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Gingrich camp heads off ex-wife interview
Reuters ^ | January 18, 2012 | JoAnne Allen

Posted on 01/18/2012 9:15:51 PM PST by Red Steel

The Gingrich campaign launched a preemptive strike as news spread that ABC plans to broadcast a potentially damaging interview with Newt Gingrich’s second ex-wife on Thursday – just two days before Saturday’s crucial South Carolina primary.

Gingrich’s daughters (from his first marriage) Kathy Lubbers and Jackie Cushman came to their father’s defense in a letter released by his presidential campaign.

“The failure of a marriage is a terrible and emotional experience for everyone involved. Anyone who has had that experience understands it is a personal tragedy filled with regrets, and sometimes differing memories of events,” the daughters said in the letter addressed to ABC News Leadership.

“We will not say anything negative about our father’s ex-wife. He has said before, privately and publicly, that he regrets any pain he may have caused in the past to people he loves,” the letter said.

The daughters also said the former House Speaker intends to stay on message, suggesting one thing he will not be talking about in South Carolina is the ABC interview.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: gingrich; gingrichexwife; mariannegingrich; newt; ricksantorum
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To: Red Steel

This is all bullshit! Obama is the target. Can we remember that, please!


101 posted on 01/18/2012 10:17:56 PM PST by Havisham
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To: NKP_Vet

Sometimes a flawed soul steps forward to do the right thing. Question is will others support him... when weighed against the alternative? I would, but whether others feel the same? I could not imagine a conservative “KNOWINGLY” put Obama in for another term, but I’ve lived long enough to know that I haven’t seen nothin’ yet.


102 posted on 01/18/2012 10:17:56 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: FryingPan101

Dick Armey used to be my congressman. When he left congress to make money, he tried to get his retard son elected in his place, but Dr. Michael Burgess defeated this effort. My guess is that Gingrich stepped all over Armey’s ego many times. But Armey was probably right to say that as speaker Newt lacked focus.


103 posted on 01/18/2012 10:18:17 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: CainConservative

Youre hilarious! It must be all that city sophistication.


104 posted on 01/18/2012 10:19:06 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I begin to think that Perry wasn’t physically up to going on stage those first debates.


105 posted on 01/18/2012 10:20:56 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: BenKenobi
That's about what I see. Funny how many jumped on Cain over allegations but stood steadfast behind Newt. Of the three, I see Santorum as the last best choice, but Paul could upset the applecart in Virginia if the anti-Romney voters will hold their nose long enough to throw a monkey wrench into the Romney machine.

If enough people can vote against Romney, however, wherever, maybe we can end up with a brokered convention. Otherwise, it'll be two flavors of statists and bidness as usual in DC.

106 posted on 01/18/2012 10:21:32 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: RobbyS

I know he wasnt.


107 posted on 01/18/2012 10:22:49 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: txhurl

Field expedient hardhead! I like the way you think!


108 posted on 01/18/2012 10:23:10 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: altura

At least my candidates can speak in public without freezing up in the clutch.

Oops..

Perry (3%) has three more days until he’s back in Austin FOR GOOD.


109 posted on 01/18/2012 10:23:30 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: mylife

“I would argue that Perry was 2nd in response from the crowd, and I don’t understand how he is discounted out of hand.”

Perry continuously looks like a dumb-ass. A candidates position on the issues take a back seat to his abilty to forcefully communicate them.


110 posted on 01/18/2012 10:23:36 PM PST by REDWOOD99 ("Everyone should pay taxes. Everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: Hostage
A panel of common shareholders discovered that KMart’s real estate holdings had been severely almost by intention (wink) undervalued and they filed a motion with the court to order new appraisals. The court so ordered and the new appraisals showed net value over liabilities thereby enabling the common shareholders to have a seat at the table. The vultures in this case were similar to Bain in that they maneuvered to create a false image to the court in order to enrich themselves. But they lost....That’s vulturism.
thanks, good explanation of what happened...

111 posted on 01/18/2012 10:24:54 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, $pend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: mylife

Sanction would have sufficed.


