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Newt rips media after being asked about ex-wife open marriage claim

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CHARLESTON, SC--GOP White House hopeful Newt Gingrich ripped into the media in general and CNN debate host John King in particular at the Thursday CNN debate after being asked about an interview his ex-wife gave about his desire to have an "open marriage."

King started off the debate asking about the interviews Marianne Gingrich--his second wife--gave. "As you know, your ex-wife gave an interview to ABC News and another interview with The Washington Post, and this story has now gone viral on the Internet. In it, she says that you came to her in 1999, at a time when you were having an affair. She says you asked her, sir, to enter into an open marriage. Would you like to take some
time to respond to that?

Gingrich said, "No." After a pause he added, "but I will."

"I think -- I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office. And I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that," Gingrich said.

...Every person in here knows personal pain.

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