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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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1 posted on 01/18/2012 9:15:56 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Hillary wants to run against Romney, because he can’t beat her.

Clinton operatives are working in the Romney camp.

Now Newt’s wife turns on him.

Connect the dots.


2 posted on 01/18/2012 9:18:28 PM PST by Talisker (Apology accepted, Captain Needa.)
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To: Red Steel

Good.

Let’s revisit Monica, shall we? And his Missus is now Sec of State. Ain’t that grand?


3 posted on 01/18/2012 9:18:41 PM PST by Hostage (The revolution needs a spark. The Constitution is dead.)
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To: Red Steel
Newt needs to bow out and endorse Santorum.He's not conservative in any shape or manner...he's a populist.

His attacks on Free Enterprise are not in line with Conservative thought.

4 posted on 01/18/2012 9:20:36 PM PST by byteback
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To: Red Steel

How in the heck is it preemptive if it is a response?


5 posted on 01/18/2012 9:21:49 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Red Steel
No matter how bad this interview is, all Newt has to say is “At least I didn't smoke crack and get oral sex in back of a limousine with male prostitute”
6 posted on 01/18/2012 9:22:19 PM PST by GR_Jr. (ABR / AB0 (Anybody but Romney / Anybody but 0bama))
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To: Talisker

“Hillary wants to run against Romney, because he can’t beat her.

Clinton operatives are working in the Romney camp.

Now Newt’s wife turns on him.

Connect the dots.”
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Imagine a puzzled Scooby-Doo shaking his head and saying,”Huhhhh?”.


7 posted on 01/18/2012 9:23:05 PM PST by elvis-lives
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To: byteback

Newt Gingrich is the Winston Churchill of our time.


8 posted on 01/18/2012 9:23:29 PM PST by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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To: byteback

Right. Explain “Contract With America” if Gingrich isn’t a conservative.

Illogical people with no common sense or understanding of politics dwell on both sides of the aisle, don’t they?


9 posted on 01/18/2012 9:23:58 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: byteback

“Newt needs to bow out and endorse Santorum.He’s not conservative in any shape or manner...he’s a populist.”

And Santorum is? He supported No Child Left Behind and just about every big government initiative during the Bush years.

No one in this race is a true, full blooded conservative. One of these guys will just be a space filler until new crop of young conservative office holders (Rubio, Jindal, Lee, Walker, etc) step in to fill the void.


10 posted on 01/18/2012 9:25:26 PM PST by GR_Jr. (ABR / AB0 (Anybody but Romney / Anybody but 0bama))
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To: mylife

Because the interview has not yet happened.


11 posted on 01/18/2012 9:25:42 PM PST by Hostage (The revolution needs a spark. The Constitution is dead.)
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To: Hostage

Newts got some serious skeletons.

He led the charge on impeaching BJC while he himself was getting BJs from his mistress.

It’s going to be an issue.
Thompson was one of the sane ones that said, this is about perjury alone.


12 posted on 01/18/2012 9:26:15 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: byteback

When did Newt attack free enterprise?

Surely you know the candidates do not control what superpacs do.


13 posted on 01/18/2012 9:26:20 PM PST by bigbob
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To: mylife

It’s pre-emptive because his ex wife’s interview hasn’t yet been aired on television.

I’ve been backing Santorum, but I hope like hell that Newt doesn’t back down here.


14 posted on 01/18/2012 9:26:59 PM PST by KJC1
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To: Red Steel

Aren’t all the “sealed” accusations in a Republican politician’s divorce sent directly to the DNC by the courts anyway...


15 posted on 01/18/2012 9:28:28 PM PST by mrsmith (What Tea Party nominee have you found for your House seat?)
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To: mylife

Nonsense.


16 posted on 01/18/2012 9:28:38 PM PST by Hostage (The revolution needs a spark. The Constitution is dead.)
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To: Red Steel

God bless Newt and his children. He has been viciously attacked by the media, called “unstable”, been hit hard by the moderators on his personal life during one of the former debates, lied about, smeared and he is still standing. Newt has strength, courage and true grit. Americans are concerned about the economy, the UN, debt ceiling, Obamacare, activist judges ...not about something that took place 16 yrs or so ago..move ON with the urgent matters facing this country.


