Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich asked Marianne Gingrich to have an "open marriage" after admitting an affair with the congressional aid to whom he is is now married, Marianne told ABC News. "I said to him, 'Newt, we've been married a long time,' and he said, ‘Yes, but you want me all to yourself. Callista doesn't care what I do,'" she said in a clip promoting on the interview on the ABC website. "He was asking to have an open marriage and I refused." Wednesday evening, Drudge Report broke the story that ABC News had filmed the interview, but was debating whether to air it before Saturday's South Carolina primary. Soon after, an ABC source confirmed that they indeed filmed such an interview and that it would "likely" air on ABC's Nightline Thursday.
Gingrich campaign spokesman RC Hammond released a letter addressed to ABC News by Gingrich's daughters Kathy Lubbers and Jackie Cushman defending the Republican candidate:
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… 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...We are confident this is the conversation the people of South Carolina are interested in having.
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