this is Broder's law. The late David Broder said anyone who will do
what you have to do to become president shouldn't be allowed to be
AMANPOUR: Well, no sane person, maybe, but also nobody whose wife
is so opposed to it? I mean, it's been written about all week, hasn't
it, in all these different newspapers, about how much of a nonpolitical
spouse is Cheri Daniels.
WALTER: Right. And Haley Barbour had the same issue, too, which is
when you've been in this context, they have both been at the NFL level,
they know what it takes to play at that level and they know the
consequences for their family. There's no naivete there. So I think
that is a really serious and true concern of his and his family. But
it's also hard -- I mean, I agree with George about that he does have
plenty of time. This is not -- it's not too late for him to get in.
The question, though, is, if he does decide to get in, will he still
feel as strongly, internally, once this race gets going? And it's just
very hard to be pulled into a race. I find that candidates--
ROBERTS: The fire in the belly has absolutely got to be there. I
mean, you heard Mike Huckabee, my hear says, no, no, no, it's now a
country music song I'm sure.
But on the life question, this has been part of the American
politics since the very beginning. Dolly Madison was accused of being
overly sexed and unsexing James Madison. And worse things were said but
I can't say them on a Sunday morning television show. But they are not --
ROBERTS: I'll tell you later, but they were in the newspapers,
however. So that's been part of the game from the beginning.
AMANPOUR: Let me ask you about that, because around the world,
people look at the American race and they see a lot of emphasis on
families, on various issues that we're talking about. Mitch Daniels and
his wife, they were divorced, she married, she came back, they
remarried. And of course, Newt Gingrich who has just got in is spending
a lot of time having to talk about his third wife and these multiple
Let me just play that and then we'll talk about whether this is
going to be an issue this year.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
GINGRICH: There are things I did in the past I'm not proud of. I
have had to go to God and ask for forgiveness and to seek
reconciliation. But if you measure who I am, what I've learned, how I
live my life, and you look at my close relationship with my two
daughters, my close relationship with my grandchildren, the kind of
marriage that Callista and I have, I hope people will look at who I've
grown into, what I've learned, and decide that I'm someone that they can
trust with the presidency.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
AMANPOUR: So that was to Jorge Ramos at Univision. Convincing?
Relevant? Does he have to go out there and say that?
ROBERTS: Well, he has to go out there and say that, but I'm not
sure it is going to convince anybody. You know, having three wives and
having left two of them in somewhat unpleasant circumstances, to put it
mildly, and three religions, the most recent of which is Catholicism,
and there's an awful lot of divorced Catholics who are very pained by
this situation, of their own divorce, and feeling like they can't be
Catholic. And to have this sudden new Catholic with three wives is not
going to play well with them.
AMANPOUR: And beyond that, obviously Newt Gingrich does consider