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. tluv00

    As I have said multiple times his only defense is "You are a liar" and never has any proof. Of course his own daughters are going to back him above their former step mother.

    January 26, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Emperor Vadik, CA

    there is a difference between a mistake and a LIE

    January 26, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. bill dacis

    With Clinton and Obama, and the public is worried about finding an honest politician...

    January 26, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Richard

    People should start calling the republicans the party of the "DoubleSpeak". George Orwell coined the right term for the republicans. "Doublespeak–a lie is the truth and the truth is a lie." You can see it in almost every sentence that comes out of their mouth. Romney–the president is dividing the country (lie), (truth) the republicans are dividing the country. I could go on, but maybe other people can come up with some good lies, that the republicans try to turn into the truth.

    January 26, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. David

    This guy is a serial liar and a serial philanderer... not to mention a bellicose gasbag...

    January 26, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. DoneBroke

    Wow- what a liar. If he had the names of the people he was going to trot out in his defense, he had the right there. But no, I'll check with my people. Aren't you the one to supply the names of the people? What a slim ball.

    January 26, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. jim

    Tonight's first debate question: How do you justify your aggressive prosecution of impeachment proceedings against President Clinton when you were Speaker of the House, married, and having an affair with another woman? Or, maybe: If the media had the obligation to report on President Clinton's improper conduct, isn't it proper for that same media to report on your improper extra-marital conduct?

    January 26, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. The Awful Truth

    Let's make a list of everyone who lies through their teeth – every day – to the American People: Everyone in Congress, our Teleprompter in Chief, Mitt Romney, AG Eric Holder, Treasury Sec. Tim Geitner, Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John Boehner, Newt Gingrich...the list just goes on and on with no end...NEWS FLASH: ALL POLITICIANS LIE...how is this even news nowadays?

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

    Breaking News: Newt claims his pants are on fire, blames Romney..

    January 26, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Poster Boy

    This goes right along with the "it doesn't matter what I do, all that matters is what I say" allegation by his ex-wife. Really makes me believe what she said is true.

    He knows he's good at talking and thinks he can talk himself into an alternate reality. He has no moral compass.

    January 26, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Eric M

    The only reason Newt is doing so well in the primary elections is because CNN has shown polls that he could not win against Obama. The Dems are all going out to vote for this clown so they can get another 4 years.

    January 26, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. david

    How does a habitual liar cover his lies? Blame them on their support staff making a "mistake" has always works for the GOP.

    January 26, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. JS

    Sometimes, motivated by his love for this country, Newt says things he shouldn't have. For that I'm sure he's profoundly sorry, and he has asked forgiveness and made amends.

    Either that, or it's the liberal media's fault.

    January 26, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    So Newt is a liar – I'm shocked – shocked. Who would have thought a God forgiven serial adulterer like Newt would lie about about something like that.

    January 26, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Rika33

    So Newt is a liar – I'm shocked – shocked. Who would have thought a God forgiven serial adulterer like Newt would lie about about something like that.

    January 26, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Woody

    If this goofy truth twisting liar is the best that the GOP has to offer then I hope Newt wins the campaign and the presidency. He is exactly what this country needs to finish what GW Bush srarted. To use Newt's own words ... ARMAGEDDON! God help us. You'll see B-Shelters poping up in every neighborhood.

    January 26, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. logicnLA

    Another Newt error? SHOCKED I say! SHOCKED!

    January 26, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Uthor

    Gingrich really does have problems with reality and truth and the accurate recall of past events. Boy, that must be a problem for a "historian."

    January 26, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. hecep

    Newt didn't lie. He simply "mispoke". (Everyone: Remember this if you ever get into politics.)

    January 26, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. scmom

    And he said that Nancy Pelosi lives in fantasy land. Anybody that thinks like him and his moon colony idea. This man is very dangerous and scary.

    January 26, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Steve

    you can only lie to yourself so Newt must really hate himself to be able to not only lie to himself but to believe the very lie he is telling

    January 26, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. David in FL

    Newt.. 'ooops' ... newt you called Romney a moderate, then you said he was liberal to moderate, now you're saying he's just liberal by republican standards.. which is it? And isn't that your one play in the playbook? accuse someone of being a liberal and then sacrifice them before the public? Interestingly enough Mr. Historian, did you know Jesus was considered a 'liberal' ?

    January 26, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Will

    It was no mistake. It was just a big fat LIE.

    January 26, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. scmom

    And by the way don't mention Newt and President Obama's name in the same sentence when you are talking about lying and family values. Some people may not think the President is some things but he is no where near as terrible as Newt.

    January 26, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Will

    Gingrich need to apologize to John King on National tv during thr debate

    January 26, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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