112 posted on 01/18/2012 10:24:54 PM PST by des
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To: Smokin' Joe

I’m shocked as well. Cain was an innocent man, and rather then stand by him and rally around the cause, we’re supposed to get behind Newt?

Like you said, I see Santorum the same way. Folks have got to back the candidate that is closest to their beliefs and go from there. Otherwise we end up with Dole redux.


113 posted on 01/18/2012 10:25:29 PM PST by BenKenobi
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To: mylife

“Santorum flat out stinks as a candidate.”

Well, that may be true but he’s got FIVE TIMES the votes that Perry has in the south’s first primary.


114 posted on 01/18/2012 10:27:10 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: REDWOOD99

So why do the other candidates continually steal his lead?

And you all applaud like circus seals?


115 posted on 01/18/2012 10:27:26 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: CainConservative

Good luck with that.


116 posted on 01/18/2012 10:28:20 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: RobbyS

“Free enterprise? Like Enron never happened? Capitalism is not an ideology whose devotees are made pure through its practice and who every action must be defended. Businessmen can be crooks and shady operators, too.”

If they are crooks then they should be tried in a court of law. This is just a political attack on a company that affects everyone who works at Bain, not just Romney.


117 posted on 01/18/2012 10:30:15 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: katiedidit1

True, in the big scheme of things, conservatives really don’t give a ...care.


118 posted on 01/18/2012 10:30:24 PM PST by des
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To: mylife

Not a fan of Perry, but the plain fact is that he has done an outstanding job as governor. One thing I liked about his candidacy is that his strength as a politician is that he is a plugger. He doesn’t come across as a superman but as a competent politician.Not many of those around. He is centainly better than Bush.


119 posted on 01/18/2012 10:34:08 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: DesertRenegade

Shaddup


120 posted on 01/18/2012 10:34:32 PM PST by des
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To: CainConservative

You have issues.


121 posted on 01/18/2012 10:36:30 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: RobbyS

I await tomorrows debate.


122 posted on 01/18/2012 10:36:42 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Red Steel

Hmmmm....”second ex-wife “.

Wasn’t SHE a “Home-Wrecker”?

Go talk to Gloria All-red, madam...seems she has nothing to do, now that Herman Cain was lynched. She’ll listen to you when no one else will.


123 posted on 01/18/2012 10:37:09 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: mylife
"So why do the other candidates continually steal his lead?"

Michele Bachmann: Gardasil! Gardasil!
She's gone.

Herman Cain: 9 9 9! 9 9 9!
He's gone.

Huntsman: 你好 !
He's gone.

Sarah Palin: fire in my belly!
Never even tried.
124 posted on 01/18/2012 10:37:18 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: byteback

Santorum cannot defeat the OBIE... He is a rich field of attack opportunities for the lib media. I believe that Newt actually has a chance... in this case, his flaws may be in his favor.


125 posted on 01/18/2012 10:38:16 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: ari-freedom

lol


126 posted on 01/18/2012 10:38:40 PM PST by txhurl (EVERYONE is losing their virginity in this election. -Marty60)
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To: mylife

I thought the impeachment of Bill Clinton had to do with lying under oath?


127 posted on 01/18/2012 10:40:23 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: ari-freedom

Indeed.


128 posted on 01/18/2012 10:40:36 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: RobbyS

“. My guess is that Gingrich stepped all over Armey’s ego many times. But Armey was probably right to say that as speaker Newt lacked focus.”

I don’t know too much about it. There was so much going on when they were in charge of the House. It seemed we were really going places as far as reform. Then all hell broke loose with the Monica/Clinton situation which lasted forever. I guess there were some problems with Newt involving Bill Paxon too, whose wife came out with an ad today that was anti-Newt. Everything fell apart. Armey said in this interview, when asked if Newt was blackmailed by Clinton, that it was more like they just bonded because of their affairs. It’s hard to believe that we have vote to let any of these people control our lives but that’s the way it is. Some people envision using a fireman’s hose to cleanse DC but it wouldn’t change a thing. It’s Rome. It would be better if all government was just state and run like Texas.


