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. ted

    Once a liar, always a liar, wonder if the folks in Florida are getting this, I mean are really GETTING this.

    January 26, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Edwin

    Gingrich knew what he was saying during the debate was a lie. He said it because the GOP hates the media, so it would garner maximum appeal. His retraction means absolutely nothing - the "GOP base" will remember this as a time when the media lied, even though that is not what happened - exactly as Gingrich intended.

    Carl Rove would be so proud of Gingrich's ability to twist lies and truth and make the public remember what you want them to.

    January 26, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. PM Ohio

    The fact that this liar was buddies with Tom Delay, says it all. Gingrich resigned in shame, with ethics violations all around him. He says that the $300,000 wasn't a "fine" but was repayment for the investigation. Well, if I hadn't done anything wrong, I certainly wouldn't pay someone $300,000...We know this guy enough now, to know he would fight to the political death, if someone accuses him of something he didn't do...so why did he pay the "fine" and then resign? Becasue he has no ethics and the rest of the Congress knew this...even his own party. He led an impeachment of Clinton, while cheating and doing the exact same thing...then he said it was because Clinton lied not because he cheated in the White House...now this liar wants to be President? Come on GOP, you can certainly do better than this ethically depraved liar.

    January 26, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. realist88

    So when did the words inaccurate and wrong replace the word – LIE?

    January 26, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Bubba Gump

    Newt is nothing more than a liar! He is doing all he can and think that Americans are stupid to vote for him. Maybe in South Carolina they are too guillible but the rest of America is not.

    January 26, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Nuwan

    A classic liar. He used that question to arouse emotions of many voters party to win SC. It was a tactic of immoral and unethical deception. And people fell for that gimmik. He did the same thing while he was in congress. He is man with deceptive practises, a self-serving politicians who only cares about himself. I can not imagin why anyone with right sense want this kind of guy to be our President. This kind of people will ruin this country. If this is how they behave now, imagine how they would govern this country. Just pathetic.

    January 26, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. felix

    The lie wasn't accidental, and served it's purpose. Most people will only hear what was said in the debate, and not the news a few days later that quietly says it was not true.

    January 26, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. McBain05

    Imagine that? Next thing you are gonna tell me is that he lied about not being a lobbyist for Frannie/Freddie

    January 26, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. bookworm

    Slimey Newt has a new tactic – when confronted by accusations, he won't respond during the debate. Instead,he says his rebuttal will be on his website the following day. Sure, when he has enough time to think of a good spin on the issues as well as knowing 3/4 of the people watching the debate won't check out his website. The man turns my stomach.

    January 26, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. kenny

    Newt "The Hoot" Gingrich is one "Spaced Out" Dude. He's been lying for so many years now, he can't even remember when he is lying. In fact he lies so much now he has no time for the truth and when he is caught in one of his lies, he shouts at the media. His position is and always be that "it is their fault". Never his fault.

    January 26, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. The Middle

    Since tonight's debate allows cheering and booing, don't be shocked it Newt plays it to his advantage. He'll say his manager was wrong, put out a few names to get him off the hook until the Florida votes come in. I hope the people if Florida doesn't buy his crap.

    January 26, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Orwell reborn

    Emperor Newt is above all this. To call him a lying politician is an insult, and you will be severely punished. Anything that is a lie, is not. Reality according to Newt is historical fact, sanctified by his holy mouth. Obey him and you will live.

    January 26, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. MT gal

    Newt also lied about abortions being paid for by the government, if anyone would check they would find it is against the law.

    January 26, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. JoseTheWrangler

    Yet another example of what he is: a classic sociopath, a man completely without a conscience who will say and do anything at all to get what he wants.

    January 26, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. seriously???

    If his parents are still alive I'm sure they'd admit that Newt was an error.

    January 26, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. sf

    watch..this is all part of his plan to get whomever's asking the questions at the debate in Florida to ask him this question so he can go on the attack to rile up votes...don't be fooled people...republicans, especially ones like Newt do not ever admit to any false statement, error or lie!

    January 26, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Kingrinch lying? Hey, it is what he does. No surprise, just another day at the orifice.

    January 26, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Ben Dover

    So, "Newt" is a liar. I'm so surprised. Lol. He's a tool. His lead looks like a block on granite on a fat body.

    January 26, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Big_D

    I guess the difference between Newt and Mitt is that Newt isn't as good at hiding his sociopath behavior.

    January 26, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. JTC

    Between this and his claim that execs at Freddie Mac wanted to make bad loans (which, if you know anything about the role of GSEs, has to be a lie- because Freddie does not make loans to borrowers), and the political coward that is Romney... I feel very, very bad for my Republican friends. They really don't have a useful canidate to offer up.

    January 26, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. My name is Jose Jimenez

    Too late, gingRICH got away with it when it mattered. No one is going to pay attention now. That is exactly how gingRICH operates because he knows the public will move on and he can continue with hid bald faced lies and get away with it.

    newt = a low life form frequenting cold, damp, dark places surrounded by rocks while avoiding sunlight.

    January 26, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. mb2010a

    Once a cheater, always a cheater...once a liar, always a liar. Buh bye, Newt...

    January 26, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. susan

    Didn't his 1'st wife say he would do anything to become President. He is NOT Presidential material. Period.

    January 26, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Chris

    CNN should ABSOLUTELY pose that question to him again. Maybe prefacing it in a question about whether compulsive LIARs should be voted to the highest office in the land.

    January 26, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Bob in Ohio

    Have been reading the comments posted about Mr. Gringrich's "mistake". And I am most amused (and at the same time, saddened) when reading comments from those individuals rationalizing Mr. Gringrich's actions as being overblown by the "liberal" press. Mr Gringrich is running for President of the United States of America and if he is lying (sorry, this is most definitely not an "error") about his actions on national television, what else is he lying about?.

    January 26, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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