Video- Newt Gingrich confronted by student over affairs

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I want to give that gal a big fat hug.

(CNN) – Newt Gingrich was forced to wade into the thorny matter of his personal life Tuesday night during a forum at the University of Pennsylvania.

In a question-and-answer session, Isabel Friedman, a student at the university who's also Democratic activist, pressed Gingrich on how he squares his pro-family values with the fact he has been married three times and has admitted to two extramarital affairs.

"You adamantly oppose gay rights... but you've also been married three times and admitted to having an affair with your current wife while you were still married to your second," Friedman said, in comments first reported by Politico. "As a successful politician who's considering running for president, who would set the bar for moral conduct and be the voice of the American people, how do you reconcile this hypocritical interpretation of the religious values that you so vigorously defend?"

(snip)

"I've had a life which, on occasion, has had problems," said Gingrich. "I believe in a forgiving God, and the American people will have to decide whether that's their primary concern."

"If the primary concern of the American people is my past, my candidacy would be irrelevant," he continued. "If the primary concern of the American people is the future . . . that's a debate I'll be happy to have."

Gingrich has admitted to cheating on his second wife in the late 1990's with the woman who is now his wife. He's also acknowledged having an affair with the woman who became his second wife while he was married to his first wife.

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  • Jeff

    scumbag

  • HarborGuy

    “I believe in a forgiving God, and the American people will have to decide whether that’s their primary concern.”

    Don't ya just love the "I BELIEVE..." part. It is now the easy out for all these Crooked RushThugs and Mean T.HaterBaggers to just skate on eveything.

    Outrageous.

  • Anonymous

    Oh Newty, you are a so as I say, not as I do hypocrit. You lie and you cheat. Americans don't care what you did. Just don't come off as some family VALUES proponent when you have none (family values). May questions about you affairs and marriages haunt your every stop, your every interview. My advice to you is to sit 2012 out to prevent dragging the poor women who were dumb enough to marry you from being dragged through the mud of your deciet.

  • http://twitter.com/T_P_K T_P_K

    Yeah, he's right, God is a "forgiving God." But whoa upon those dickwads who presume on Divine Mercy... like you, Newton Leroy.

  • Walt

    As John Dean pointed out in his most excellent book, "Conservatives Without Conscience," Newt Gingrich is a sociopath who is getting away with his mental illness.