Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Gingrich had affair during Clinton probe
AP/YAHOO! News ^ | March 8, 2007 | BEN EVANS,

Posted on 03/08/2007 10:53:12 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich acknowledged he was having an extramarital affair even as he led the charge against President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, he acknowledged in an interview with a conservative Christian group.

"The honest answer is yes," Gingrich, a potential 2008 Republican presidential candidate, said in an interview with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson to be aired Friday, according to a transcript provided to The Associated Press. "There are times that I have fallen short of my own standards. There's certainly times when I've fallen short of God's standards."

Gingrich argued in the interview, however, that he should not be viewed as a hypocrite for pursuing Clinton's infidelity.

"The president of the United States got in trouble for committing a felony in front of a sitting federal judge," the former Georgia congressman said of Clinton's 1998 House impeachment on perjury and obstruction of justice charges. "I drew a line in my mind that said, 'Even though I run the risk of being deeply embarrassed, and even though at a purely personal level I am not rendering judgment on another human being, as a leader of the government trying to uphold the rule of law, I have no choice except to move forward and say that you cannot accept ... perjury in your highest officials."

Widely considered a mastermind of the Republican revolution that swept Congress in the 1994 elections, Gingrich remains wildly popular among many conservatives. He has repeatedly placed near the top of Republican presidential polls recently, even though he has not formed a campaign.

Gingrich has said he is waiting to see how the Republican field shapes up before deciding in the fall whether to run.

Reports of extramarital affairs have dogged him for years as a result of two messy divorces, but he has refused to discuss them publicly.

Gingrich, who frequently campaigned on family values issues, divorced his second wife, Marianne, in 2000 after his attorneys acknowledged Gingrich's relationship with his current wife, Callista Bisek, a former congressional aide more than 20 years younger than he is.

His first marriage, to his former high school geometry teacher, Jackie Battley, ended in divorce in 1981. Although Gingrich has said he doesn't remember it, Battley has said Gingrich discussed divorce terms with her while she was recuperating in the hospital from cancer surgery.

Gingrich married Marianne months after the divorce.

"There were times when I was praying and when I felt I was doing things that were wrong. But I was still doing them," he said in the interview. "I look back on those as periods of weakness and periods that I'm ... not proud of."

Gingrich's congressional career ended in 1998 when he abruptly resigned from Congress after poor showings from Republicans in elections and after being reprimanded by the House ethics panel over charges that he used tax-exempt funding to advance his


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008electionbias; clintonlegacy; election2008; gingrich; gingrich2008; yellowjournalism
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-129 next last

1 posted on 03/08/2007 10:53:13 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez; Admin Moderator

already posted


2 posted on 03/08/2007 10:55:38 PM PST by Silly (plasticpie.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez

My goodness, this is horrible!

He may be run out of office for this!

Oh, wait a minute...


3 posted on 03/08/2007 10:56:24 PM PST by The_Republican (So Dark The Con of Man)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez
Clintoon was impeached.

Case closed.
4 posted on 03/08/2007 10:56:45 PM PST by Dallas59 (AL GORE STALKED ME ON 2/25/2007!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez

There's something disturbing about the title of the article -- especially the last words.


5 posted on 03/08/2007 10:56:48 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Silly

We knew this years ago, didn't we. Isn't this why he left office? Smacked too much of hypocrisy, even tough, with clinton it was really about perjury, but dems tried to spin it about it being about his personal life.


6 posted on 03/08/2007 10:57:45 PM PST by psjones (u)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Silly

I did a search and nothing came up...I asked the Admin to remove it.


7 posted on 03/08/2007 10:58:11 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (Some people see the world as they would want it to be, effective people see the world as it is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez

good boy


8 posted on 03/08/2007 11:00:01 PM PST by Silly (plasticpie.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: psjones

He left office because of a scandal involving a book.


9 posted on 03/08/2007 11:00:03 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (Some people see the world as they would want it to be, effective people see the world as it is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez
Gingrich's congressional career ended in 1998 when he abruptly resigned from Congress after poor showings from Republicans in elections and after being reprimanded by the House ethics panel over charges that he used tax-exempt funding to advance his

He was being challenged for the leadership position, wasn't he? And he just quit, the end.