17 posted on 01/18/2012 9:28:53 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: KJC1

The news has been out for YEARS


18 posted on 01/18/2012 9:29:36 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Red Steel

All Newt needs to do is address this ONE time: ONE: ‘Well, that’s my ex-wife’, say NOTHING else, and say ‘I’VE ALREADY ADDRESSED THAT’ any and every time anyone asks him about it.

Bury it, Newt. The women behind you already know this, and the men behind you will NOT respect you if you allow it ANY traction.

Address once, bury and ignore.


19 posted on 01/18/2012 9:29:52 PM PST by txhurl (EVERYONE is losing their virginity in this election. -Marty60)
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To: bigbob
When did Newt attack free enterprise?

Surely you are following the news. Newt has been preaching the evils of private enterprise and capital. He was a lobbyist for the GSEs so he is what his record says he is.

20 posted on 01/18/2012 9:29:57 PM PST by byteback
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To: Red Steel

Look at their accomplishments. Newt allied himself with Ronald Reagan to build the Reagan Coalition, the Religious Right, and the Republican majority (together the Reagan Revolution) which directly led the downfall of the Soviet Union, the Contract with America, government reforms, less government, tax cuts, a balanced budget, and the great, long-standing Reagan economy.

Romney, on the other hand, vehemently denied Ronald Reagan and aligned himself with Ted Kennedy and the left. Romney accomplished installing liberal big government programs, defended and promoted Roe v Wade and legalized abortion as “settled law,” advocated and implemented RomneyCare with its liberty killing government mandates against formerly free citizens and its taxpayer funded or subsidized and mandated abortion procedures. He ran and governed to the left of Ted Kennedy on the “gay agenda” resulting in gay marriage in Massachusetts. He appointed liberal judges and liberal appointees throughout his government. Under his “leadership” conservatism and the Republican party was all but destroyed in Massachusetts.

Romney is one evil liberal progressive. No way in hell will MittBots be allowed to support this abortionist, big government, socialist scumbag on FR!

Guess my message isn’t clear enough. I have to keep repeating it and zotting would be MittBots.

79 posted on Sat Dec 03 2011 19:59:37 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time) by Jim Robinson


21 posted on 01/18/2012 9:30:24 PM PST by narses
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To: Hostage

How is it nonsense?


22 posted on 01/18/2012 9:30:32 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: byteback
Newt needs to bow out and endorse Santorum.

Lotsa luck with that loony notion.

His attacks on Free Enterprise are not in line with Conservative thought.

Newt no more attacked free enterprise by pointing out some unsavory facts about Mitt Romney than would he be attacking the practice of medicine by pointing out what is wrong with abortion.

23 posted on 01/18/2012 9:31:00 PM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: Red Steel
the daughters said in the letter addressed to ABC News Leadership.

...and the ABC New leadership filed away the letter in the round folder, while they giggled quietly, savoring their hatchet job.

24 posted on 01/18/2012 9:31:20 PM PST by Moorings
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To: Red Steel
Newt's daughters have the politest way of saying "she's a liar" I've seen in recent memory.

Regarding Clinton's impeachment, perhaps my memory is faulty, but didn't it have something to do with lying under oath?

25 posted on 01/18/2012 9:31:55 PM PST by susannah59
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To: txhurl

Isn’t that what Cain tried to do?

Cain actually went further, he tried to blame it on another candidate.

It didnt play


26 posted on 01/18/2012 9:33:15 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: byteback

He attacked Romnuts true character and record at Bain Capital which is a misnomer for Bain Vulturism.

The real tactics of Bain give Capitalism a bad name.

Romney is like the pedophile priest that hides behind the cross of capitalism.

It’s old news now anyways.


27 posted on 01/18/2012 9:33:42 PM PST by Hostage (The revolution needs a spark. The Constitution is dead.)
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To: John Valentine

Good analogy. Newt has always supported business and entrepreneurs.


