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. Dr. Dan

    No, according to Republican cant, it isn't really a lie unless it's said under oath.

    January 26, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Rick

    The ridiculous thing is that even if every person that ever knew Gingrich swore on the bible that it wasn't true it would mean NOTHING because there is absolutely no way that his friends were actually there for every conversation Newt and his wife ever had. I can't believe the media didn't call him on that when he brought the whole defense up. His defense was no defense at all.

    January 26, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. C Parker

    Newt believes in LIE"S after all he is on his 3rd marriage.
    Do we really want a adulterer as a President and a adulteress as our FIRST LADY?

    January 26, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. JWR

    I knew it was a lie when Newt said. Common sense applies when accessing how many people are gathered around when a husband and wife discuss such delicate matters as desiring an "open relationship". Please!!!

    January 26, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Nothing new here

    Republicans – nominate Ron Paul, or just give it up.
    Choosing between a RICH spoiled brat or a philanderer is NOT an option.
    Thank you.

    January 26, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Sam

    @Fedup: I am not sure why you are blaming ABC news...You are shooting the messenger...The campain itself admitted that Newt was wrong on his answer. Besides I find it hard to believe, a long standing news organization would'nt give a chance to Newt to say his piece on such an explosive issue.

    January 26, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. SLS

    This makes me so excited for the debate tonight. I hope that the moderator and Mitt, plus the other candidates will go after Newt. It's time for this guy to get off the stage. What a liar!!!

    January 26, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Joe T.

    Newt tries to tell us that his marital affairs aren't worth bring up.

    That is wrong. He's a man who has this idea that gays being allowed to marry is a bad thing because it ruins the sanctity of marriage. Newt has done more to ruin the sanctity of marriage than most gays would. It's hypocrisy at it's finest.

    So Newt, don't try to convince us that your marital affairs aren't important, when family values are a foundation of your campaign. Not to mention how badly you went after Clinton. Suddenly, it's not important.

    January 26, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. bookworm

    So, he lied, and repeated that lie until it was inevitable that he own up to it. And he doesn't even have the integrity to admit it.....hiding behind his campaign who said it was "inaccurate". No, folks....it was a bold faced lie, and it earned him a standing ovation a few debates ago. Totally sickening. PLEASE open your eyes, and see there is only one candidate who has integrity and is worthy of your vote. Ron Paul.

    January 26, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Joe T.

    Newt the hypocrite. He tries to convince us that his affairs aren't important, that they don't apply to his run for presidency. Need I remind you how bad he went after Bill Clinton? Apparently, marital affairs were bad for the President then, but aren't important now. Hypocrite.

    Add all of this into the fact that one foundation of Newt's campaign is family values. How can you honestly expect us to believe that LGBT shouldn't be allowed to marry because it ruins the sanctity of marriage, when you have done so yourself repeatedly? You try to tell us it isn't relevant. Oh Newt, it certainly is. Hypocrisy at it's finest.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg of why Newt would be horrible for America.

    January 26, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. RicoMalo

    Newt's a liar and very yukky man, on par with Rush and the likes but my question is this: how in the wide world of sports can his friends substatiate him not saying he wanted an open marriage? This is just bizzare. Like his friends were privy to all of the personal conversations between him and his yukky wife... WTF???

    January 26, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Voice Crying In the Wilderness

    So do we now take away the loud applause and standing ovation?

    January 26, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. FedUpRepublican

    This is a news flash? Newt’s always been a pathological liar and a master manipulator. No morals, no integrity and no honor. Is it any wonder that Palin the Grifter endorses and cheerleads this fool? Two birds of a feather…

    January 26, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. Nothing new here

    This is a disgrace.
    The one candidate, Ron Paul, that could bring together people on the left, right and center, will probably not get the nonination.
    So we are left with a childish fibber, or a man that wants to buy the presidency as some kind of commodity.
    This is a sad day for this country.

    January 26, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. LittleBearCB

    When backed into a corner, always blame the media. A good distraction and popular way to not answer a question of character...

    January 26, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. SV

    Everyone seems to be focusing on Newt, but what about Callista? Ya'all want a First Lady who's a homewrecker?

    January 26, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. pprty

    Such a jerk!

    January 26, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. A Texan

    Is anyone surprised ????

    January 26, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Paul Z

    Surprise! A cheating guy in his third marriage..... still lies. Shocking.

    January 26, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. A Texan

    The morals of an alley cat !!!!

    January 26, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Senor Ed

    Gingrich lied? Really? You gotta be kidding me. I'm sure he'd never do anything like that, moral and ethical person that he is.

    January 26, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. hypatia

    So do we get to see his pants on fire on primetime?

    January 26, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. JohnW

    "There are several witnesses that can back me up. Wait, the voices in my head count, right?"

    January 26, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Lisa P

    Well I think we all already knew that Newt lives in an environment of very strange fantasies and very strange understandings of reality. No one should be surprised that he never did what he said he did, or that he did do what he keeps on insisting he didn't do. That's the way Newt rolls. Vote for Newt if you want the country to roll down, down and further down with him, his fantasies and his strange understandings of reality.

    January 26, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. Reeiping it Real

    Shouldn't have happened in the first place, but good to come clean on the issue. Of course liberals here will never ask the same of Obama, who has been caught with lies on numerous occasions. I guess it's ok for a democrat to lie.

    January 26, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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