10 posted on 03/08/2007 11:00:31 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez
This is old news, regurgitated by muck diving sewer rats laying like cockroaches under the liberal Maim Stream Medias bed.
11 posted on 03/08/2007 11:08:23 PM PST by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, DUNCAN 08, ELECTION 2008, MOST IMPORTANT OF MY LIFE TIME)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: OKIEDOC
"This is old news, regurgitated by muck diving sewer rats laying like cockroaches under the liberal Maim Stream Medias bed."

Not true at all...

"Reports of extramarital affairs have dogged him for years as a result of two messy divorces, but he has refused to discuss them publicly."

He just openly admitted to this, and that's news.

12 posted on 03/08/2007 11:11:21 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (Some people see the world as they would want it to be, effective people see the world as it is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez

Did Newt ever have police escort a potential rape victim to his room where he dropped his pants and said "kiss it"?

Did Newt ever receive oral sex while deploying troops on the phone?

Bill Clinton lied under oath and bought off the testimony of others to hide the fact that he sexually harassed women at work, engaged in workplace sexual affairs, and tried to deny one of his victims her day in court.


13 posted on 03/08/2007 11:11:51 PM PST by weegee (Carbon credits are nothing but the Global Warming movement's way of selling indugences.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez

Pictures needed!


14 posted on 03/08/2007 11:14:12 PM PST by jws3sticks (Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime, and the sooner the better!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: weegee

So affairs are OK as long as they stay within your accepted parameters?


15 posted on 03/08/2007 11:18:12 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (Some people see the world as they would want it to be, effective people see the world as it is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez

And I should care about this because?


16 posted on 03/08/2007 11:30:37 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Veritas. Gravitas. Ohmygas.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

I don't know...why did you read the article?

Or should we be limited to posting only those articles that you care about?


17 posted on 03/08/2007 11:33:30 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (Some people see the world as they would want it to be, effective people see the world as it is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez
I read it because I thought I might be interested. Then I discovered that it was typical MSM BS trash. Not to impugn you for posting.
18 posted on 03/08/2007 11:42:53 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Veritas. Gravitas. Ohmygas.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

There's a difference here.

If Newt is truly considering making a run at the White House, he needed to neutralize this story.

That's why he owned up to it while being interviewed by James Dobson.

Purely a political move by Newt's team.


19 posted on 03/08/2007 11:47:28 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (Some people see the world as they would want it to be, effective people see the world as it is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: jws3sticks
Here a picture of Newt & Callista

and they both have such nice hair. Don't get me wrong, I like Newt: very thoughtful and well spoken- with some great ideas.
20 posted on 03/09/2007 12:05:46 AM PST by zadox
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: psjones
even [though], with clinton it was really about perjury

Ita wasn't about perjury or morality. It was about politics, about weakening your opponent and removing him from power.

21 posted on 03/09/2007 12:14:32 AM PST by liberallarry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Berosus; Cincinatus' Wife; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; FairOpinion; Fedora; ..

...


22 posted on 03/09/2007 1:00:25 AM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, February 19, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Heh...


23 posted on 03/09/2007 1:01:03 AM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, February 19, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
And I should care about this because?

If the Clinton scandals and behavior are going to be an issue in the 08 campaign, perhaps we'd be wise to choose a candidate who doesn't neutralize this.

24 posted on 03/09/2007 1:11:48 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA; All
That's funny; nice catch.

Someone give that FReeper a cigar!

25 posted on 03/09/2007 2:19:02 AM PST by LowCountryJoe (I'm a Paleo-liberal: I believe in freedom; am socially independent and a borderline fiscal anarchist)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez
I did a search and nothing came up...I asked the Admin to remove it.

Well I didn't see the other one and probably wouldn't have found it. Not all of us have time to scan through 300 articles - lol. Good post.

26 posted on 03/09/2007 2:26:44 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Howlin
He was being challenged for the leadership position, wasn't he? And he just quit, the end.

Newt's not dumb by any stretch and getting out front now, before he announces ( if he's going to announce ) is pretty smart.

Let the media have a small run with this and later he can say everyone knows, I admitted it twice now, once in 1998 and now in 2007, twice in a decade publicly, when is enough ..enough?

27 posted on 03/09/2007 2:28:33 AM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez
Now I don't know all of what Newt said to Dobson but this is one of those rare instances where the MSM is actually using the word "perjury" to describe what Clinton was really on trial for. Too many people in this country believe that Clinton's impeachment hearing arose because of his affair alone -- as if having an affair was a crime. The MSM has never tried to correct this misperception...hell, I think they were actively trying to create the misperception before and during the hearing.
28 posted on 03/09/2007 2:29:45 AM PST by LowCountryJoe (I'm a Paleo-liberal: I believe in freedom; am socially independent and a borderline fiscal anarchist)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All

I forgot to mention -- at it was the key point I intended to make: even though they are mentioning the word "perjury" while they quote Newt, why use an ellipses? What context was not retained? I ask only because it seems to me that much of the meaning was taken away; maybe by including the full text this quote would have more clarity and a sharper barb. Just a hunch.


29 posted on 03/09/2007 2:38:04 AM PST by LowCountryJoe (I'm a Paleo-liberal: I believe in freedom; am socially independent and a borderline fiscal anarchist)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez

Hardly news. Everyone knew this was a big part of his resignation.


30 posted on 03/09/2007 3:16:00 AM PST by OldFriend (KNOWLEDGE FOREVER GOVERNS IGNORANCE)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez

It was required to pursue the law no matter what his behaviour may have been.


31 posted on 03/09/2007 4:21:49 AM PST by stockpirate (Rudy is a cross dresser, He is really a Liberal Democrat dresssed as a Conservative Republican.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez

What's disheartening is the palpable hypocrisy of folks who were with the "Character matters" crowd, and now are with the "Go Newt Because You Talk Read Good!" crowd.

I was with the "Character matters" crowd.

Still am. It still does.

The flip makes us look like hypocrites. Worse, it makes us look like Dems.


32 posted on 03/09/2007 4:25:34 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
And I should care about this because?

Because if he emerges as a potential presidental candidate you can rest assured that the Democrats know all the details already and would release them at the appropriate time to do the most damage, unlikely as his presidential candidacy it would be, since Gingrich is damaged goods anyway.

33 posted on 03/09/2007 4:29:39 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez

Drives me nuts that reporters "forget" that Clinton was impeached for lying NOT for having an affair.

Yet they seem to gleefully point out that Libby was convicted for lying.

Clinton comitted no crime, but Libby did?

And they can do it with a straight face. Libs are insane!


34 posted on 03/09/2007 4:33:32 AM PST by American_Centurion (No, I don't trust the government to automatically do the right thing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #35 Removed by Moderator

To: OldFriend

He was asked by his own caucus to step down for the five seat lost in 98 it had nothing with him cheating on his wife


36 posted on 03/09/2007 4:50:36 AM PST by StoneWall Brigade (Charge'em Both Ways)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: mcg2000

>>>Dust the dirt off this old story! Wow! Can the MSM be any more obvious???

Is Focus on the Family now part of the MSM? It was an interview with Dobson that brought this story to light, not an inquiry from the MSM.

"The honest answer is yes," Gingrich, a potential 2008 Republican presidential candidate, said in an interview with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson to be aired Friday, according to a transcript provided to The Associated Press. "There are times that I have fallen short of my own standards. There's certainly times when I've fallen short of God's standards."


37 posted on 03/09/2007 4:51:12 AM PST by NC28203
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez

So what? Clinton was impeached not because he had an affair but because he committed the crimes of perjury and obstruction of justice from the White House while trying to deny fellow citizen, Paula Jones, a fair trial in federal court.


