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Ex-Wife Says Newt Gingrich Wanted 'Open' Marriage, Lacks Moral Character to be President: VIDEO


Marianne Gingrich speaks out in an interview with Brian Ross airing on tonight's Nightline:

Newt Gingrich lacks the moral character to serve as President, his second ex-wife Marianne told ABC News, saying his campaign positions on the sanctity of marriage and the importance of family values do not square with what she saw during their 18 years of marriage.

In her first television interview since the 1999 divorce, to be broadcast tonight on Nightline, Marianne Gingrich, a self-described conservative Republican, said she is coming forward now so voters can know what she knows about Gingrich.

In her most provocative comments, the ex-Mrs. Gingrich said Newt sought an "open marriage" arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife.


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  1. But the joke was on her in the end, because he got several wives and several mistresses!

    Posted by: JWL | Jan 19, 2012 12:00:11 PM

  2. Those "conservatives" and their "values". The first divorced president was a republican. The first president that was a recovering alcoholic and drug addict was a republican. The republicans talk a good line on marriage, family and vice, but their actions say different.

    Posted by: Oliver | Jan 19, 2012 12:02:05 PM

  3. not new info so won't hurt those already for Newt

    may slow some of the newtmentum

    But then again romney's great grandfather had 5 wives at same time so....

    Posted by: say what | Jan 19, 2012 12:04:27 PM

  4. would have been better if she said anal sex

    Posted by: tom | Jan 19, 2012 12:11:19 PM

  5. @TOM

    >spew take<

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 19, 2012 12:21:36 PM

  6. This is the same guy who was trying to impeach Clinton at the same time he was having his own affair. Typical RePug: "don't do as I do, do as I say"!

    Posted by: chuck | Jan 19, 2012 12:33:14 PM

  7. So by "traditional marriage:" Newt means going back to the time when wives were property, and men went off and slept with whomever they wished.

    Posted by: George | Jan 19, 2012 12:42:17 PM

  8. At least he gave her the option of sticking around in an open relationship...

    Posted by: David in NYC | Jan 19, 2012 12:53:08 PM

  9. As if being president of the US required a "moral character".

    Posted by: Kamikapse | Jan 19, 2012 12:54:46 PM

  10. My favorite thing about this is that the Clintons worked out their differences, and are still (happily?) married. Meanwhile, Gingrich's own affair, carried on while trying to depose a sitting President, will be the final nail in the coffin of his outsized ambition.

    Posted by: BABH | Jan 19, 2012 12:59:10 PM

  11. The fact that Newt has so many options disturbs me more than anything, I think. The man is the opposite of charming.

    Posted by: Top to Bottom | Jan 19, 2012 1:06:27 PM

  12. Newtie's a Mormon at heart.


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 19, 2012 1:16:52 PM

  13. the sad side is this - this reality doesn't bother your average anti-gay bigot. it's only "bad" if gay stuff is involved.

    someone needs to ask Rick Santorum if his wife performs oral sex on him. and if so, where in the bible does it state that women can suck men's cocks but men can't suck other men's cocks.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 19, 2012 1:22:55 PM

  14. @Top to Bottom: I'm with you on this. Who are these women who want to be with Newt? I guess it's the power thing? Hmmm.

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jan 19, 2012 1:23:21 PM

  15. No sympathy for this lady, as she was the one Newt was cheating with during his FIRST marriage, the woman with cancer whom he later left for Marianne. Newt is a philanderer, damaged goods. But she knew that going into that relationship.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jan 19, 2012 1:33:01 PM

  16. "the sad side is this - this reality doesn't bother your average anti-gay bigot. it's only "bad" if gay stuff is involved."

    Kiwi, I can't speak for other socons, but I can assure you that it certainly bothers ME that Gingrich is a serial adulterer with an ego the size of Mount Rush(Limbaugh?)More. I find it unbelievable that the Republican voters of South Carolina would vote for this man over Rick Santorum. They are making laughingstocks out of themselves - who can take their concern for "morality" seriously now? They deserve all that liberals throw at them and more.

    And I spent years defending Southerners against all the stereotypes served up about them. Truthfully, I'm read to go personally to South Carolina and restart the civil war over this. There's no reason why "Frothy" should not be their choice. He was endorsed by a confab of 150 evangelical ministers. Apparently Republicans are still infected with "the Palin curse" - a willingness to surrender all political dignity in the service of a candidate they think is "one of their own."

    By the way, you often use the term "werk." What does this mean? Is it a variation on the term "work?" Just curious.

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 19, 2012 1:48:01 PM

  17. file this in the same folder as "Traditional Marriage "defenders" who cheat on their wives" , ie the men who signed DOMA into action.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 19, 2012 2:00:11 PM

  18. The more the hypocrisy by the republicans is exposed the weaker the argument against same-sex marriage becomes and all of the other equally weak excuses they use to deny us our rights. The GOP doesn't stand for family values. It NEVER has and NEVER will. They're nothing but a bunch of psychopathic liars and users. They'd do anything for money and power even if it means lying and cheating, not that there aren't some democrats who aren't just like them. But they (GOP) surely has the edge on hypocrisy and bigotry.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Jan 19, 2012 2:07:27 PM

  19. So, does Newt have an open marriage with Callista? I assume someone will ask that soon.

    Dan Savage has said that requesting an open marriage after you are already screwing around makes you a CPOS.

    Posted by: Charlie | Jan 19, 2012 2:19:54 PM

  20. You may like my video about Newt's three marriages at
    There are chickens in it. Everybody loves chickens!
    It also ends with a splash of Santorum!

    Posted by: SFHarry | Jan 19, 2012 2:26:52 PM

  21. More republican hypocrisy? Shock!!

    Awfully european for a republican...

    Posted by: r | Jan 19, 2012 2:33:49 PM

  22. I thought open relationships were par for the course for gay men.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 19, 2012 3:18:50 PM

  23. it's the same selective hypocrisy in which anti-gay straight males LOVE lesbian porn, and receiving blowjobs from women.

    blowjobs, of course, not being part of "God's Reproductive Plan."

    you know, the same way the GOP wants bible-based "social laws" but not bible-based FISCAL laws.

    Hey, GOP - the story of sodom was about the hoarding of wealth and the refusal to share it with those who were less well-off. keep ignoring that reality, too.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 19, 2012 3:26:02 PM

  24. oh poor "daddy-doesn't-love-me Jason"

    hey plebe, lemme break it down: a pious hypocritical man who condemns other relationships while himself breaking his own supposed claims to morality is the issue.

    just like the anti-gay bigots who get caught smoking pole in airport bathrooms - the issue is the hypocrisy. which you refuse to see. which is the reason your dad doesn't love you. it's not because you're gay, but because you're such a stupid wimp about it.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 19, 2012 3:35:10 PM

  25. LIttle Kiwi,

    Well, I agree with you on the hypocrisy of straight guys who morally oppose homosexuality but then stock their DVD shelves with porn movies featuring homosexual activity between women. It's a classic case of hypocrisy, that one.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 19, 2012 3:35:17 PM

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