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Posted on 12/12/2011 11:33:17 AM PST by Sub-Driver
Newt takes no-adultery pledge
By ALEXANDER BURNS | 12/12/11 1:09 PM EST
When the Iowa social conservative group The Family Leader unveiled a sweeping pledge on marriage and abortion over the summer, Newt Gingrich was one of the candidates who passed on signing it.
Now, Gingrich has answered the pledge with a lengthy written response, vowing to support a federal marriage amendment, reinstate the Mexico City policy -- and, per the stipulations of The Family Leader pledge, to be faithful to his wife:
I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others.
Gingrich's full response after the jump ...
To Bob Vander Plaats and the Executive Board of The FAMiLY LEADER:
I appreciate the opportunity to affirm my strong support of the mission of the FAMiLY LEADER by solemnly vowing to defend and strengthen the family through the following actions I would take as President of the United States.
Defending Marriage. As President, I will vigorously enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, which was enacted under my leadership as Speaker of the House, and ensure compliance with its provisions, especially in the military. I will also aggressively defend the constitutionality of DOMA in federal and state courts. I will support sending a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the states for ratification. I will also oppose any judicial, bureaucratic, or legislative effort to define marriage in any manner other than as between one man and one woman.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
Do you think this will work as well as the Grover Norquist Tax Pledge?
Didn’t he do that at least 3 other times?
I won’t even say anything. There are too many people who suddenly believe Gingrich is a conservative and a saint.
I think the horse already left the barn on this one ... about 30 years ago.
Considering his age and the shape he’s in, was the pledge really necessary?
I actually believe him. He will be raked over the coals for saying it, but I do believe him. My take is that he’s seen the fruits of infidelity and he’s not likely to go there again. Of course, that is JUST an opinion!
If he wouldn’t keep his vow to his Creator, should we believe that he’d keep his vow to the voters?
You have got to be sh!tting me! I guess we can all rest assured, safely with the knowledge that this pledge will have the same effect that Bill Clinton’s spritual counseling sessions with Jesse Jackson et al (of the religiously inclined wonks) after his inappropriate Oval Office BJs had, huh?
“Read my lips! No....Newt....asses!”
Good one! Is anyone else as tired of these asinine pledges as I am? And this one is the most asinine of all.
I am however, personally insulted that Newt would attempt to explain to me (the voter) that his indiscretions arose from his love of country:
"There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate"
To me it's really no different than, "I smoked but I didn't inhale," with the exception that Clinton didn't attempt to cloak his pot smoking with his patriotism. IMHO, Newt's "explanation," is an insult to the intelligence of everybody he hoped would buy it.
I don't see adultery mentioned anywhere in his letter.
Sinners need not apply!
Eff ‘em all (’specailly dem Kathlick mofos!)
Repenting is useless!
Screw the frikkin prodigal son - we’ve been perfect all along!
No one gets a second chance!
In related headlines, Mitt took a no polygamy pledge, but refused to take a no polytheism pledge.
I would not believe Clinton if he were to take the pledge. But I’m with you about Newt.
“Read my lips ... no new lips!”
This pledge by Newt should bring about a new round of mass amnesia by conservatives around here.