Gingrich Campaign: Newt Was Wrong

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Republican presidential candidate former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R), next to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, makes a point during the opening question of a debate at the North Charleston Coliseum January 19, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. The debate, hosted by CNN and the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, is the final debate before South Carolina voters head to the polls for their primary January 21.

When asked by CNN's John King at the South Carolina debate about his ex-wife, Marianne's, recent interview with ABC, Newt Gingrich insisted that her story, about him wanting an open marriage, was false and that his campaign had offered several witnesses to ABC to counter the story. The campaign has now admitted that this is actually not true. Although earlier in the week, Gingrich had called ABC's claim that they'd been given no real witnesses "just plain baloney," it was actually the candidate who was mistaken. Campaign secretary R.C. Hammond confirmed Wednesday that the only people to offer ABC a disagreement with Marianne's story were Newt's two daughters, both regular campaign fixtures, and that Gingrich's assertions were inaccurate.