129 posted on 01/18/2012 10:41:46 PM PST by FryingPan101 (Perry 2012)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued
>> Right. Explain “Contract With America” if Gingrich isn’t a conservative. <<

Alright. The "Contract With America" was a document written 18 years ago. It's primary author was Larry Hunter, with some additions from Robert Walker, Richard Armey, Bill Paxon, Tom DeLay, John Boehner, Jim Nussle, and Newt Gingrich (several of the aforementioned people -- especially Boehner -- who helped write The Contract With America are currently called "RINOs" by Newt's fans on FR, including false accusations that those "RINOs" were responsible for a "coup" that "removed" Gingrich in 1998)

Newt deserves due credit for at least being the most public advocate of the Contact With America 18 years ago, and his maneuvering was certainly a major reason why the GOP took control of Congress in Nov. '94. Unfortunately, little of the Contact was actually enacted into law and Gingrich alienated most of his conservative base after caving to Clinton, leaving office with lousy approval ratings when the GOP lost 3 more seats in '98.

Since that time, Newt has gotten even worse and done global warming "awareness" ads with Nancy Pelosi and "bipartisan education tours" with Al Sharpton. These are not the actions of a conservative (would YOU tour with Al Sharpton?)

Next question.

130 posted on 01/18/2012 10:41:55 PM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: RobinOfKingston

I don’t agree. Winston Churchill was a flawed man himself and I believe admitted so. All men and women are flawed. Such is the human condition. We have but to look at their actions married with their words... to have the inspiration to support(or not) the flawed humanity that seeks to lead us.


131 posted on 01/18/2012 10:45:06 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: susannah59
The daughters are the products of his first marriage. I don't know how much they know about the intimate details of Newt's relationship with their stepmother. It could be sexual, political, or something else.

I have said all along that Newt's personal baggage will come to the fore and so will the reprimand of him by the House, the first and only time that a sitting Speaker received some condemnation plus a financial penalty. The 137 page report from the Ethics committee will be fodder for Dem attacks should he get the nomination.

132 posted on 01/18/2012 10:45:55 PM PST by kabar
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To: BillyBoy

hmm
133 posted on 01/18/2012 10:49:42 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: ari-freedom

Newt says its over if he doesn’t win South Carolina:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57360913-503544/newt-gingrich-says-its-over-if-he-does-not-win-south-carolina/


134 posted on 01/18/2012 10:51:01 PM PST by Obama Exposer
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To: BillyBoy

(several of the aforementioned people — especially Boehner — who helped write The Contract With America are currently called “RINOs”

And for good reason. His actions against his own party’s platform confirm Bohner to be a RINO.

Are you saying his Dem sellouts are conservative?


135 posted on 01/18/2012 10:53:23 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: antceecee

But we’ve gone past that and abandoned that as a Nation, that the POTUS should be the Face of America. Reagan was the true last, then we got the Groin of America with the Krintons, then W tried to restore it, and now we have the Armpit of America.

Now we need a Junkyard Dog of America, a true rat-killer: hand-wringing about past fleas and ticks is pointless. End Mitt and End Zero, then we can get back to ethereals.


136 posted on 01/18/2012 10:55:13 PM PST by txhurl (EVERYONE is losing their virginity in this election. -Marty60)
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To: rwoodward
perfectly said! Newt is the architech of conservatism. I remember hearing his Renewing American Civilization on the radio years ago. His perceptive wisdom have made America a lot better already.
137 posted on 01/18/2012 10:55:25 PM PST by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: NKP_Vet
Newt Gingrich is the Winston Churchill of our time.

He just might be. He's looking more and more like the only one with the guts to speak out and take the fight right to the enemy.

He's sure showin' me something... and I like it.

138 posted on 01/18/2012 10:58:55 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: jonrick46

Newt praises Obama on stimulus and healthcare .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJaImGbEclI&feature=share


139 posted on 01/18/2012 10:58:59 PM PST by sushiman
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To: fatima

Newt cannot handle the Presidency and we should have the judgment to see that. I think a year ago there would have been a consensus of FReepers to agree on that. But since he is excellent at debating, it tricks us into thinking he should win. Presidenting ain’t debating.

We cannot trust Newt. I’d vote for him if I had to. But he will implode sooner or later. Later, as our President, is worse than now, when we can still have one of those Ricks.


