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Gingrich admits to extramarital affair


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Well, don't see a thread on this yet....

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070309/ap_on_...gingrich_affair

WASHINGTON - 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.

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"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 political goals.

I'm going to stay out of the discussion for now. Wait and see how things go, you know?

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"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. "

this is so wrong on so many levels...

1. he married his FORMER HIGH SCHOOL GEOMETRY TEACHER. enough said.

2. he divorced her while she was trying to beat cancer. what kind of a jerk... ugh.

3. he also cheated on her while she had cancer. talk about being uncaring.

i don't see how this man can call himself a christian or even a decent person for that matter!!! he's nothing but a hypocrite, and a bad one at that. :angry:

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old news really, only thing new is he's talking about it some?

I like most of his ideas, but wouldn't vote for him.

his congressional career ended with the Martin's recording of his private phone call. *That's* what did it.

personally I don't see him as a strong contender, Guliani and Romny are the ones they seem to be pushing. Won't vote for either of them either. Probably gonna be Ron Paul write in on my ballot.

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*shivers* who would ever want to have any kind of affair with him? eeeuaghch...

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i don't see how this man can call himself a christian or even a decent person for that matter!!! he's nothing but a hypocrite, and a bad one at that. :angry:

I dont see how he couldnt call himself a Christian lol. OK well maybe if his affair was a homosexual one or with a prostitute or he was on drugs could he call himself a real Christian.

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Hypocrite to the end. That is the problem that I have had with the right wing taking on the holier than though position against everyone else... I didn't like what Clinton did, but in the grand scheme of things it was not worth escalating it to the fiasco it became, especially considering the folks that lead the charge against him had their own skeletons in their closet.

Both the left and right spend an inordinate amount of time trying to keep themselves in power and soiling their opposition to hopefully gain that much more control. There is no honor left in the government; it is all wrangling to better what is in their own interest at the expense of the American citizen. They are all corrupt and hypocritical; this is a great example.

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*shivers* who would ever want to have any kind of affair with him? eeeuaghch...

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:rofl:

1. he married his FORMER HIGH SCHOOL GEOMETRY TEACHER. enough said.

I don't know... My english teacher was quite a hottie. Can't say I blame him too much :P

2. he divorced her while she was trying to beat cancer. what kind of a jerk... ugh.

3. he also cheated on her while she had cancer. talk about being uncaring.

When you're not happy; you're not happy. I bet the problems where before there long before she had cancer. Just because she had cancer doesn't mean she was a good/loving person. I've seen sick/disabled people who were complete a-holes. I treated them the same way they treated me.

More to Gingrich... *shrugs* He's just testing the waters to see if he can be forgiven by the christian right, to see if he can run for president. This confession didn't come out of remorse but out of greed. Quite pathetic.

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"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. "

this is so wrong on so many levels...

1. he married his FORMER HIGH SCHOOL GEOMETRY TEACHER. enough said.

2. he divorced her while she was trying to beat cancer. what kind of a jerk... ugh.

3. he also cheated on her while she had cancer. talk about being uncaring.

i don't see how this man can call himself a christian or even a decent person for that matter!!! he's nothing but a hypocrite, and a bad one at that. :angry:

There is no greater evil today than the modern day Pharisees and Sadducees, of which Newt is a part. The Republicans shall not return to the national stage until doomsday, and then only in replays of happier times. They are replaced instead,

by [a single man.]

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