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Newt takes no-adultery pledge
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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 ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: adultery; doma; gingrich; homosexualagenda; newt; newt2012; noadultery; noadulterypledge; pledge
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Really?
1 posted on 12/12/2011 11:33:21 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver; All

Do you think this will work as well as the Grover Norquist Tax Pledge?


2 posted on 12/12/2011 11:37:47 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Sub-Driver

Didn’t he do that at least 3 other times?


3 posted on 12/12/2011 11:38:18 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I won’t even say anything. There are too many people who suddenly believe Gingrich is a conservative and a saint.


4 posted on 12/12/2011 11:38:19 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Sub-Driver

I think the horse already left the barn on this one ... about 30 years ago.


5 posted on 12/12/2011 11:39:03 AM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: Sub-Driver

Considering his age and the shape he’s in, was the pledge really necessary?


6 posted on 12/12/2011 11:39:40 AM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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!


7 posted on 12/12/2011 11:40:29 AM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: Sub-Driver

If he wouldn’t keep his vow to his Creator, should we believe that he’d keep his vow to the voters?


8 posted on 12/12/2011 11:40:40 AM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (Never mind.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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?


9 posted on 12/12/2011 11:43:14 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Sub-Driver

“Read my lips! No....Newt....asses!”


10 posted on 12/12/2011 11:45:01 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: driftdiver
Didn’t he do that at least 3 other times?

Good one! Is anyone else as tired of these asinine pledges as I am? And this one is the most asinine of all.

11 posted on 12/12/2011 11:45:44 AM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The adultery is what it is; for Newt's sake I hope he's sincerely repented and done everything in his power to make amends with his ex-wives. That's not for me to judge.

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.

12 posted on 12/12/2011 11:45:49 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Sub-Driver
Misleading Headline Alert?

I don't see adultery mentioned anywhere in his letter.

13 posted on 12/12/2011 11:46:51 AM PST by McGruff (Hold the House, retake the Senate.)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

Hell yeah!
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!


14 posted on 12/12/2011 11:47:31 AM PST by Notwithstanding (1998 ACU ratings: Newt=100%, Paul=88%, Santorum=84% [the last year all were in Congress])
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To: Sub-Driver

In related headlines, Mitt took a no polygamy pledge, but refused to take a no polytheism pledge.


15 posted on 12/12/2011 11:48:16 AM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (You know, 99.99999965% of the lawyers give all of them a bad name)
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To: jdsteel

I would not believe Clinton if he were to take the pledge. But I’m with you about Newt.


16 posted on 12/12/2011 11:48:37 AM PST by OwenKellogg
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To: Sub-Driver
Is he going cold turkey or is he planning to just gradually wean himself off adultery....
17 posted on 12/12/2011 11:48:50 AM PST by apillar
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To: Sub-Driver

“Read my lips ... no new lips!”


19 posted on 12/12/2011 11:50:36 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: Sub-Driver

This pledge by Newt should bring about a new round of mass amnesia by conservatives around here.


20 posted on 12/12/2011 11:53:09 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: McGruff

In the letter, Newt pledged “personal fidelity to my spouse”.

For those in Rio Linda, that means “no adultery” (except for Mormon polygamists).


21 posted on 12/12/2011 11:53:09 AM PST by Notwithstanding (1998 ACU ratings: Newt=100%, Paul=88%, Santorum=84% [the last year all were in Congress])
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To: Sub-Driver

He didn’t honor his pledge 2 other times, why would anyone think he would honor this one.

But, for a golden oldie see:

During April 1980, Newt and Jackie separated. They divorced in February 1981.
“The most notorious incident in Gingrich’s marriage ... was when he cornered Jackie in her hospital room where she was recovering from uterine cancer surgery and insisted on discussing the terms of the divorce he was seeking. Shortly after that infamous encounter, Gingrich refused to pay his alimony and child-support payments. The First Baptist Church in his hometown had to take up a collection to support the family Gingrich had deserted. Six months after divorcing Jackie, Gingrich married a younger woman, Marianne, with whom he had been having an affair.”
Source: Stephen Talbot. “Newt’s Glass House.” Salon.com. 8/28/1998.


22 posted on 12/12/2011 11:53:59 AM PST by marty60
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To: CaptainK

LOL!


23 posted on 12/12/2011 11:54:00 AM PST by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: jdsteel

I tend to agree with you. I think he may have had a genuine turn-around with God. I also have noticed that he frequently takes the opportunity to drive home the message that our rights come from God and not from the state. Santorum and Bachmann have doe the same, but Gingrich has the numbers right now.

For those who are opining that the new rules for this year might allow a dark-horse entry early next year...I can only say that... I have never heard any of those possible candidates proposed by the same pundits repeatedly emphasizing that message. I can’t honestly say that I’ve heard any of them talk about it at all. They may have....but I am unaware of it.

I want a presidential candidate who understand the the economy is NOT the main goal....but rather a restoration of the country from top to bottom, a country of good people who seek God and His Wisdom.


24 posted on 12/12/2011 11:54:23 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: nickcarraway
I won’t even say anything.

A blessed event.

25 posted on 12/12/2011 11:55:59 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (To Obama, bipartisanship is giving the opposition the opportunity to do as they are told. (WGensert))
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To: Sub-Driver

Personally, I think all these ‘pledges’ are STUPID.


26 posted on 12/12/2011 11:56:25 AM PST by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative; Sub-Driver
If he wouldn’t keep his vow to his Creator, should we believe that he’d keep his vow to the voters?

Irrelevant. His creator kept his promise to Newt. He died for his sin and in accepting that gift, Newt became justified in the eyes of God Almighty. That's enough for me. As the Bible passage goes: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Do you really want to go there? Everybody is fallible. Everybody has feet of clay. I'm a Calvinist, so I believe in the doctrine of universal and radical depravity of man. Even Christians sin. In my personal salvation, I did my part. I sinned. Jesus did his part, he gave his life for that sin. On that basis, I'm going to cut Newt a huge break on this topic. Remember, if you even think of the sin, it's the same as doing it. So which of you is blameless?

27 posted on 12/12/2011 11:56:30 AM PST by ExSoldier ("Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil: It has no point.")
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To: Sub-Driver

Newt is a sneaky devil...
My emphasis is NOT on sneaky,..


28 posted on 12/12/2011 11:57:06 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Newt takes no-adultery pledge”

Well that’s worth what we paid for it.


29 posted on 12/12/2011 11:57:23 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Sub-Driver

flip flop...i mean evolving


30 posted on 12/12/2011 11:57:33 AM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: driftdiver
Didn’t he do that at least 3 other times?

Yes, he did. And thus far he has broken that pledge twice.

31 posted on 12/12/2011 11:57:46 AM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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To: Sub-Driver
I hope for the sake of him and his family, he's going to stick to that pledge. God forgives. That doesn't mean he's presidential material.

He wants the vote of the shareholders aka voters of USA to obtain a job as CEO, and wants me to trust his judgment. As one of the individuals who has a say in making that decision, I have to take his entire record in consideration in making that decision. Can I trust him? In most elections, I wouldn't vote for him. Luckily for Newt, he has other people interviewing that I can not support. However, I'm not on the Newt bandwagon at this time.

32 posted on 12/12/2011 11:58:55 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Anybody but Romney or Obama)
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To: K-oneTexas

Maybe Newt’s schlong has now shrunk to the point of no return?


33 posted on 12/12/2011 11:58:56 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Newt takes no-adultery pledge

This Time For SURE!

34 posted on 12/12/2011 12:01:17 PM PST by BatMite
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To: Sub-Driver

When did my party start bowing to the bob van plaats of the world


35 posted on 12/12/2011 12:01:25 PM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: Notwithstanding

I agree with you.


36 posted on 12/12/2011 12:01:26 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Sub-Driver

When did my party start bowing to the bob van plaats of the world


37 posted on 12/12/2011 12:01:36 PM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: Notwithstanding

No s/ needed...

So true, the perfect Christian PLEASE throw the first stone!

Of Course OUR transgressions are covered by God’s Grace...

Which gives us the “right” to judge/condemn.....

ahhhhhh r i g h t ?

;)


38 posted on 12/12/2011 12:01:49 PM PST by ConfidentConservative (I think, therefore I am conservative.)
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To: Notwithstanding

Repentance requires an admission of the Sin and to ask forgiveness from the person wronged.

If Newt were not running for the highest office in the U.S it would be none of my business.

However he has decided to place himself under public scrutiny, and we do deserve an answer on this one, doncha think.


39 posted on 12/12/2011 12:02:38 PM PST by marty60
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To: LuvFreeRepublic

I pledge never to say stupid.....


40 posted on 12/12/2011 12:03:59 PM PST by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: Notwithstanding

BTW you do know that Newt supposedly converted to Catholicism right?


41 posted on 12/12/2011 12:04:09 PM PST by marty60
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To: ExSoldier

Amen!


42 posted on 12/12/2011 12:04:32 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Sub-Driver

I want Newt (and the other candidates) to vow that he won’t do a Viagra commercial like Bob Dole’s if they lose.


43 posted on 12/12/2011 12:06:26 PM PST by MichaelNewton
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To: Sub-Driver
The only pledge he and others should be signing is the uphold the constitution pledge! The other "pledges" are potential traps, more likely to hurt than help.
44 posted on 12/12/2011 12:07:19 PM PST by cicero2k
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To: ExSoldier

Has Newt given testimony that he has accepted Christ as Lord and Personal Savior?

If so, that is news to me. Because if he understood the true meaning of salvation (Eph 2:8-9) why would he join the Roman Catholic Church? Some Roman Catholics who understand the true meaning of salvation sometimes do remain in the Church, but not many of them because many teachings of the RCC and the Bible are in contradiction. Especially the doctrine of salvation.

http://www.ourlittleplace.com/testimony.html
(One woman’s story of conversion from RCC upon learning the real Gospel)


45 posted on 12/12/2011 12:07:42 PM PST by parksstp (Articulate Conservatives look for Converts. RINO's look for Democrat Heretics.)
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To: CaptainK

He could pledge to give up Viagra.


46 posted on 12/12/2011 12:08:07 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: nickcarraway

Yes, some people here have changed the name to newt idol. Grape drinking.


47 posted on 12/12/2011 12:08:52 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters)
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To: marty60

His own daughter says he has really changed. She ought to know.

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2819132/posts


48 posted on 12/12/2011 12:09:12 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: ExSoldier

GREAT POST,

I just hope and Pray some here will read it and receive it as the truth that it is.

I THANK GOD for HIS grace everyday.


49 posted on 12/12/2011 12:09:29 PM PST by ConfidentConservative (I think, therefore I am conservative.)
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To: McGruff
I don't see adultery mentioned anywhere in his letter.

Good point.... although there is some connection between infidelity and adultery, they are not synonyms. Amongst other things, if a spouse refuses to have sex with the one he or she is married to, that also is an act of infidelity.

50 posted on 12/12/2011 12:09:29 PM PST by hecticskeptic
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