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Ex-wife says Gingrich wanted ‘open marriage’

January 19, 2012

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— Dredging up a past that Newt Gingrich has worked hard to bury, the GOP presidential candidate's second ex-wife says Gingrich asked for an "open marriage" in which he could have both a wife and a mistress.

In an interview with ABC News' "Nightline" scheduled to air Thursday night, Marianne Gingrich said she refused to go along with the idea that she share her husband with Callista Bisek, who would later become his third wife.

The explosive interview was airing just two days before the presidential primary in South Carolina, a state with a strong Christian conservative bent, and as Gingrich tries to present himself as the strongest alternative to GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.

In excerpts of the interview released ahead the ABC broadcast, Marianne Gingrich said Gingrich conducted his affair with Callista "in my bedroom in our apartment in Washington."

"He always called me at night and always ended with 'I love you,'" she said. "Well, she was listening."

Marianne Gingrich, who was Gingrich's second wife, said Gingrich told her "Callista doesn't care what I do."

"He was asking to have an open marriage and I refused," she said. "That is not a marriage."

She also said Gingrich moved to divorce her just months after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

"He also was advised by the doctor when I was sitting there that I was not to be under stress," she said. "He knew."

Gingrich, interviewed Thursday on NBC's "Today" show, was asked about his ex-wife's interview and declined to speculate on how it would affect his campaign.

He said he wouldn't "say anything bad" about his ex-wife and that he preferred not to address his personal life in detailed fashion. He added that members of his family had written ABC to protest the airing of the interview, saying they complained about the network "intruding into family things that are more than a decade old."

Marianne Gingrich has said that Gingrich proposed to her before the divorce from his first wife was final in 1981; they were married six months later. Her marriage to Gingrich ended in divorce in 2000, and Gingrich has acknowledged he'd already taken up with Bisek, a former congressional aide.

The House speaker who pilloried President Bill Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky was himself having an affair at the time.

As plans to air the interview were disclosed, Gingrich's campaign released a statement from his two daughters from his first marriage, Kathy Lubbers and Jackie Cushman, suggesting that Marianne Gingrich's comments may be suspect given the emotional toll that divorce takes on everyone involved.

"Anyone who has had that experience understands it is a personal tragedy filled with regrets, and sometimes differing memories of events. We will not say anything negative about our father's ex-wife," they said. "He has said before, privately and publicly, that he regrets any pain he may have caused in the past to people he loves."

Gingrich has worked in recent years to present himself as changed man, offering himself in this campaign as a 68-year-old grandfather who has settled down with wife No. 3 and embraced God through Catholicism.

Last year, he said it would be up to voters to decide whether to hold his past against him.

"I think people have to look at me, ask tough questions, then render judgment," he said then.

But he may not have been banking on his ex-wife, who has been silent so far in the 2012 campaign, to re-start that conversation.

In the NBC appearance, Gingrich said he planned to discuss "real stories," and said he'd have to leave questions about his character up to voters. He called his daughters "credible" character witnesses.

A message seeking comment from Marianne Gingrich was not immediately returned.

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hipgrrrrl 2 years, 2 months ago

There is simply something terribly fundamentally wrong with anyone who wants to be president. That is the problem in a nutshell.

How could wife no. 2 be remotely surprised that he did the same to her as they did to his first wife? Once a cheater...always a smarmy self-absorbed power seeker...or something like that, anyway.

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sunny 2 years, 2 months ago

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman" haha

Who could blame Newt. That woman is horid!

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Bob Forer 2 years, 2 months ago

Who among us wants as the First Couple of the United States of America a man whose mistress at the time, and future wife Callista was performing fellatio in a car on him because he wife was sick at home with multiple sclerosis?.

Who among us want s a president who in order to get his wife ill with MS to divorce him and her an offer SHE COULD REFUSE by saying they could stay married if she consented to a threesome with his mistress Callista?

Who among us wants the face of American values a man who presented divorce papers to his first wife suffering from cancer right after she had major surgery?

Who among us wants a president to gin up racial stereotypes by implying that African Americans are lazy and lack the work ethic of white people and would prefer collecting food stamps to working?

Who among us wants a president who implies that it is OK for poor black kids to clean toilets in schools without offering the same prescription for poor white kids?

Who among us would want a president with such massive pathological grandiosity and narcissism that he would actually imply in public that he will assume "The White Man's Burden" and go to the NAACP and teach them how to get black people to want to work"

Who among us wants a president is such a hypocrite as to be appalled by questions of infidelity when he lead the charge against Bill Clinton?

Who among us does not get nauseated by any images of Newt having sex?

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riverdrifter 2 years, 3 months ago

"damn bea"

You got thet right. Shoot. Bea rules.

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camper 2 years, 3 months ago

Speaking of President Clinton, I seem to remeber that it was Newt Gingrich leading the charge to get him impeached. Of course all the while he had two cars at the time I think (1.0 & 2.0 or maybe it was 2.0 and 3.0...regardless, the point is the same).

Gingrich has shown many times that he can be a liar, dishonest, and a hypocrite. And also throw in that he may be in this only for the money. The longer he hangs on and stays in this race, the more PR he gets for his upcoming Washington DC based company specializing in speaking gigs, books, and lucrative consulting fees like the kind he did for Fannie Mae (he hardly even had to show up for that one).

If your not convinced what type of guy Newt is, here is all you really need to know.

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 3 months ago

The sanctity of open marriage!

Marriage is between one man and one woman and one woman.

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Phoenixman 2 years, 3 months ago

Mrs. Gingrich 3.0, Did you see 1.0 and 2.0? Newt keeps upgrading. Sounds like a man that is always seeking improvements in all facets of his life.

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autie 2 years, 3 months ago

Dang it. All this time I thought an open marriage was when my wife let me keep the dogs in the house at night. That big yellow lab sounds like me when he snores so I just tell her...its him, not me. That Newt fellow is about as two faced and phony as they come. That boy ain't got a honest bone in his body. I guess the party of family values is just at it again..business as usual.

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Armstrong 2 years, 3 months ago

I must admit this is where the D's have the R's. Far and away Clinton was the busiest commander in heat to date.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 3 months ago

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Bob Forer 2 years, 3 months ago

Is this pious, pontificating philanderer someone that the American people really want to lead them through these particularly trying times? For some the answer is apparently yes. Is Callista Gingrich, who served the Speaker's "needs" by acting as his mistress, at the same time he was married and attempting to unseat President Clinton, someone whom the American people want as First Lady; or should we say First Mistress? Again, for some the answer is apparently yes.

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Bob Forer 2 years, 3 months ago

Gingrich on Gingrich:

“I Think I Am A Transformational Figure.” (PBS.org, 12/2/11) “I Am Essentially A Revolutionary.” (Adam Clymer, “House Revolutionary,” The New York Times, 8/23/92) “Philosophically, I Am Very Different From Normal Politicians … We Have Big Ideas.” (Andrew Ferguson, “What Does Newt Gingrich Know?” The New York Times, 6/29/11) “I Have An Enormous Personal Ambition. I Want To Shift The Entire Planet. And I’m Doing It. … I Represent Real Power.” (Lois Romano, “Newt Gingrich, Maverick On The Hill,” The Washington Post, 1/3/85) “I First Talked About [Saving Civilization] In August Of 1958.” (Robert Draper, “He's Baaack!” GQ, 8/05) “Over My Years In Public Life, I Have Become Known As An ‘Ideas Man.’” (Andrew Ferguson, “What Does Newt Gingrich Know?” The New York Times, 6/29/11) “I Am The Longest Serving Teacher In The Senior Military, 23 Years Teaching One And Two-Star Generals And Admirals The Art Of War.” (GOP Presidential Candidates Debate, 12/15/11)

TheSychophant on Gingrich:

Newt is an unmitigated narcissistic megalomaniac. (LJW, 1-20-13)

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beatrice 2 years, 3 months ago

Hell hath no fury like a Republican presidential candidate's second wife scorned.

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Agnostick 2 years, 3 months ago

To paraphrase Ol' Bill... The speaker doth protest too much, methinks.

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jaywalker 2 years, 3 months ago

In total agreement with bea and Sych: this is the best they can come up with?

As to Gingrich and this mess: I couldn't care less. I'm just sick and tired of candidacy being predicated on everyone else's projection of what that individuals' morality should or ought to be. Now, there's no doubt Republican's should have abandoned the family values plank loooong ago, if for no other reason than someone with a rational brain copped a clue and realized that men are men, men with power are often corrupt, and that corruption is most often displayed in their morality. So they have no one else to blame for perpetuating that charade.

But the tabloid-ization of these campaigns is ridiculous. And their timing almost always seems suspicious. Yes, I believe morality should be considered for a candidate, it just shouldn't be THE consideration. That being said, I can't see a scenario where I could vote for Gingrich anyway. I appreciate he's the only speaker to balance the budget, but the ethics violations, fines, and relationship with Freddie Mac are too much to overcome for me. I'm more appalled by the wanton hypocrisy he personified by excoriating Clinton than his own affairs themselves.

We need someone who can run this country, economically and diplomatically. What has transpired between them and their wives has nothing to do with that whatsoever. Not that I care what others think, it's still telling that a good portion of the rest of the world regards our wielding of the "Morality Ax" in our political process akin to a backwater reality show. It's just sad that such a crucial election, with ramifications worldwide, has been boiled down to the shallow depth of an American Idol vote: do we like them and do they look and sound good on TV? This will once again be proven true next November when the President is re-elected. I believe if the GOP had someone as likable, attractive, and gifted a speaker as the President, they'd win in a landslide. And that's pathetic.

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its_just_math 2 years, 3 months ago

Loved how Gingrich went back at John King last night. I agree, to start a presidential debate with that is reprehensible. But, that's the state of affairs in the intellectually bankrupt liberal Obamamania lamestream media.

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beatrice 2 years, 3 months ago

I love how the defense of Gingrich is to blame the media and say, "But ... but ... Clinton! But ... but ... Obama!"

The Republicans have fought hard for the social conservative base. Is it anyone else's fault if one of their top members practiced an open marriage, even if his wife didn't want one?

I know, I know -- "But ... but ... the media!"

In an election that Republicans could conceivably win, it is amazing that these are their best candidates.

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grammaddy 2 years, 3 months ago

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Bob Forer 2 years, 3 months ago

CNN’s John King is an absolute idiot. At the moment Matt Drudge leaked news of Newt’s alleged open marriage request, it was no longer a bombshell. Like any experienced, savvy politician, Newt was prepared, and, in fact, loaded for bear. Instead of deferring to Mitt or Rick, who had both the perceived moral authority and the motivation to call Newt to task over his unmitigated hypocrisy on issues of family values, King thought he, rather than the nominees, was the story, and fancied himself smart enough to take Newt on mano-a-mano. The result: an epic face plant for John King.

Once Newt’s sanctimonious, theatrical, and well-rehearsed response precipitated thunderous applause from the audience, Newt’s opponents were smart (or cowardly) enough to 86 their planned attacks on Newt’s duplicitous and well-known reputation as a serial adulterer. The issue never came up again.

Yes, Newt is a clever boy. But he’s not smart. At least, he is not smart enough to control his arrogance. I would characterize him as a dumb person’s idea of what a smart person sounds like. Newt should have stopped at the word despicable. Ending a sound bite with a five dollar word would have been smart. But his arrogance got the best of him. Just like Bill-I did not have sex with THAT woman--Clinton, Newt became so full of himself that he continued in his sanctimony and vehemently denied the allegations and defied the alligator. Brave, and perhaps reckless. But certainly not smart. Most alligators bite back. Lucky for Newt that John King is a dolt.

Were I asking the questions, my follow up would have been. So, Mr. Gingrich, instead of asking your wife for permission to have extra-marital sex, you simply didn’t bother to ask and just did it anyway. Why is that better?

Newt’s bravado might play well in the three-ring circus known as the Republican primary, especially in a backwater state like South Carolina. But I know Barack Obama. I watched his meteoric ascendancy to the highest and most powerful office in the world. I’ve admired his intelligence, his quick wit, and his brilliantly biting tongue. And I’ve got news for you Newt: Mitt and Rick--they’re no Barack Obama.

You try that same type of stunt on Barack if and when you secure the nomination, and he’ll stick it up your behind and break it off, and he’ll do it intelligently, cleverly, and politely--and with a smile.

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its_just_math 2 years, 3 months ago

If nothing else, watching the unhinged left obsess and perpetuate this storyline of Fox News being "fake" news (need to look to The Daily Show for that although he's taken seriously by the unhinged left while lampooning the news ) to soothe their fear of Fox News is priceless-----absolutely priceless. Who may I ask, needs to get a clue. You lefties are a hoot!

We know. Fox News has turned the liberal elite establishment media on it's head. All you need to do is look at the ratings. Oh! But the lefty zealots say, "Oh, yea. It's ratings. That's all Fox News cares about, not the truth". Sorry, does not pass muster---that lame excuse.

Laughing at you, not with you.

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Chris Golledge 2 years, 3 months ago

I thought Republicans were generally against "redefining" marriage.