28 posted on 01/18/2012 9:36:31 PM PST by Hostage (The revolution needs a spark. The Constitution is dead.)
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To: Red Steel

I don’t see that Newt’s second wife has a beef since she was committing adultery with him while he was still married to the first wife. Can we still call the first and second women wives since he had those marriages annuled?


29 posted on 01/18/2012 9:39:00 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: NKP_Vet
Newt Gingrich is the Winston Churchill of our time.

If that is true, "our times" are greatly diminished.

30 posted on 01/18/2012 9:41:36 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: susannah59

How would they know.They were 15 when he married Marianne.He hopped from one wife-girlfriend to another.Just keeping up here.
Newt Gingrich Marriage Timeline
1962: Newt married Jackie Battley on June 19, 1962.
1963: Newt’s daughter Kathy was born.
1966: Newt’s daughter Jackie Sue was born.
1980: Newt met Marianne Ginther in January 1980.
1980: Jackie and Newt separated in April 1980.
1981: Jackie Battley and Newt Gingrich’s divorce was finalized in February 1981.
1981: Six months later Newt married Marianne Ginther on August 8, 1981.
1987: Marianne and Newt separated in June 1987.
1993: Newt and Callista Bisek began their affair in November 1993.
1993: Marianne and Newt reconciled in late 1993/early 1994.
1999: Newt and Marianne separated in May 1999 and filed for divorce in July.
1999: Marianne and Newt reached a settlement in their divorce case.
2000: Marianne and Newt’s divorce was finalized in April 2000.
2000: Callista Bisek and Newt announced their engagement.
2000: Newt married Callista Bisek on August 18, 2000.


31 posted on 01/18/2012 9:43:24 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: mylife
He led the charge on impeaching BJC while he himself was getting BJs from his mistress. It’s going to be an issue.

He will forcefully remind everyone that the issue was not sex, but lying under oath. A lot of people (mostly liberals) will not buy it. Most conservatives will. By the time the general election rolls around, it will be old news.

32 posted on 01/18/2012 9:43:56 PM PST by Maceman (Obama: As American as nasei goreng)
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To: Red Steel

I find it truly despicable that Matt Drudge, who has his own lifestyle issues. would lead this b.s. attack on Newt. I guarantee there is more to this - like ties between Drudge and Romney’s staff. Drudge has gone beyond the pale on this one.


33 posted on 01/18/2012 9:44:21 PM PST by DesertRenegade
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To: Red Steel
"It's starting"

The Rat Party (formerly the traditional Democratic Party) and their servile, complaisant, undistinguished media (SCUM) swing into action. Doing what they do. They did it in the Senate campaign five or six years ago.

Excluding the ex-wife of Gingrich I wonder which has the most whores.. the judiciary or the women in places to have met members of the ruling class.

.. and all we got on Obama is -- nothing from SCUM. But there's that one guy who claims a homosexual relationship with Obama. Wot? Oh yeah, Ayers wrote Obama's best selling book. And I remember something about a man who got that million-dollar house deal -- the one that's in prison now. More? Lot's more. Here one. He never attended classes in college, never passed any tests yet has college degrees.. Wait.. how do we now that? Oh, he can't prove otherwise.

34 posted on 01/18/2012 9:44:37 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: mylife

It is “preemptive” to the nationally televised prime time interview. The word I saw, though, was “head off”.

One at a time, as necessary, Newt will have defenders close coming forth with increasing push back and drip, drip, drip questioning Marianne the Vicious and her version of accusations, and her nasty quotes she attributes to Newt.

This gal better have it on tape, as “he said-she said” doesn’t any longer fly all that well, unless your predisposed to theater soap opera accounts of some ex-wives various venomous syndromes. So many voters are dealing with that derangement, it may bring Newt more votes.


35 posted on 01/18/2012 9:45:35 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012/ Ron Paul is already Third Party, inside OUR Party.)
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To: Hostage
Ah "Vulturism"

How to be anti capitalist while pretending that nobody else can see you are a Socialist.

36 posted on 01/18/2012 9:47:39 PM PST by byteback
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To: Maceman

I said it was about lying under public oath too.


37 posted on 01/18/2012 9:47:54 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: RitaOK
"So many voters are dealing with that derangement, (divorce and its problems) it may bring Newt more votes."

YEP!

38 posted on 01/18/2012 9:47:59 PM PST by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: Red Steel

Lets tax ABC/Disney and the rest of the Media into oblivion to pay for Obama’s debt. You know, like they target oil companies.

Oh, and f*** SOPA.


39 posted on 01/18/2012 9:49:09 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: freedomfiter2

In civil law, you may refer to them as ex-wives. In the Church, IF they were actually annulled, the marriages were annulled, which means just that...that a marriage never existed.


40 posted on 01/18/2012 9:49:41 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012/ Ron Paul is already Third Party, inside OUR Party.)
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To: GR_Jr.

No matter how bad this interview is, all Newt has to say is “At least I didn’t smoke crack and get oral sex in back of a limousine with male prostitute”
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That is GREAT!!! But, the GOP probably will not have the ‘nads to remind America of Larry Sinclair.


41 posted on 01/18/2012 9:50:20 PM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: Maceman

The point is, none of Newt’s supporters will be swayed. They don’t have Newt on a pedestal. They have him stuffed in their cannon, loaded and aimed at Obama.

This is serious business, and frivolities will not be entertained this late into the war.


42 posted on 01/18/2012 9:51:16 PM PST by txhurl (EVERYONE is losing their virginity in this election. -Marty60)
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To: Moorings

Maybe Newt supporters could all give Ben a friendly call or fax - many times over - starting tomorrow and let him know what we think about the “ethics” of his news network - and ask him - ever so politely - if he could provide a list of all of ABC News advertisers - for future reference.

Mr. Ben Sherwood has been President of ABC News at Disney-ABC Television Group since December 2010. Mr. Sherwood is responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ broadcasts, including “World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America,” “20/20,” “Primetime” and “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.” In addition, Mr. Sherwood oversees ABC News R...aio, ABCNEWS.com, ABC News’ satellite service, NewsOne and ABC News NOW.

CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS

7 West 66th Street
New York, New York 10023
United States
Phone: 212-456-2700
Fax: 212-456-2795


43 posted on 01/18/2012 9:51:42 PM PST by true believer forever (First, they came for the rich.)
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To: GR_Jr.
No matter how bad this interview is, all Newt has to say is “At least I didn't smoke crack and get oral sex in back of a limousine with male prostitute”

You're jumping the gun to the general.

Newt's current adversary has plenty of problems in his political history and may or may not have problems in his business history (depends on how Bain conducted itself). But his personal life is squeaky clean (except for a hose-down involving an Irish Setter).

44 posted on 01/18/2012 9:52:10 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: fatima

Ahh.. he was just so devoted to the country he got a little sideways with the homelife.

Problem is, that he also had troubles as a politician.


45 posted on 01/18/2012 9:52:29 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: byteback

If Newt isn’t conservative, neither is Santorum who, besides being dull, is also big government.


46 posted on 01/18/2012 9:52:36 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: goodnesswins

Well, that’s on hecka strategy!


47 posted on 01/18/2012 9:54:31 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: GR_Jr.

I think we’d all better get behind Perry.


48 posted on 01/18/2012 9:54:53 PM PST by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: txhurl

I hope Newt takes the gloves off in tonight’s debate and blasts these scum. The personal attacks against Newt have become obscene. Romney hides behind his PAC, but some day he will have to answer for his lies and gossip.


49 posted on 01/18/2012 9:55:03 PM PST by DesertRenegade
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To: txhurl

“The point is, none of Newt’s supporters will be swayed. They don’t have Newt on a pedestal. They have him stuffed in their cannon, loaded and aimed at Obama. “ <<

Whoo Hoo! Excellent! Worth repeating. You need to put that in your tag line for the next little while! Fabulous and succinct.


50 posted on 01/18/2012 9:55:07 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012/ Ron Paul is already Third Party, inside OUR Party.)
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