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INTERVIEW Newt’s Ex-Wife Slams His Morals Charles Rex Arbogast / AP Photo

Newt’s Ex-Wife Slams His Morals

Newt Gingrich’s ex-wife told ABC News that the Republican presidential candidate lacked the proper moral character to be president. In an interview that will air Thursday night on Nightline, Marianne Gingrich said her ex-husband had sought an “open marriage” when he admitted that he was having a six-year affair with his current wife, Callista. Marianne said Gingrich conducted his affair from “my bedroom in our apartment in Washington” during the time he led the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton—a time when Marianne defended his ethics. She said Newt proceeded with the divorce only months after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, when a doctor had advised she not have any stress. At the time of the divorce, Marianne said Gingrich told her that Callista was “going to help him become president.”

January 19, 2012 10:48 AM