJ,and Clinton. These men were by all standards scum, and you nut case libs jump on Gingrich. If the press had vetted obama like they have the conservatives...from Nixon to Gingrich there is not a thinking person in this country would even want him in this country.

    You guys know obamas days are numbered...any one of these GOP contenders would kick obama to the curb and you know it.... your a bunch of scared little people.

    January 20, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. F-Gingrich

    It truly is a man's world when a troll like Gingrich can actually find three women willing to marry him. Of course, judging by the looks of each of his "wives", maybe it isn't so far fetched.....I'd be willing to bet he has to pay Calista each time they "mate".....

    January 20, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. senator pompous

    So it's not true because Newt SAYS it's not true? That some great reporting.

    January 20, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. Jamie from Riverside

    I believe it.

    January 20, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. mrt00

    Should we vote for Herman then?

    January 20, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. Faith

    Newt may have said he changed, there may be foregiveness but that does not mean he can be trusted. He cheated at least 3 times if not more. He lied in Congress and violated 84 regulations and was fined $300,000 for doing so. He was involved in check fraud. This was over a long period of time. So it will take A LONG TIME for him to gain any trust back.

    January 20, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    He's doing it to himself and blaming other people. Don't EVER think he won't go after the "poor picked on me" vote.

    He's conniving. Doing it himself.

    January 20, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. independent

    Somebody tell Newt that what is despicable is abandoning two sick wives because you can't control your lust for young women.

    January 20, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. NC

    Romney is behind every dirty trick. Anytime someone else poses a threat to his getting the nomination they are romneyboated.

    January 20, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. kayla

    boy, if they are doing this to their own, could you imagine what they will do to the prez? what a shame

    January 20, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. geggyg

    Yes pnwjim it would be a good idea for Gingrich to take a lie detector test , but as with most politicians and top business execs a pass would still be inconclusive , as most long term sociopaths can beat lie detector tests, as they sincerely believe what they say no matter how contradictory and evidence against them

    January 20, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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