January 26th, 2012
08:23 AM ET
11 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. Robert

    I think this should be this week's first question so Newt can blow up again at CNN!

    January 26, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  2. S.positive

    He is a liar and will always be a liar without salvation...

    January 26, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  3. FedUp

    ABC News wasn't interested in anything other than sensationalism. That's why I don't watch their news anymore.

    January 26, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  4. Susan

    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.

    January 26, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  5. Jariv

    Oh Newt ... How many "oops" " Sorry i am wrong" are the American people, his supporters going to accept.

    Romney 2012 !

    January 26, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  6. Lovetheusaorleave

    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.

    January 26, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    The first amendment gives the right to tell outright half-truths and lies. Remember that.

    January 26, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  8. LD

    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.

    January 26, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  9. a in austin

    Wrong – Not Newt? Applause....

    January 26, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  10. hansdick

    So he lied again. Oops no, rather he was once again "inaccurate". I bet he continues to be "inaccurate" as needed.

    January 26, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  11. David Pollan

    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.

    January 26, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  12. Newt

    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.

    January 26, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  13. Commonsense

    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.

    January 26, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    So in other words, Gingrich lied to the millions of people who watched that debate!

    January 26, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  15. Phil in KC

    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.

    January 26, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  16. donna

    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.

    January 26, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  17. AL In Palm Beach County, FL

    So he lied, WHAT'S NEW?

    January 26, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  18. Dave

    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.

    January 26, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  19. Mark

    Well well well America...here's what you can expect from a President Gingrich!

    January 26, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. Newt is Nuts

    So, he lied. Yes, that is it. Like all republicans. Again. and again. and again......

    January 26, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. PasadenaGuy

    This wouldn't be an "oops" moment, would it?

    January 26, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This is like printing a retraction in the newspaper.

    January 26, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  23. Robert

    Newt lies so easily that he is not capable of telling the truth.

    January 26, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. Michael in La Jolla

    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.

    January 26, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. K

    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.

    January 26, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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