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. DTRT

    Newt lied, but let's see how many of Obama's promises that he made in his stump/state of the union speech Tuesday become reality (he's told half-truths and lies in the past). Let's see if his die-hard supporters call him a liar and phony once these promises fade away - odds are you won't? He'll turn the blame on a do-nothing congress of Republicans (mind you, nothing was done before the Republicans took control of the House, anyways). You think he cares about you, seriously? He'll say anything to win, and he knows what blue-collars and liberals want to hear. As soon as that speech ends he goes home and laughs with mobama. He's just as big a charlatan as Newt - he would have kept going for hours about what he "promises" to do if the networks didn't put a time cap on the SOTU.

    January 26, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Mike Botwin

    It won't matter to most Republican voters that Gingrich is a serial liar, adulterer, etc... Their hatred of Obama is so fervent that they would put Hitler in the White House if they could.

    January 26, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. seeseehpounder

    ummmm....more importantly how would his daughters from his first marriage know if he asked his wife from his second marriage for an open marriage. Stupid biased media with their crazy liberal gotcha questions....

    January 26, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. signalfire

    During the debate, he didn't hesitate to say that his friends knew that what Marianne was alleging was a lie.

    First mistake: How could his 'friends' have known the contents of a private phone conversation? If indeed his 'friends' knew that he was in the midst of a 6 year long affair with Callista before this phone conversation took place, why didn't any of them say something to Marianne?

    Now, a week and a half later, Newt says he has to talk to his campaign manager 'who has been briefing him' on this subject. Turns out the campaign manager says there was no offer to ABC news of character witnesses for poor Newtie. See the problem? First he lies, then he says he has to consult with his manager, then the manager ends up being the one somehow in the wrong. Either Newt didn't discuss the 'character witness' subject with his manager before the debate, or he just makes things up on the fly, figuring a week later if the subject is pursued, nowhere near the amount of people will see the correction.

    Sorry Mr. Lizard, we're on to you and the people following your campaign are salivating at every bit of red meat you throw their way in the way of lies.

    January 26, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Me 3

    Gingrich is the ultimate example of: The end justifies the means. He thinks he deserves to be president, so he will lie if hat is waht it takes to get the nomination He wants a new wife, so he will cheat. It is all about Newt. I guarantee he does not care a thing about the country.

    January 26, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Melo-D

    Gingrich already got out what he wanted to, the GOP minions have already ate and digested it and no retraction will make any difference to them. They believe what they want to. Gingrich is a disgusting liar nothing will ever change that.

    January 26, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Bob

    This guy and Romney are the best the GOP can do to try to beat President Obama? They should forfeit now before they embarrass themselves further.

    January 26, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Roy Fort Myers

    Tax Loop hole.

    The employee Social Security rate for yr. 2010 was 4.2% with a limit of $106,800 or maximum payment limit of $4,485. With this payment limit, if employed, Newt Gingrich with income of $3.1M, he would have paid a tax rate of 0.14% and Mitt Romney with income of $21.6M he would have paid a tax rate of 0.02%. With the current legislation in Congress, would the candidates support removing the limits on the Social Security taxes?
    Please keep in mind the Social Security fund has been added to the general fund.

    January 26, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. A California Conservative

    Newt is a disgrace to conservatives. Conservative are for family values, honesty, and fiscal responsibility. Newt has none of those. It is people like this slime ball that give conservatives a bad name. What's really frightening is that there are people who would actually vote for Newt. If he becomes the Republican Party's presidential candidate, look for four more years of Obama. Most Americans, including the more centrist conservatives, will not vote for him. At one time I thought I would vote for anyone, as long as it wasn't Obama. If Newt is the man, I will not vote. Obama is a problem, but at least is predictable and has a grip on reality. I wouldn't vote for him, mind you, but I wouldn't vote for Newt, either.

    January 26, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Ben

    So he is a liar. Anyone surprised?

    January 26, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Wylie-Mike

    Are there any favorable campaign talking points that Newt has not cooped from others?

    January 26, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Church

    Newt will lie and twist the truth on any occasion. I am old enough to remember the mean and fearful tone of his leadership in the House with Tom "The Hammer" DeLay as his Majority Whip and how he went after Clinton to provide a smoke screen for his nefarious plans for a Contract ON America.

    January 26, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. lance corporal

    newt lying? noooooooooo, say it isn't so
    who's surprised? I love it when the campaign says inaccurate..... yeah he lied

    January 26, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. george of the jungle

    Gee how long does it take to figure out newt is a lying troll?

    January 26, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. TJeff1776

    The crux of the matter WAS- that Gingrich and daughters stated that Newt couldn't have had divorce papers served on his wife in her hospital bed BECAUSE his wife was the one that initiated the divorce. FALSE Newt and daughters FIBED. CNN investigators went to Carroll Co., GA. and, at first, the documents were missing. BUT the former Court Clerk had hidden them for fear of theft BUT revealed the location. Who filed for the divorce- the Grinch had. And listed in the documents was a plea by his wife being against the divorce in the first place. SO Newt, and daughter is caught in yet another lie. This was just three weeks ago when Newt is suppose to be such a repentant soul.

    January 26, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Lekwas

    The guy is the King of "Pious Baloney". He is a serial liar, who lies with a straight face all the time. And I think he is running out of food stamps. John king was so weak to let him get away with it; which is why as a journalist you should always research your topic thoroughly before you open your mouth.

    January 26, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  17. TRH

    "It is people like this slime ball that give conservatives a bad name."

    Oh, trust me.....there are MANY MANY more.

    January 26, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Nunya

    News flash! Another Republican politician lies!

    Story at 11 – Democrats do it too!

    January 26, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Mike

    Shouldn't be the first question but Newt should be asked about this. Maybe ask the audience to hold remarks then ask 'New' Gingrich to clarify his' inaccuracies'. I think it should be framed in a question about how can voters believe in the integrety of each candidate after it has been found the candidate said something untrue.

    January 26, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. Jon

    If he were any more dishonest he would be Casey Anthony.

    January 26, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. TJeff1776

    One thing about lying- ya always have to tell another, and another, to cover the last one up.

    January 26, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  22. Bob

    Hey Johnny P. – just for fun I checked out the Fox News website to see how they were handling this story since I thought you might like to also comment there. I failed to find anything about Mr. Gringrich and his escapade with Mr. King so I can see why you had to comment here. As I said, I may have missed it on Fox since Fox News is not my main source of news. However, it was kind of interesting how you rationaliized Mr. Gringrich's "error".

    January 26, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  23. JWnTX

    Let's get this straight–Newt's no bigger a liar than any of a hundred Democrats, including our current President. Further–the only source for his "asked for an open marriage" is from a woman who married him on his way up and then divorced him on his way down. Good God–I can only imagine the excuse-making and feigning of ignorance had Newt been a powerful Democrat. Please people–at least be consistent. It's embarrassing to see so much rank hypocrisy.

    January 26, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. ONTIME

    And this small bit of news is important how?

    January 26, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. Leigh2VA

    When are GOP candidates going to learn not to fabricate and make up things and expect it to fly? Unlike with liberals, he doesn't have a teflon coating. Well, maybe he is a liberal. Who knows with him? LOL Anyhow, he can't afford to put false statements out there. I imagine it's possible he thought his staff dealt with it, but it's still incumbent upon him to know what is going on in his campaign and with any allegations out there. He won't gain any ground with telling untruths. And his righteous indignation with John King won't be seen as so righteous given this new development - and perhaps not as stable as people originally thought.

    January 26, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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