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. John

    So Newt Gingrich once again LIE to people and he Only saying what he think what people what to hear. His two Daughters to say anything he want they to say. This man can't be trusted.

    January 26, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. parkmore

    Newt is not a trustful candidate. AS NANCY SAID HE WILL NEVER WIN THE white House not even the GOP primary

    January 26, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. sayer

    I love how Newt's Campaign admits error– Not Newt himelf. He would never admit to making an error. It would be the fault of the person calling him out on it.

    January 26, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. don

    Newt lied twice to win an "in the moment" conflict then his campaign later corrected his "mistake"?
    The other participants at tonight's debate should have red flags to throw(a la NFL coaches) challenging Newt's glib, false pronouncements until"further review can determine if he is making stuff up again. If he's guilty, his mic is off for 20 minutes!
    Correcting his lies later when no one is watching leaves the illusion of his erudition/intellect intact way too long.

    January 26, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Drainthesewerin2012

    NEWSFLASH!! The Tea Party will be in the capitol today serving FiB Newtons.

    On another note: The Republican Party has just sent the President, Barack Obama, a note congratulating him on his second term and notifying him that all Republicans with an I.Q. over 25 will not be voting in the upcoming presidential election due to a lack of any viable candidates worthy of a vote!!!!

    January 26, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Scoop

    Its official! Newt says whatever he thinks sounds good whether its true or not. Reminds me of Stephen Colbert but he makes no clain to ever be telling the truth. If I was Obama, I'd refuse to debate him unless Colbert was also was on the stage to be the perfect twin of Newt's "Fabrication Nation".

    January 26, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Matt

    Serial Liar

    This is a presidential candidate who has a history of being a serial Liar. No wonder he made history being the ONLY house speaker in American history to be 'BOOTED' out of congress for ethic violation...this includes him being a LIAR!

    He is a serial liar...a serial Hypocrite according to Ron Paul.

    January 26, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. billy davis

    Gingrich has proven to be a consistent liar. He would never be POTUS.

    January 26, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. anagram_kid

    Sounds more like a lie than an error.

    January 26, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. samuel Burnside

    He is liar ! And as an Vetern, an American and voter....I feel disrespected that Newt he has the character to be a canidate to represent Americans. His personal life, his performances as the Spreaker, his border lines racist remarks and ideas.....are dispectful to Americans ! And the SAD part is that old Southerns from SC, Fla and Georiga vote for this man. And his wife stands there like they are the standards for America...it is a soap.

    If he is elected .....we are a nation with a problem.

    January 26, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Stormer

    What? Gingrich lied? I'm Shocked! Shocked, I tell you. Come On People! Gingrich lied to his wives about his affairs. He lied while in Congress which lead to his ouster as Speaker. He has lied this entire campaign. Why is anyone surprised?

    January 26, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Riptim

    I hope they keep this going, We can then make a list of newts lies and put them together in commercial if he is the teapublicans choice. Ca1t you just see it. Have it all on tape, where he won`t be able to lie his way out of it. The party of moral values is endorsing a wife cheater and a lier. Just pathetic.

    January 26, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. PM Ohio

    This is the Karl Rove style of politics...lie, lie and lie some more, until people believe it...then when your caught in your lies, you offer a back door apology, but the damage has been done...all the Faux News followers repeat the same lies, so the lies are taken as fact by all of the Tea Baggers and ignorant GOP sheep, even though it is a lie. Rove knows that 30% of America will believe anything a GOP'r says even if you can prove that it is a bold face lie...

    January 26, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. blark

    Gingrich = Surrender of moral authority on "Family Values" to Obama and the Democrats. Imagine in your mind –the image of the first Family –Barack and Michele and their adorable daughters– juxtaposed against Newt and Calista. All the grandiose ideas and clever debating skills will never wipe away that contrasting image! I cannot understand how we Republicans think for a moment that is a winning hand. Newt would like to talk his way out of a dishonest lack of individual moral character that he acted himself into repeatedly over a sustained period of time (6 years with Calista, and several more with Marianne before that). Newt would have us believe that there is nothing here –just "pain" and "divorce" something common to many and to someone that all of us know. But there is no personal dishonesty in 'pain' or even in 'divorce' –those are not the real issues. The real issue, which Newt would like to hide through smoke and mirrors and angry, crowd-pleasing outbursts, is a core issue of personal honesty and integrity. And on that score, as it relates to the seeking of the position of highest public trust in the land, Newt, and Calista, together should be weighed in the balance and found sorely wanting.

    January 26, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Debbie

    If you lie with great conviction and often, I guess you can fake out some of the less informed voters.

    January 26, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. Me

    But he seems so honest!

    January 26, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Rick

    Tom DeLay, a top deputy to Gingrich during the Republican revolution of the mid-1990s said the following in a radio interview with KTRH, DeLay said: “He’s not really a conservative. I mean, he’ll tell you what you want to hear. He has an uncanny ability, sort of like Clinton, to feel your pain and know his audience and speak to his audience and fire them up. But when he was speaker, he was erratic, undisciplined.”

    January 26, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Mortalc01l

    Double speak of the Republicans... Inaccurate=LIE, not meant to be "factual= LIE.... Anything that comes out of a Republican's mouth=LIE.

    It's become preposterous that Politicians think they can lie and lie and lie and get away with it when actual EVIDENCE and PROOF exists to contradict them! The real problem is that Republican voters for the most part, don't actually believe in the truth or facts.. they think that uninformed personal opinion is the new fact and truth....

    January 26, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Adam

    Everyone else lies, Newt makes "errors". I just threw up a little.....

    January 26, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Lynne

    Newt made an error in his comments??? I am in shock!!! I am dismay!!!

    Please note the sarcasm dripping off my comments! He lies and is never sorry for it. He has all of those nice christian people fooled that he has repented his sins but hasn't. He is one of those "good" Christian's that think they can continue to lie and cheat and do evil as long as they say sorry when they are done. Being truly repentant doesn't work that way...it's I'm sorry and I'll never do it again...and actually meaning it. That is so not Newt.

    The best indicator of future behavior is past behavior, and we see it in Newt every day!

    January 26, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Max Powers

    Really, would your daughters know if you had proposed an open marriage to their mother? Is that a conversation that you would have in front of your children? Or is that something that you might keep to yourself? Also, why would the daughters weigh in against their mother. Oh, that's right, Newt has all the money. Gold digging daughters!

    January 26, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. jo an

    Ask it again...and again...and AGAIN...hammer him with his lies....

    January 26, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Dixie Independent voter

    Newt really believes that he is more intelligent than anyone else living. A sociopath. He even believes his own lies. He's erratic. A new idea every minute. A classic case.

    January 26, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. PM Ohio

    The first question from the next debate shold be: " Why did you lie about the ABC interview with your 1st wife, when it was brought up in the last debate?"

    January 26, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Paul1st

    Will any of Newt's fellow candidates raise a point in the next debate about whether Newt shoots from the hip and asks questions later handling of the truth would play if Newt is President?

    January 26, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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