38 posted on 03/09/2007 4:51:24 AM PST by libertylover (Liberals: Trying to convert the U.S. into a country the Founding Father's wouldn't recognize.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez

The most amazing thing about all this is that Newt's a horndog! Cool... where I once faced darkness, I now see a glimmer of light.


39 posted on 03/09/2007 4:57:26 AM PST by Hatteras
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BibChr
What's disheartening is the palpable hypocrisy of folks who were with the "Character matters" crowd, and now are with the "Go Newt Because You Talk Read Good!" crowd.

Well said. Newt may have some good ideas, but he doesn't have the character to lead the country. He can be secretary of something.

40 posted on 03/09/2007 4:57:39 AM PST by Puddleglum
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez; All

Oh look a Rudy Guiliani drive by hit on Newt.

surprise
surprise

yawn.

Seems the wind is being dragged out of Rudy's sails. (shades of the Dean scream)

To know Rudy Guiliani's positions is to prefer another candidate.

rudy is in trouble if his MSM, NYC AP press pals have to do this.

REMEMBER FOLKS THE AP ROUTS ALL STORIES THROUGH NYC!


41 posted on 03/09/2007 4:59:20 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: longtermmemmory

>>>Oh look a Rudy Guiliani drive by hit on Newt.

I was unaware the Dobson was a Giuliani supporter.


42 posted on 03/09/2007 5:05:47 AM PST by NC28203
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

we should care about this because the AP is writing a hit piece for some reason.

The AP wants a subway election.

They want a contest between Hillary Rudy Guiliani Clinton versus Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Two identical lawyer liberals.

We should care because the MSM is attempting to circle the waggons to protect their own pro-homosexual, anti-gun, government only theology candidates.


43 posted on 03/09/2007 5:07:15 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez

This is old news. Anyone who didn't know it already must have been under a rock the last several years.


44 posted on 03/09/2007 5:13:39 AM PST by Proudcongal (One cannot have an understanding of or respect for the U.S. Constitution and be a leftist.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BibChr
Yes, character does still matter.

At least Newt has owned up to his failings and even done it publicly, with no equivocation. That takes a lot of guts and, yes, character. He didn't have to do it. He says he prayed about it and asked God's forgiveness. Do you have reason to doubt that?

If God has forgiven him maybe you could also consider it.

Oh, and I congratulate you on your perfection of character.

45 posted on 03/09/2007 5:14:31 AM PST by ItsForTheChildren
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: BibChr

You make an excellent and undeniable point. Newt would be a formidable President were it not for his character flaws. And while voting for him would make us look like, as you stated, hypocrites or worse, dems; if he won, at least we'd be hypocrites with a conservative agenda!


Ok ok... I know. You're right.


46 posted on 03/09/2007 5:17:12 AM PST by new cruelty
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: NC28203

look at the NYC source of the article.

We have NYC news distributors circling waggons to defend their NYC liberal candiates.

AP/Yahoo

all routed through NYC


47 posted on 03/09/2007 5:20:16 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: Luis Gonzalez

Attention AP: Got any other old news?

This has-been was trotted out by the MSM almost a decade ago... even the typically uneducated liberal-types can tell you that Newt had an affair.


48 posted on 03/09/2007 5:23:15 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? YOU HAVE NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT. Actually, you lack even a legitimate excuse.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ItsForTheChildren

You start off with a very worthwhile point; pity you go stupid after that. Though against my usual policy, I'll overlook the 75% stupid to respond to the good point.

I've read that an interview with FoTF comes out today, and I mean to catch it. Of course sins can be forgiven, and the fallen restored. But Clinton enablers also say he's repented, because he once said in the past that he had. However, it was unlike anything the Bible describes repentance, which actually produces confirmatory works.

So I'm interested to see whether NG TALKS repentance to get back in good with his base, or whether there's any fruit to attest it.


49 posted on 03/09/2007 5:24:35 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: longtermmemmory

Yes, but it was Newt's decision to speak to Dobson and have the interview broadcast on Focus on the Family that has made this a news event again. This was driven by Newt, not the MSM.


50 posted on 03/09/2007 5:31:18 AM PST by NC28203
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-129 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson