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January 22nd, 2012
08:11 PM ET

Gingrich slams open marriage question

"Tonight's Truth" – CNN's John King explains his take on Speaker Gingrich's response to his opening question at the Southern Republican Presidential Debate.

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  1. p marin

    He doth protest too much..he's a liar...plain and simple ..also a hypocrite and a loose cannon.

    January 22, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
  2. Pete

    Newt- shut the f*** up ! Your running for The President,ya know the leader of our country!!! Completely justified question for the job your applying for, also your marital relations reflect plenty of your character and integrity. Herman went through similar adversity , it's part of the process. A difficult and obviously painful baggage to lug around.! The Obama family also sets a much better example of family. This is very important for our youth and i'm sure every Republican would agree. John I believe you were just doing your job . Let's stop downplaying these conservative values ...

    January 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  3. Peter Neidle

    John King: While I respect your many years of jounalistic experiance and enjoy watching your newscasts, I believe that your question to Newt Gingrich regarding the "open marriage" issue with his second wife was nothing but sensationalism and irrelevant to any national debate. Also, your fellow newscasters agreement with your question is no more than internal family support from like minded folks. Please stay at 40,000 feet and continue to be the professional that I have come to respect. Thank you.

    January 23, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • me-a-name

      open marriage behavior is sufficient to make newt not electable

      January 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  4. BruceR

    john king should have cited the following ross perot reference in his question to newt gingrich...

    "Ross Perot pointed out, correctly in my view, that where lying is concerned you cannot separate the spheres. He did not want adulterers working for him because "any man who will lie to his wife will lie to me."* You can test this assertion by asking yourself: why wouldn't he? Because his wife is a thing to him but I am a person? There is no answer to the question likely to inspire continuing confidence in the individual. Once we know that another violated a relationship of trust and reliance, there is no moral distinction to be drawn based on the "sphere" in which the deed occurred."

    January 23, 2012 at 9:33 am |
  5. John Boy

    John I really enjoyed it when you asked newt gingrich about his wife jumpinging on the band wagon about his cheating while married,he got a taste of his own medicine.He jumped all over President Bill Clinton and his affair with monica lewinski.Great going.To bad you couldn't say,to newt,hey newt you can dish it out but you can't take it,remember how you stuck your nose into President Bill Clintons business along with his wife hillary along with the rest of your friends there in washington.

    January 23, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  6. Laurel Heathcliff

    John King had every right to ask questions about Newt Gingrich's wives. That is covered in Journalism #101.
    However, John should have been prepared for Gingrich's response. THE BEST DEFENCE IS A STRONG OFFENCE!!
    Gingrich "attacked the Messenger" and it worked..... John King backed off. I would have liked to hear Gingrich's explanation to his prolonged vicious attack on Clinton during the Monica thing....when at the same time Gingrich was also cheating on one of his wives with Calista. Hypocrisy? I think there is a stronger word than that. So now Calista might be "first lady"?? Monica's timing was off. Monica could also have been "first lady". Ever think of that?? hmmmm?? Instead she became a laughing stock. Come on time don't wimp out.
    The public has every right to know about Gingrich's past.

    January 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  7. David Bononcini

    Being the "good christian" that Sen. Santorum is, isn't it odd that he doesn't feel he has the obligation to correct a mis-statement that one of his audience participants gives? So let's see, you can listen to "crap" and accept it if you are religious and you're still a "good christian"! Talk about a total moron.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  8. Lan Hennessy

    Hi John: I am totally aggreed with you. Media should ask Newt Gingrich about his Open marriage. I think is a dishonest person, lied to his wife, immoral and have no family value, so don't bother to talk about family Value in his campaign. I don't like him and will never vote for him. Those family value will cost him if he ever ebcome a nomanee. Women hate him so much, he won't get away with it. He tried to impeach Bill Clinton while he was having afair with his misstress. I love your question and hope you ask him more about it. Men never admit he cheats on his wife (one men, 2 women at the same time = Open Marriage), but I don't supprise if that is true. If Newt won't run for president, I don't care about this issue, but he is trying to run a rigth now. Women won't forgive him for his behavor. also, he took so much money from loybylists when he was a speaker of the house, those will come back and haunted him from Democrate side later. I think your question and timing is all prefect, nothing wrong. He tried to get away by sayign it was wrong. Tell him women are still hate him for ever.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  9. Joan Pincott

    CNN invited Newt to their debate and he acts superior and patronizing. Where are his Christian Manners?????
    John King was perfectly in his right to ask Newt Gingrich about the 'open marriage' revelation. I was 'appalled' at his pompous and patronizing response. CNN is a reputable news organization with a large staff who have a vested interest in asking the questions people want to have an answer to. John King is excellent in his coverage but I wish he had put Mr. Gingrich in his place. After all, wasn't it a CNN debate? Didn't they invite him as well as the other candidates to 'the CNN debate?' Mr. Gingrich was disrespectful and ungracious as a CNN guest with his disparaging comments. Mr Gingrich should stop acking like he is appearing in a high school debate scoring points and get some etiquette training! He would have been all over the other candidates had the topic been brooched to one of his rivals.

    January 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm |