ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:
Newt Gingrich has an explanation for his well-publicized personal failings: he worked too hard.
In an interview last night with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Gingrich offered his most extensive comments yet on a tumultuous personal life that includes three marriages and an affair with a Congressional aide (now his wife) who is 23 years younger than him.
Sounding a little like newly minted college graduate asked by a job interviewer to name his greatest weakness, Gingrich says, is that his great passion for his country caused him to work too hard.
"There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate," Gingrich told CBN's David Brody.
More: "And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn't trapped in situational ethics, I was doing things that were wrong and yet I was doing them."
Gingrich says he has asked for and received God's forgiveness.
"I do believe in a forgiving God. And I think most people, deep down in their hearts, hope there's a forgiving God,” he said. “Somebody once said that when we are young, we seek justice, but as we get older, we seek mercy. There's something to that, I think."
On a different note, answers.com advises interviewees to never say "I work too hard" when asked about weaknesses:
"It's a cliche, completely transparent, and rarely makes the desired impression,” according to the website.