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pace 2 years, 3 months ago

I don't care about Newt's sex life or romances or personal relationships. I don't care about Clintons, or almost anyones. I can see why some people care and that is their choice or view point. I don't. I am sick of all the sex life on the ballot. It isn't like they are being elected to be porn king. If everybody's job performance was based on rather they were a faithful husband or wife then we would see a lot worse unemployment . . I do care about economy jobs, foreclosures, national security, and fair law and taxes. If someone can do their job, does it honestly and well, don't ask me to stand between him or her and their partners and discuss their relationships and sexual issues. Enough.

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Bob Forer 2 years, 3 months ago

Well, as I see it, he either asked his wife for permission to have extra-marital sex, or he didn't bother to ask and just did it anyway. Why is that better?

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BornAgainAmerican 2 years, 3 months ago

Is anyone else tired of the grilling going on with the Republican candidates? How about a little equal time for The Annointed One? Where was the grilling for Obama's admitted cocaine use or his ties to Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright? Is hard drug use no longer considered a character flaw when considering a candidate for POTUS? How about close associations with domestic terrorists who have bombed buildings and violently advocated overthrow of the United States government? Does a candidate for POTUS sit in a pew every Sunday for 20 years and listen to a racist minister spew hate and venom against white devils? Have we forgotten about the 32 czars this President appointed? Many of these czars have documented ties to radical socialist and communist elements in this country. How about a little equal time to explore the character and associations of one who appears to be a greater threat to the future of this country than any of the Republican wannabes.

How about JFK and Bill Clinton? Were they bad Presidents because they were womanizers? How about Martin Luther King? Did his womanizing diminish his ability to lead a movement? Maybe the American voting public needs to think about where the liberal media is leading them and start thinking for themselves. Do not allow a liberal biased media to do your thinking for you.

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verity 2 years, 3 months ago

One does have to wonder about the $500,000 to one million dollar bill the Gingerichs ran up at Tiffany's. I can't say this from experience, but I've heard it told that expensive jewelry is the way men pay for their transgressions.

"Callista Gingrich was spotted browsing in a Tiffany store in Leesburg Pike, Va., over the weekend [of October 25, 2011] while her husband, Newt, ordered sparkling wine at a restaurant next door, the Washington Post reports." (from the ABC News website)

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Roland Gunslinger 2 years, 3 months ago

How sad is this world that two women have to fight over Newt Gingrich?

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appleaday 2 years, 3 months ago

And I'm still trying to figure out Newt's claim that all of this is because of how deeply he loves America.

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Bob Forer 2 years, 3 months ago

We heterosexuals have screwed up the institution of marriage enough. Time to give gay folks a chance and see if they can do any better.

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beatrice 2 years, 3 months ago

I have to say, first time I saw Callista Gingrich I thought, why is Newt hanging out with Cindy McCain?

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Number_1_Grandma 2 years, 3 months ago

Newt has strange views of 'family' values.

The only chance the republicans have to beating Obama is without Newt. I would be willing to vote republican/independent if anyone other than Newt makes it as the nomination. Newt has been in congress too long and is part of the problem!

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tange 2 years, 3 months ago

"He has said before, privately and publicly, that he regrets any pain he may have caused in the past to people he loves."

Here...

"He has said before, privately and publicly, that he regrets any pain he may have caused in the past to people he LEAVES."

... fixed.

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verity 2 years, 3 months ago

"Marianne Gingrich, who was Gingrich's second wife, said Gingrich told her 'Callista doesn't care what I do.'"

Yeah, that's what they always say. You can take it to the bank that Newt was telling Callista, "Marianne knows about you and she doesn't care. I haven't had sex with Marianne since 1985." And Callista is going to be surprised when she finds out that Newt is still getting it on the side. "I thought I was special and our relationship was different. He told me he never really loved either of his first two wives."

Though actually that look on Callista's face could be saying, "I'm being blackmailed. Get me out of here."

What kind of odds would you give me?

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Phoenixman 2 years, 3 months ago

Now the media wants to put some kind of moral value on the institution of marriage? Can you say "hypocrite" ?

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 3 months ago

Nice play by Newt. He's pulling out all the stops. This should be a resume' enhancement for the Independent/Liberal vote.

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Beth Ennis 2 years, 3 months ago

and I would say that his daughters comments might be "suspect" given that it is their father who is running for President of the United States. Hmmm.......

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Les Blevins 2 years, 3 months ago

Newt was saying to his wife, look dear, it's my way or the highway. Elect any Republican as president and along with a Republican controlled Congress they will tell us the same thing. On the other hand I sense President Obama has been a bit too timid for his own good, and could have looked somewhat better if he had been firmer with the other side and not all so willing to compromise. Still he has been able to bring us back from the brink quite a bit.

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