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Ex-Wife Marianne Gingrich Interview To Air Before Primary; Gingrich Daughters Respond

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Last Edited: January 19, 2012, 1:53 am

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Drudge Report began teasing political reporters Wednesday that a network's holding a "bombshell campaign interview." And soon, Drudge revealed  that the network in question, ABC, had conducted a two-hour interview with Marianne Gingrich, ex-wife of Newt Gingrich, that may not run until after the South Carolina primary. The decision, Drudge reported, sparked a "civil war" at the network.

ABC staffers were caught by surprise at the news, telling The Huffington Post that if there was a "civil war," they hadn't heard about it. That doesn't mean there wasn't any debate among ABC executives over when to air the interview, but simply that the war certainly wasn't raging through the newsroom.

It also looks like the interview will air before Saturday's South Carolina primary after all. One ABC insider said that the Gingrich interview, conducted with Brian Ross, will likely air on Thursday's "Nightline."

Marianne Gingrich, the former Speaker's second wife, of 18 years, hasn't been shy about her feelings toward her ex-husband's presidential ambitions, telling Esquire in 2010 that there's "no way."

"He could have been president," she said. "But when you try and change your history too much, and try and recolor it because you don't like the way it was or you want it to be different to prove something new ... you lose touch with who you really are. You lose your way."

"He believes that what he says in public and how he lives don't have to be connected," Gingrich added, in the Esquire interview. "If you believe that, then yeah, you can run for president."

In the Esquire interview, Marianne also dismisses the conversion to Catholicism during his current, and third, marriage. She said it "has no meaning."

It's unclear who leaked the story to Drudge -- perhaps an ABC staffer who didn't want the interview to possibly get held until next week or rival campaign operative hoping to get Gingrich's baggage front-and-center on the influential conservative aggregator. Whoever the source, they got the political tongues wagging just 72 hours before the primary.

Gingrich's two daughters from his first marriage pushed back Wednesday, writing in a letter to the network's leadership that "ABC News or other campaigns may want to talk about the past, just days before an important primary election [but] Newt is going to talk to the people of South Carolina about the future."

The Gingrich daughters' letter, provided to The Huffington Post, is below:

To: ABC News Leadership
From: Kathy Lubbers, Jackie Cushman
Date: January 18, 2012

The failure of a marriage is a terrible and emotional experience for 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. He has said before, privately and publicly, that he regrets any pain he may have caused in the past to people he loves.

ABC News or other campaigns may want to talk about the past, just days before an important primary election. But Newt is going to talk to the people of South Carolina about the future -- about job creation, lower taxes, and about who can defeat Barack Obama by providing the sharpest contrast to his damaging, extreme liberalism. We are confident this is the conversation the people of South Carolina are interested in having.

Our father is running for President because of his grandchildren -- so they can inherit the America he loves. To do that, President Obama must be defeated. And as the only candidate in the race, including Obama, who has actually helped balance the national budget, create jobs, reform welfare, and cut taxes and spending, Newt felt compelled to run -- to serve his country and safeguard his grandchildren's future.

Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/18/abc-marianne-gingrich-interview_n_1214814.html?ref=media#s350963&title=Tiffanys_Bill

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Comments

1.
Comment by Starr920 - January 19, 2012, 1:59 am
Not a fan of NG but this interview sounds like a low down dirty desperate move by ABC. NG's personal history is well known - why the need to drag out a bitter ex-wife at this point?
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time*treatComment by time*treat - January 19, 2012, 7:09 am
Bad Ex. Go away. If she were running for office and it was NG giving the interview, he'd be dismissed by the press as "bitter, for being dumped".
3.
Comment by Starr920 - January 19, 2012, 7:28 am
I agree, Time*Treat - airing this interview of a bitter ex-wife is a real bone head move by ABC - will accomplish nothing more than expose the network's extreme bias against Gringrich.
4.
TenajComment by Tenaj - January 19, 2012, 7:42 am
This will be interesting.
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Comment by Starr920 - January 19, 2012, 8:55 am
Thanks for your comment, Tenaj :)) But I have to say there's nothing interesting about interviewing about a bitter ex-wife, mistress, etc.   She is a non-factor to NG's campaign and, ultimately, if they chose to run the interview, will be an embarrassment to the ABC network.
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TenajComment by Tenaj - January 19, 2012, 10:37 am
There ain't no non-factors when running for president.   Politics don't roll like dat.

They will run the interview on Dateline tonight.
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Comment by Starr920 - January 19, 2012, 2:04 pm
Tenaj, I have to disagree - what's she gonna tell us about NG that we don't already know - he cheated on her - left her for another woman - believes his own hype - thinks he'd be the best president ever! No surprise there. Now what would be a surprise is if she had nothing but good things to say about her ex-husband - now that would be a bombshell interview! But then I doubt ABC would be interested in airing that kind of interview.
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rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - January 19, 2012, 10:48 pm
jan-jan hates anybody who's white. If Newt was black, she'd be sticking up for him. She's just a hypocrite with zero credibility anymore. Total racist.

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