January 19th, 2012
02:06 AM ET

Gingrich's daughters defend him ahead of ABC interview with his ex-wife

Newt Gingrich's adult daughters are coming to their father's defense ahead of a potentially damaging interview with his second wife scheduled to air two days before the Republican South Carolina primary.

The Gingrich campaign released a "Memo to ABC News Leadership" from daughters Kathy Lubbers and Jackie Cushman. The memo addresses reports Wednesday evening of the network's extensive interview with the Republican presidential candidate's ex-wife.

CNN confirmed with ABC News that the interview with Marianne Gingrich is scheduled to run Thursday evening on "Nightline."


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    I would never base my decision to vote for a candidate on what his divorced wife said.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    I would never base my decision on wether or not he's a cheater?.

    January 19, 2012 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
    • John Galt

      They all cheat.. powerful men have powerful thirsts. Also in an America with decreasing marriage and more than 50% divorce and even higher infidelity who cares? I just want to know if he can lead the nation NOT pick him as the man to marry my daughter or sister.

      January 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Even getting caught cheating on a final exam can end a HS student's scholastic political carreer. The student who cheats has a hard time becoming class president. Such is not the case with grown-ups. Right, Joey?

    January 19, 2012 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    Hi Joey. Hi Philip. Then I guess what the daughters say should be dismissed also. I just have a hard time believing a man who called Clinton out at the same time he was doing the hanky panky at the same time. I think they call that a hypocrite.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. bigwilliestyles

    Wonderful. The face of right-wing racism and hypocrisy called out on national television by the ex-spouse that he cheated on. You better believe that I will give weight to what she has to say; its the daughters, trying to save the old man's candidacy, that get the bs pin.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pickled Eye of Newt

    Soon we will set the record straight.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bigwilliestyles

    "Powerful men have powerful thirsts". The purest bull. Actually, s,e,xual promiscuity among adult males i

    January 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bigwilliestyles

    "Powerful men have powerful thirsts". The purest bull. Actually, s,e,xual promiscuity among adult males is driven by feelings of s,e,xual inadequacy, coupled with a stunted level of maturity and personal growth. But I bet you thought that corny line sounded really dramatic, huh?

    January 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ John Galt:
    I'm happy to see that some writer on this board knows your nom de plume and would choose it.
    Thanks for the memories.

    January 20, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ Philip:
    You did not convince me to change my position on the relevance of Gingrich's former wife's opinion regarding his ability to lead a country.
    Actually, I probably would not vote for him, but his marriage is none of my business.
    If he came to my city and married a man, that still would not alter my opinion of his ability to make decisions regarding our nation's economy, which is certainly our main concern.
    Marital fidelity is not, to me, an election issue.

    January 20, 2012 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ Scottish Mama:
    You wrote, "I just have a hard time believing a man who..."
    I don't "believe" any of them.
    I don't "believe" the presidential candidate for whom I plan to vote, and to whose campaign I contribute money, Obama.
    Leaders cannot tell the public everything exactly as it is.
    Also, a good leader is in it for himself, and he will get the most done for the good of the people if he works extremely well for his own interests and reputation.
    Napoleon and Alexander the Great are examples of good leaders. Jimmy Carter made a bad president, but I think he would be a generous, kind, and well-versed Sunday School teacher, leading Bible study.
    I think that Obama will be a good president again. He will do a better job than would any Republican trying to get into the White House.
    I don't have to "believe" Obama, or even like him. I simply choose him.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Scottish Mama

    My reply was incomplete at best. I think a history of cheating when the tough gets going. His 1st wife had cancer, 2nd had MS, I think if you cheat on both because of your own s88ual needs when a loved one is sick, you tend to have a pattern of a cut and run issue. No staying power, to the completion of an end to a trial in your life. On a whim, so to speak.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |