Several weeks before US presidential race in 2012, the former speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich launched a website for his campaign and there were many questions mentioning his divorce from first wife Jackie Bettley. As a result, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, one of two his children with Jackie Battley had to speak up to defend for her dad. However it seems that Newt Gingrich’s problems with his martial status have not come to an end. On January 19, 2012, just two days before the GOP’s South Carolina Primary, Newt Gingrich’s second wife Marianne Gingrich had a two-hour interview with ABC News talking the story behind her split-up from Newt Gingrich in 2000. Marianne said she first heard from the former speaker about the divorce request as she was waiting in the home of her mother on May 11, 1999, her mother’s 84th birthday. Over the phone, as she was having dinner with her mother, Newt Gingrich said, “I want a divorce.”
Marianne Gingrich is the second wife of US Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. They married on August 8, 1981 in Ohio and separated in June 1987. After having separate residences for six years, Newt and Marianne reportedly reconciled and their marriage ended in divorce in 2000.
Former US Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich (R) sat with his wife, Marianne (C) and his mother, Kathleen during a church service 04 January, 1995, in Washington
Newt Gingrich and his ex-wife Marianne Gingrich during a speech for his supporters in Washington in 1998.
In an interview for the September 2010 issue of Esquire, Marianne Gingrich spoke out about Newt Gingrich for the first time in public after the divorce. She said “there is no way” Newt Gingrich will be the next US president.
In January 2012, Marianne Gingrich had an exclusive interview on ABC News talking the story behind her divorce from Newt Gingrich in 2000. She revealed Newt Gingrich requested her "an open marriage" during his affair with his current spouse Callista Gingrich in the 1990s.
Marianne Gingrich said Newt lacks the moral character to serve as President “How could he ask me for a divorce on Monday and within 48 hours give a speech on family values and talk about how people treat people?" Many people predict Marianne’s interview can damage Newt Gingrich’s chances in South Carolina Primary.
Marianne Gingrich’s exclusive interview on ABC on January 19, 2012.
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