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By BRIAN ROSS and RHONDA SCHWARTZ
ABC News

Newt Gingrich lacks the moral character to serve as President, his second ex-wife Marianne told ABC News, saying his campaign positions on the sanctity of marriage and the importance of family values do not square with what she saw during their 18 years of marriage.

In her first television interview since the 1999 divorce, to be broadcast tonight on Nightline, Marianne Gingrich, a self-described conservative Republican, said she is coming forward now so voters can know what she knows about Gingrich.

In her most provocative comments, the ex-Mrs. Gingrich said Newt sought an “open marriage” arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife.

Click here to read the rest of the story and see a preview of ABC News’ exclusive broadcast interview with Marianne Gingrich, and then catch the full interview tonight on ABC News’ Nightline at 11:35 p.m. ET.

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  • Guest7969

    OBVIOUSLY have NOT been paying attention…when Democrats get caught doing something like oh…adultery..they rally around them and protect them..maybe send them to rehab for their “problem”. When a Republican does the SAME THING…HOLY COW…first their OWN PARTY calls for their resignation, PLUS the Democrats start foaming at the mouth…

  • dittos

    I’m from the Chesterfield County area in South Carolina. I will be voting Newt in the primary. Nuff said!

  • guesty

    From John: “A tiger can’t change it’s stripes, and in 1995 while he was leading the charge as speaker of the house to have Bill Clinton impeached for infidelity he was engaging in the same act while married.”

    No, Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice. He lied about the affair when he was caught.

    Get it right or just be quiet because now you just look silly.

  • Guest 2

    I will vote for ANYONE that can beat Obama no matter who they are or what they have done. Can we get any worse than who we have now? I think not, unless it’s Al Gore or Kerry.

  • Guestifer

    This woman looks like she has said and done anything for money anyway…

  • sdht

    Dozens upon dozens of high ranking conservatives have voiced their opinion of the lack of morality and class shown by Gingrich over the years. Even Glen Beck said he was the only Republican candidate he couldn’t vote for.

    Need I say more?

  • fgnfgtn

    So whats that say about the people of Texas who have elected him to congress for almost 25 years? Stop buying into propaganda, there’s a reason why this man is overlooked and ignored by every media outlet in the United States…..

  • guesty

    From John: “He lead the congress in 1995 to impeach then President Clinton for infidelity while he was engaged in a affair.”

    No, Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice. He lied about the affair when he was caught.

  • That is not the charge I remember. I thought President Clinton was impeeched for lying under oath about an affair.

  • John

    Some of you say that if you don’t vote for Newt because of this bad press is an idiot … well your the pot calling the kettle black. A tiger can’t change it’s stripes, and in 1995 while he was leading the charge as speaker of the house to have Bill Clinton impeached for infidelity he was engaging in the same act while married. On principle alone this man should never rest his buns behind the desk in the oval office. He is a Hypocrite, and a desperate man who will do anything to be President. Forrest Gump’s doctor couldn’t straighten him out… he is as crooked as any in DC…

  • Guest3130

    I call BS on all of these posters – – if it had been a Democrat (or God forbid, our current President) instead of the Lewd Newt, you all would be having a HAYDAY, decrying their loose moral values – but since it’s a Repub, it’s OK.

    You all crack me up!

  • iaintdumb

    I can barely lift a finger to comment about politics these days, but these bitter, scorned women are something to be reckoned with. Just think, all of that beautiful warm fuzzy love, elation, bliss and adoration can change to hate and disdain in the blink of an eye if someone else decides they’re no longer happy with another person. Human are so complex and ignorant. Love is a cruel trick played on humans by nature to ensure the continuation of our species.

    What goes on in someone’s home and their family is their business. Not mine.

  • robo

    This “revelation” is presented by liberal ABC news and Diane Sawyer. Need I say more?

  • John

    If the Republican Party would wake up they would see there only hope of getting a nominee into the oval office this year is to nominate Ron Paul… I will tell you why…

    Mitt Romney will get blasted and out debated all night long against President Obama. Mitt has hid his money is tax shelters for years, and used super rich loopholes to his advantage… loopholes politicians put in place to protect there wealth, and have the middel class pick up the tab. Romney is not leading by example, and furthermore is as crooked as Newt as when Romney was Gov. of Mass. he targeted corporations that hid money in tax shelters to deal with foreign investors without having to pay a tax to the US.

    Newt Gingrich doesn’t stand a chance mainly on personal character flaws. He lead the congress in 1995 to impeach then President Clinton for infidelity while he was engaged in a affair. He cut and run when his second wife developed cancer… President Obama will paint him as a man who runs away when situations get tough… needless to say his remarks about kids cleaning toilets…

    Ron Paul at this moment is neck and neck in the national polls with Romney and President Obama. he has a thirty year track record of not lying about where he stands on whatever issue. He believes in the constitution and the principles in which this country was founded…

    If the Republican Party Nominates anyone but Ron Paul they will be competing against his grassroots movement in November…. He will take votes from both Republicans and Democrats. He will most certainly win the independent vote. If the Republican Party was smart they would capitalize on the fact the have someone running in their primaries who can garner votes from all parties, and in November win the election. If Newt or Romney get the nomination the Republican Party will see results similar to what Bush did to Kerry in 04′.

  • John

    And by the 04′ election I meant to clarify Obama as the incumbent wining over either Romney or Newt with a similar margin of victory as President Bush did against John Kerry.

  • Ron Paul reminds me of that cult leader back in the 1980’s that had all of his followers commit suicide and they were covered with purple shrouds all lying on bunk beds, remember?

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