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January 19th, 2012
07:30 PM ET

Why Gingrich's ex is talking to the media

Washington Post reporter James Grimaldi explains why Marianne Gingrich came out with details about her marriage to Newt.


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  1. Roy

    In 1998-99 the House of Representatives were impeaching Pres. Clinton for lying about having sex with someone besides his wife. Newt was Speaker of the House,leading this effort. We all know he admitted that he had an affair. Apparently he didn't act like he believed Pres. Clinton was actually doing something wrong, but still prosecuted him to accomplish his political purposes. I think that is the story. Does he truly believe in scorched earth politics, and do we wnt a President who believes in scorched earth politics. My observations of him say he has not changed.

    January 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  2. vp

    STICK TO THE REAL ISSUES AND LEAD THE CANDIDATES TO EXPLAIN THE POSITIONS..ENOUGH OF THE HE SAID SHE SAID...

    January 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • Dhikusoka

      I don't think that John King was wrong to ask Newt Gingrich about his marital problems. He was right. As a conservative I believe that if you fail within a home; you may not be able to govern or rule; therefore, since Gingrich is running for the president of USA; people have a right to ask about his marital status. He blamed on Obama and democrats; what about Clinton and Monica Lewinsk's saga? Who championed his impeachment? It is Gingrich and the republicans. I also believe that Clinton was wrong but both stories deserves to be revisited. In other words the media and John King had a right to ask any question to all candidates including their marital status.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • LBar

      vp........I couldn't have said it better. So refreshing to hear from a true American.......I'm proud of you!

      January 21, 2012 at 11:44 am |
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      February 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  3. vanessa

    Bravo to you for opening the debate with nailing newt.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • Gregory8

      Vanessa, you got it all wrong, John King is in the bag for Newt. It's so obvious that even a blind person could see it. I just wonder how much Newt paid John so that he could respond with righteous indignation, knowing that it would send the conservatives into a tizzy and right into Newt's camp. There's just no way that John King could be that stupid and blunder into a setup. Newt was prepared and waiting for that question, it was like they were dancing. Well played John and Newt! But I could be wrong.

      January 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  4. RillyKewl

    Thank You, John King!! Thanks for taking it to Gingrich.
    He needs to answer for his hypocrisies. Its not just cheating on one wife after another, its the cancer-striken wife, post-op, and the recently diagnosed MS... all the while impeaching the President of the United States for a much less reprehensible version of the same thing!
    I only wish you were tougher on him. What a sanctimonious windbag.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:28 am |
    • Frank

      Couldn't agree more with this statement. I also believe that you might have been tougher on Newt. The pundits predicted that Gingrich would take an offensive posture and attack the "elite" news media for bringing up these character issues related to his former marriages so John King had to know that Newt would be lying in wait for the question. While I certainly believe in forgiveness and redemption, when the behaviour is repetitive in nature as with Newt, it smacks of a jailhouse finding of religion when convenient in this case. Plus, it is a relevant issue when someone is on one hand objecting to gay marriage as an attack on the institution of marriage and in their private life wanting to have an open marriage which certainly is not marriage between 1 man and 1 woman that he allegedly now advocates.

      January 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  5. JHarris

    John King did the right thing asking Newt about his 2nd marriage. It is already in the news and he was politely giving Newt the opportunity to defend himself. Newt pulled a classic narcisisstic manipulative move, making the person asking the question feel as if he/she is in the wrong, rather than accepting responsibiilty for past mistakes. It would have been very easy for him to calmy have said, "What my former wife said is incorrect" and to have left it at that.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:29 am |
    • LBar

      JHarris. Do you really understand the word "polite" and do you truly think that in your heart of hearts that John King was right in asking this question in front of the world? What if I were a History teacher with a room full of ninth grade high school kids whom I invited to my home to actually observe the masterful talents of a true, conservative who wants to help America get out of this mess that Pres. O has gotten us in and does not care who gets the credit for a job well done, just as long as the job gets done. Let me remind you of one thing......Mitt Romney only wants the title as President of the United States because he already has everything money can buy and this job is a TROPHY! OVAL office demands experience.

      January 21, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  6. artvet2

    Grimaldi and King – come on, you guys, try for the high road in reporting, quit chasing ambulances or looking into peoples bedrooms. You really should be embarrassed, especially Grimaldi with his "never occurred to me"response about whether Ms. ex-Gingrich was encouraged by someone. He calls himself a reporter?

    January 20, 2012 at 5:58 am |
    • Richard Kleinberger

      But the Republicans are looking into our bedrooms and trying to legislate what consenting Americans do. Conservatives cannot have it both ways. They cannot attack others and yet when it is one of their own, they quickly forget. Gingrich does not deserve any high road. He got exactly what he deserves. Unfortunately, King did not do his job and fire back.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  7. Patricia S. Dumas

    Nice work on the debate, John! I totally bow to you on your upfront decision to bring out that "elephant" in the room with Gingrich. Done like a true "Bostonian". Gingrich is a liar and a hypocrite.

    January 20, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  8. Jane

    No freedom of speech?? Obviously you do not accept a nice negative comment since you will not allow my last comment to post.

    January 20, 2012 at 10:14 am |
  9. David Pipkin

    Terrible way to begin the debate. If you had just worked so hard to check out Obama's background

    January 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  10. Sharon Vi Dal

    Thank you for asking the question. According to Gingrich... you will be forgiven.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  11. Ray

    John King, do not let Newt Gingrich's tirade dissuade you from continuing to expose these candidates for the people they really are. Newt attacked you and the media because he did not want to face the reality of the question...look what that kind of thing did to Herman Cain. These kind of questions expose Newt for the person he really is, and that is not what he wants his conservative base to see. Bravo to you for keeping these people honest. When one runs for public office, they are going to be scrutinized, and rightly so because we need to know what kind of people we are electing. Same kind of media blasts come from people like Sarah Palin...if you're going to enter the limelight...prepare to have the skeletons exit. Period.

    January 21, 2012 at 8:26 am |
  12. LosRay27

    I've been to South Carolina–met a lot of nice people near Ft. Jackson and in Charleston. Hard to understand how the good people of SC want to celebrate a serial philanderer and ultimate D.C. insider with a $330K ethics fine and plenty of suspect payments for dubious "work" because he snarls in indignation at being questioned for his poor judgment. For Newt to answer John King's horse's ass of an opening question by calling his ex a liar (esp. given his proven record of infidelities, patriotically inspired or otherwise) stinks of self-righteous hypocrisy. Suggests conservatives are easily bamboozled by anyone who blows the RIGHT kind of smoke. A sorry day for S.C.

    January 22, 2012 at 8:59 am |
  13. Taylor Brown

    considering the way the former speaker conducted himself during the Clinton presidency; considering the endless barrage from the current republican party (moral strange ground of the last 20 years); considering the position former speaker has taken almost implying that this is his first marriage (although first catholic marriage) i am stunned that the moderator let newt get away with not answering his question and appearing to embarass the moderator into submission for daring to ask. i trust you commentators at CNN watch some of the stuff you put on the air. you come across less like news reporters and more like informational commentators. you are competing with Jon Stewart for newslike. i was disappointed. for the record, i am referring to question regarding open marriage at the SC newt pep rally.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm |