Despite Marital Woes, Some Moral Supporters Stick With Gingrich

Gingrich's marital woes aren't scaring away all of his moral conservative voters.

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Newt Gingrich's marital issues may be back in the news again, but that's not stopping some religious conservatives from supporting the former House Speaker as he hopes to emerge as the top anti-Romney candidate.

Tony Jones, a pastor at the Faith Baptist Church in Walterboro—a rural area of South Carolina's lowcountry, where Gingrich came by on Thursday—said he was endorsing Gingrich despite his human flaws, including admitted infidelity.

"We're not electing a superhero, we're not electing someone who's perfect," Jones says while attending a rally in a secluded, outdoor reception area surrounded by pine trees. "We're electing the best person."

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Jones added that he admired Gingrich for admitting his problems—including infidelities—and moving on.

"They are all good guys, but in the end there's only one who's a good guy who can also best beat Obama," he says.

Gingrich's ex-wife, Marianne, is claiming in an ABC interview that Gingrich demanded either an open marriage or a divorce years ago, before the couple broke up.

Gingrich avoided any mention of his ex-wife Thursday, instead focusing on economic and environmental issues—which seem to be foremost on the minds of supporters and undecided voters who made the trip to a speech and barbecue. He was flanked by several family members, including his brother and grandson.

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Speaking at the "Lowcountry Sportsmen BBQ Dove Field," Gingrich put some emphasis on environmental issues, claiming that sportsmen and hunters cared more about conservation than environmentalists. He also blasted the Obama administration for failing to see the big picture in deciding not to move ahead with the Keystone XL pipeline. "You have a White House that not only cannot play chess, but they can't play checkers," Gingrich said. "Not only can they not play checkers, but they can't play tic-tac-toe."

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