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. AJ

    All the Newts that's fit to print.....At some point, this comes under the category of "dog bites man" news. Newt seems to say something self-serving and nasty and untrue, almost every day. When Newt actually says something that turns out to be true, that will be newsworthy

    January 26, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. LD

    Oooops, I did it again....

    January 26, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. kola

    John King you have a duty to hold Newt accountable on this because he made a mess of you at the debate. He made you look ridiculous. It seems you handed him a life line when he was drowning. To Americans and the rest of the world, you have to undo what you made. Remember the Iraq WMD issue? Same lying that turned out to cost the American Tax Payer billions of dollars and people's life. I bet Americans don't want someone that will lead them into another ....

    January 26, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. martin weiss

    Newt is just a self-serving clown who know that stirring the waters gets voters riled up and his camp. While it might be fun to see him debate Obama the worry is that if he actually became president he'd just be another narcissistic president and could cause long term harm to the conservative brand. I can't vote for this guy.

    January 26, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Jae

    He should just say what mitt says all the time IT WAS TRU THEN!!! They r all trying to act presidential. REMEMBER "WERE GONNA SMOKE'M OUT"!!! Who said that? Oh thats rite, THAT OBAMA GUY SAID THAT RITE?

    January 26, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. no newt gingrich

    i'm sorry but as a conservative woman, i'm outraged that CNN doesn't have this article as a headline article. it's a BIG DEAL that newt lied about his ex-wife's account. he mad a big deal denying it at the debate, and cnn should make it widely known that all that smoke was a lie. and yet, it's in small type on the side of the page. where is the outrage? and to think that my conservative friends in south carolina voted for him to win. they don't know the truth, and putting this headline on the side is a miscarriage of justice for the american readers. how you treat your wife matters to republicans. how you handle difficult situations matters, not your tax return. if you treat your wife like dirt, then nothing else you say is worth listening to. if you agree, befriend the conservative "no newt gingrich" page on the website. it's the only conservative focussed page on facebook that has no picture on it (because i'm not graphic-design-gifted). but i can't sit by and watch newt win another republican primary.

    January 26, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. JohnT

    Newt Lies again! hahahaha Romney 2012!!!

    January 26, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. no newt gingrich

    no newt gingrich page on facebook with ? as the photo. like it and share with your conservative friends. dems and independents should also "kindly" share it with your conservative friends. let's unite and stop newt from letting gingrich in the white house. i don't care who else you vote for, but don't vote for newt!

    January 26, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. JohnRJ08

    The man makes everybody associated with him a liar at one time or another.

    January 26, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Matthew

    Like he would really tell his friends that he wants to swing. Swinging is not something people bring up at dinner with friends. I also highly doubt he would tell his daughters he wanted to swing. Again, not something daughters want or need to know.

    January 26, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. no newt gingrich

    when i see callista, i see the "other woman." i don't want a mistress as the first lady of the united states. don't vote for newt. befriend the "no newt gingrich" facebook page with the question mark as the graphic. if you have a graphic i can use, feel free to post to the facebook page. thanks.

    January 26, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. keeth

    It wasn't an error, it was a lie.

    January 26, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. LouieD

    If Newt's supporters are intellectually honest, they now have to ask themselves, "If he lied about this, is it possible he lied about other things?"

    Because most people know he has, time and again.

    The fact that this guy is even a contender for GOP candidate just proves 3 things:

    1) He has a big ego.
    2) He knows no shame. And
    3) Common sense is even MORE lacking in certain conservatives than others.

    January 26, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Ramon

    I heard a comment today, about one candidate aiming at hispanics because as he said, They tend to vote democrat. Wel Mr. Candidate Sir, Todays hispanic voters, are very intelligent and not all hispanics are democrats.. Years ago they use to brainwash people of very low or none education and they fell for it, today they study the candidates platform, listen to them and make every effort to learn about the candidate, last election spoke for itself and voters are wiser. they will not make the same mistake. Needless to say that they are still trying to win people over with their theories of what they are going to do, but one must remember that there is a: House of representatives, a Senate and a Congress and all theories must pass thru these house for vote. Yes the President thas veto powers and sometimes usess his own power to overide the three branches but it always doesn't go well with voters, as it shows that he has no support.

    January 26, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. SIkeli

    Newt can claim the left wing media is out to get him, but I have no doubt they want him to get the nomination. They gave him South Carolina by asking the open marriage question at the debate and made him look like such a victim. These are media experts who know and are trained on how to influence people through media. They played their game very well and no one is calling them on it. They know Newt can't beat Obama and they want him nominated to insure 4 more years of what we got now.

    January 26, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Judas

    Since there won’t be any ground rules for the audience to follow, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this timely admission is just a calculated effort by Gingrich and his campaign staff to bait the moderator to broach the subject again so this calculating, petulant old emperor-in-waiting can once again perform for his base of intellectually impaired knuckle-draggers. Nothing gets them going more than an overgrown adolescent raging against the liberal “elites”, the “elite” media and the “elite” establishment Republicans that are all “out to get him”. And isn’t it interesting that a person, who believes he’s intellectually superior to the rest of us, has a $500,000 line of credit at Tiffany’s, and has millions of dollars in the bank -– is always so ‘liberal’ about throwing around the word “elite”? By definition, Gingrich is full-fledged card carrying member of the “elite” class. I wish somebody would have the courage to throw this back in face the next time he starts ranting.

    January 26, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. REALLY?

    Folks this is the M.O. of a narcissist. The rules DO NOT apply to them. Lies roll off their tongue, and if they say the sky is green, no matter what you say they will stick to the lie...and in some cases make their prey (his 3 wives, interns, supporters, anyone who shows any weakness they will prey on in order to get narcissistic supply) believe they are crazy for KNOWING the sky is blue. He is incapable of telling the truth. I wish reporters would do some reading on narcissistic personality disorder and learn how to go back at him. His behavior is such classic NPD behavior and is completely predictable. It is fascinating to watch this if you know anything about this disorder....you can totally predict his behavior...what is incredibly scary is that people who are unaware get sucked into the idea that he is the victim in all of this.

    January 26, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. johnny popper

    Please post an article listing the hundreds of campaign promises the President made the months leading up to the election if you want "errors".

    No more pork in Washington under my administration.
    No bill will be passed without me having gone over it line item by line item.
    My administration will get our fiscal house in order.
    I never spent significant time with the likes of Bill Ayers.
    I really never truly listened in the 20 years I sat in church listening to America's biggest racist pastor.
    My wife earned every dollar of the 316,000 she earned from her job at the county.
    I absolutely did not know the home we were buying from our campaign fund raiser was priced a half a million dollars under market and if I did, the "gift" would in no way have ever bought any type of influence in my administration.

    January 26, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Tom

    The only real choice is Ron Paul.

    Mr. Gingrich simply has superior improvisation skill. He takes his subject matter from the attacks against him and spins it into a false positive. His greatest allies are ignorance and apathy. He sees Floridians in the same light as voters of South Carolina and that's someone he can use and then discard.

    Which of his stories will you fall for next?

    Vote Ron Paul.

    January 26, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Pete/Ark

    Don't blame the staff...they only follow the example of thier leader...and that over-the-hill reptile is INCAPABLE of telling the truth.

    January 26, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. David in FL

    Ugly Pauper

    Does a Fib Newton which is the favorite cookie of the Tea Party, go well with all kinds of baloney or the "just plain" kind?

    January 26, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. SoSad

    American Indians use to say "White man speak with fork tongue". Of course they were talking about Gingrich!

    January 26, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Batman

    Accuracy? Truth? Irrelevant. This is POLITICS.

    I hope old Newt does get the nomination, and wins the election. I'll move to Switzerland and we'll both be happy. Then, when he gets Moon Base Alpha constructed and goes there to become Emperor of the Moon, I can come back here and visit sometimes.

    January 26, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Wilma

    I like that they are covering this, but really. Here's a new flash! Republican's don't care about facts! This will not matter to them one bit!

    January 26, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. nena

    What a fool, what a slime, what a lier! And he comes off as being so Angry, just a front. He wants Republicans to think that he's so angry at the state of our country and that he understands their anger, too. The man is a complete dumb-–
    And his dumb republican followers encourage this type of behavior. He should be immediately asked to resign. Enough of this show. He is a disgrace to mankind.

    January 26, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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