CNN‘s John King could not resist asking Newt Gingrich  if he wanted to respond to his ex-wife Marianne Gingrich’s claim that he wanted an open marriage in the interview that was leaked yesterday.  So he led off with it.  Gingrich responds:

Transcript:

Gingrich rebukes CNN's John KingGingrich: “No, but I will, I think the destructive vicious negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office. I’m appalled you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that.”

King: “Is that all you want to say, sir?”

Gingrich: “Let me finish.  Every person in here knows personal pain. Every person in here has had someone close to them go through painful things. To take an ex-wife and make it two days before the primary, a significant question in a presidential campaign, is as close to despicable as anything i can imagine. My two daughters, my two daughters wrote the head of ABC and made the point that it was wrong, that they should pull it, and I am, frankly, astounded that CNN would take trash like that and use it to open a presidential debate.”

King: “This story did not come from our network.  As you also know, it is the subject of conversation on the campaign. I get your point, I take –”

Gingrich: “John, it was repeated by your network.  You chose to start the debate with it. Don’t blame it on somebody else. You and your staff chose to start the debate with it.”

I certainly don’t dismiss or excuse anything painful Speaker Gingrich may have said to his ex-wife, or the affair itself.  I do believe he was right to blast King over this line of questioning.  It is a despicable line of questioning for a presidential debate.   He throughout the day said he didn’t want to criticize his ex-wife.  His daughters said that the charge wasn’t true.

There are obviously valid stories and criticisms of candidates to consider, but this interview by ABC is over the top and CNN asking the subsequent question was even worse.

 

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  1. I definitely understand where you’re coming from, but I still think Newt’s behavior was unbecoming.  He came across as angry and confrontational, which makes one wonder what he’s hiding.  I think he should’ve said something humorous like, “You’re a big boy, John.  Can’t you think of a more professional way to start off a debate than that, or have you been hanging around with Jerry Springer again?”  🙂

    Newt sounded to me like he is intensely bothered by the topic, and that makes me believe that what his ex-wife says is true.  (As for his daughters, I’ve gotten the impression that they’d believe the sky is green if Daddy told them so.  😉  Going off like that at the beginning of a debate indicates hot-headed-ness, something we do not need in a Commander-in-Chief.  If he were to become the eventual nominee, the Democrats would jump all over stuff like that.  

    Even though Newt seems to be in a good position in SC at the moment, something tells me this race is far from over.  The whole primary season has been a huge roller-coaster ride, and I don’t think we’re anywhere close to being able to take off our seat belts yet.  😉  

    I get the feeling that even if Newt wins SC, he will eventually do something to sink his campaign.  It will be interesting to see what happens, but I don’t believe for a minute that Santorum can’t still win the whole thing (no matter what anyone thinks or says).  If God’s want him to be the nominee, I believe He can figure out a way to make that happen.

  2. Oh, one more thing.  There’s a solid article written today at National Review Online called “Why Newt’s Answer Was Wrong” by Nancy French.  Even though she’s a Romney supporter (hopefully that’s going out of style ;), I think her points were pretty much on target.    

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