Newt Gingrich: Ex-Wife's Interview Fallout

Presidential candidate slams his ex's claims during the South Carolina debate.
3:40 | 01/20/12

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-- politics your voice your vote and one of the most tumultuous days of this presidential campaign was capped last night by a rollicking debate in South Carolina. The candidates went at each other and the media. Shaking up the race ahead of tomorrow's vote for -- -- John Berman covered at all and John Newt Gingrich came into -- -- -- debate last night with momentum he had that endorsement. From Rick Perry as well but he also to confront these revelations from his ex wife. -- good morning -- -- Nixon metaphors here this was -- nuclear debate on steroids. The first chance for Gingrich to respond -- -- ex wife's interview with our Brian Ross. A -- past infidelity. And it was simply electric and all this just hours before we'll could be decisive votes in South Carolina. ABC news it was the very first question of the debate and what did you Gingrich -- his ex wife's allegations about infidelity. You didn't respond with an answer Clinton in a rough she's. The distracting. Vicious. Negative nature. Of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country harder to attract these should be able to run for public office. And I am -- Paul. That you would Begin a presidential debate. On a topic. This was the topic he was referring to an interview one -- -- overnight with ABC's Brian Ross. -- -- -- second wife Mary and discuss their breakup. Claiming Gingrich wanted to life with the white. And mystery. It's it well he was asking to have an open marriage and I refused. He wanted an open marriage that I accept the fact that he he had somebody else and has life. And you said. Now. That is -- -- Gingrich who denied -- He seeks highly -- the story is false every personal friend I have who knew less an -- -- the story was false. Gingrich's daughters from his first marriage also -- -- the story we spoke with -- father he said that that is simply untrue. That could speak to the delight of the crowd Gingrich used his ex wife's allegations as ammunition in his war against the media. I am tired of the elite media protecting Barack Obama by -- The debate was in full of sparks -- Rick Santorum bashing both Mitt Romney and Gingrich on killer here. I've been fighting for health reform. Private sector bottom up the way America works best. For twenty years when these two guys were playing footsie with the west a Santorum is also advancing deep -- -- in -- -- -- -- -- -- Yeah. About loving -- -- head at times -- just -- to you know sort of that you know. Worrisome moment. Net net something's gonna pop and we can't afford that a nominee Mitt Romney who's been explored on criticism of his career and -- -- had -- had a strange at a stays like this for Republicans having to describe how private equity and venture capital work another successful and how they create jobs. We on the subject of his tax returns -- multimillionaires that he would release them by April but when asked if he would include several years that the audience and didn't like -- -- -- Maybe I'll take a look at what the the -- what I read documents are. -- Now I was speaking to the campaigns overnight and you get the sense -- the role waking up this morning going what's just happened. In the last 24 hours we -- Rick Santorum won Iowa that Rick Perry was dropping out in in this debate last night with -- Gingrich moment. In -- somehow knew manages to win South Carolina that would mean we've had three contests with three winners George lot of surprises -- again thanks for my.

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