140 posted on 01/18/2012 11:02:29 PM PST by Yaelle (moneybomb for Santorum: $1m by Sat! https://www.ricksantorum.com/)
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To: fatima

“Count me am out.”

Don’t let the door hit you in the.....


141 posted on 01/18/2012 11:03:35 PM PST by moonhawk (Romney tucks his tail and licks the hand that beats him. Newt rips it off at the shoulder.)
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To: All

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142 posted on 01/18/2012 11:05:11 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (I'm endorsing O'bama AND Romney as all my guys & gals don't make it very far. Go Barry! Go Mitt!)
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To: BillyBoy

Before Newt, nobody even imagined that the GOP could win the House. Reagan could win almost every state in the country and the House was still solidly dem.
The idea behind Contract was just to get these bills a hearing. The House wouldn’t even put these bills up for a vote before Newt. Nobody expected any of it to pass the Senate, let alone signed into law by a dem President!

The reason why I think Newt is a RINO is not because he is a self-identified moderate on most issues but like McCain, who was also conservative on many issues, he is sometimes for the wrong things but in such ridiculous over-the-top ways. For example, calling Ryan’s plan “right wing social engineering”, his push for Dede scozzafalooza, (who was from NY and not even any of Newt’s business) his attacks on capitalism, etc sounds very McCainish.

When someone is a moderate, you know what you’re going to get. When someone is like McCain or Newt, you have to scratch your head and wonder “why the hell did he just say that?”


143 posted on 01/18/2012 11:07:19 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Red Steel

I do wonder if “Chainsaw” Mitt Romney found a way to back-door some money to this Gingrich ex wife. Lots of money. The timing of this stinks to high heaven, and I do not believe in coincidences in politics.


144 posted on 01/18/2012 11:08:41 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

When people of real wealth want something done, a man shows up with a bag of cash and a suggestion. There is nothing traceable involved.

Such offers are made after said recipient is thoroughly investigated and found to be morally ‘open’ to such arrangements.


145 posted on 01/18/2012 11:12:12 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: sushiman

This was the American Solutions bipartisan Newt who raised over $50 million to give him the lifestyle he deserved. He also pushed amnesty and a government approach to global warming.


146 posted on 01/18/2012 11:14:15 PM PST by kabar
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To: byteback
Newt has been preaching the evils of private enterprise and capital

You are so full of crap your eyes are brown.

Newt was criticizing the same kind of crony capitalism that Sarah Palin was criticizing a couple of months ago. Romney made money by screwing taxpayers and looting companies. Romney was not engaged in Free Enterprise, he was engaged in Crony Corporatism. If it were truly free Enterprise, then Corporate veils would not allow people to loot a company, declare bankruptcy and then keep all the money. In a Free Enterprise economy the owners of the business do not get to hide from their risks by going bankrupt after borrowing tons of money to pay themselves dividends right before going bankrupt. In a Free Enterprise economy, people are responsible for the debts they incur.

Romney was running a risk free capital enterprise. Even Warren Buffet basically called companies like Bain Capital vultures.

147 posted on 01/18/2012 11:15:33 PM PST by P-Marlowe (NEWT!!! Because everyone else is just average.)
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To: P-Marlowe

“Newt was criticizing the same kind of crony capitalism that Sarah Palin was criticizing a couple of month”

You mean like Freddie Mac? oh wait...


148 posted on 01/18/2012 11:19:00 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: txhurl
Thats exactly what he needs to do.

All the women I know are backing Newt. Reason, he is the only one that has the smarts to lead this Nation back to sanity.

After nasty Slick Willy, nothing more is shocking.

149 posted on 01/18/2012 11:22:22 PM PST by annieokie
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To: RitaOK
Most women know that other women are vicious. This woman is dispicable rejected bitter old woman, and by the way I see her speaking, is it any wonder that he could no longer live with such a vile woman?

This is nothing but jealousy, she is only thinking that she could have been a FLOTUS, but she screwed up and is furious. How vile do you have to be to try to destroy his children and grandchildren as well?

Maybe she should take a stab at luring Ron Paul, perfect duo, two loons.

150 posted on 01/18/2012 11:32:37 PM PST by annieokie
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