When is the proper time to release a potentially damaging interview with one of Newt Gingrich's ex-wives?
FILE PHOTO: Newt Gingrich sits next to his now ex-wife, Marianne, in a 1995 photo.
January 19th, 2012
12:40 PM ET

When is the proper time to release a potentially damaging interview with one of Newt Gingrich's ex-wives?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

What's that phrase of which Republicans are so fond? "Family values"?

Just two days before the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich's second ex-wife is out with some tawdry details about him that suggest he has the morals of an alley cat.

In fact, Marianne Gingrich tells ABC News that Newt lacks the moral character to be president. Married to Gingrich for 18 years, says she's coming forward now so voters can know what she knows about him.

And here's what she knows:

She says Newt asked for an "open marriage" so he could have a wife and a mistress. That mistress has since become his third and current wife, Callista.

Gingrich reportedly asked Marianne if she would "share him" when he admitted to a six-year affair with Callista, who is a former congressional aide.

Keep in mind this was around the same time that Gingrich was going after President Bill Clinton for his lack of moral leadership during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Marianne says Newt asked for a divorce just months after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Gingrich divorced his first wife while she was being treated for cancer. Family values.

Meanwhile, ABC News will air the full interview tonight on "Nightline." Apparently there was disagreement at the network over the timing of the interview, given its potential effect on Saturday's primary in South Carolina.

The Drudge Report first leaked word of the interview last night –14 years and a day after Matt Drudge broke the Monica Lewinsky story.

As for Gingrich, so far his response to all this seems to be referring the press to ask his daughters about it. It's part of that whole family values thingy.

Here’s my question to you: When is the proper time to release a potentially damaging interview with one of Newt Gingrich's ex-wives?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. Elizabeth From Toronto

    NEVER. Cafferty don't stoop as low as other Journalists. Keep your dignity and humanity!

    January 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    Is there ever a proper time to admit your husband wanted an open marriage, leaving yourself open to attack, especially from the rabid right? Obviously she feels a strong responsibility to her country to try and keep him away from the White House, no matter the cost to her. That tells us something about his character, or the lack thereof actually.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  3. TomInRochNY

    Why bother, Newt will do the damaging interview himself eventually.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  4. Russ in PA

    No more than once a week, unless there are no Italian cruise ships to report on.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    January 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  5. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Have one of the republican candidates get it released. If Newt become the nominee let it come out, as Republican's like to call it, the October supervise. Every time I see Newt I envision him in a brown shirt of the 1930's spewing his "love".

    January 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  6. Josh from New Jersey

    When is a proper time? That's easy! When it will do the less damage of course would be a "proper" time. But I'm sure his ex-wife didn't think it was a proper time to ask for an affair while he was still married. So I'm sure her feeling is if this interview does damage to him...Ooops. Good show Rick!

    January 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  7. Jk from Minnesota

    When Mitt Romney releases all his tax returns for the past 6 years! Seriously, I think it's a cheap shot she'd talk now; so much time has gone plus country has known about his affairs for some time ; I find her credibility an issue for speaking now. It sounds more bitter and vengeful to me.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  8. Leah Magill

    The time to reveal hippocrisy of such magnitude is immediately. Thanks to Mariane we are hopefully spared any further deceit from Mr. Gingrich for the rest of our lives. We're all weary of these morality spouting conservatives who hide the darkest of secrets of all. Anyone noticing a pattern here?

    January 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  9. Mel from Chicago

    The interview should be released as soon as it's received. People who are considering voting for a candidate need information before they vote, not after.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  10. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    Anytime Jack. The old saying, "you reap what you sow", applies to Newt. It looks like he was sowing his wild oats not only at home, and that goes against the electorates grain.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  11. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack,There is no good time for mud throwing.When you are running for the highest office all mud is good mud.
    However Jack,in Newts case it is special mud.Old mud from the days of youre when Newt thought he was king and dreamed of the 7 virgins and knew his wife would never know.Oh lordy,the Newt stories are juicy and endless.He needs to go to the time out room.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  12. tom bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    It's not up to anyone to tell her what she can say, when, or where she can say it. Women are having their say in Afghanistan, they certainly will in America.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  13. Jill E.

    Anytime, Jack. The man is a fat little bully from the 1990's who doesn't know his time has past. We need innovative thinkers for the 21st century and this skirt-chasing hypocrite ain't it. Moral values? Yeah, right.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  14. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    If you're Newt Gingrich never. If you're a Republican do it now and get it over with. If you're a Democrat wait untl he get's the nomination.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm |

    Never! And I would say the same thing if it were an ex-wife of Obama or George Bush. ABC is sinking to a new LOW in political partisan mud slinging in the name of so called "news". Soon the media will have as low an approval rating as Congress. A pox on the House of ABC!

    January 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  16. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    Right now is wonderful, before he can get in a posistion to do damage to our freedoms and our country. Look out current Mrs. G, he's got his eye on Sarah.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  17. RickFromDetroit

    The last week of October 2012 whether he wins the GOP nomination or if he looses, as long as it makes headlines before the November election. This would be an excellent time to roust all of the Tea Party backed Republican Party.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  18. Bob in Florida

    Now would be good. It would remind us of how he harped about Clinton back in the 1990s while he was doing the same thing. It's fun to see the party of "family values" airing its own dirty laundry.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  19. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Whenever she gives the interview that is the time to release it. There are so many stories of what has happened so let her set the record straight. If I was a Republican voting in the primaries I would want to know everything I can about the candidates I am considering voting for. After all Gingrich said his life is an open book so there shouldn't be anything in the interview that we already do not know, that is unless Gingrich has something to hide.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  20. Gary H. Boyd

    The ex-Mrs. Gingrich really knows how to hurt a guy Jack. Her timing couldn't be better. Her disclosure of Newt wanting an "open" marriage dumps a whole load on him at a critical moment in his campaign for the nomination. How does the saying go - "God hath no wrath like that of a woman scorned"

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    January 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    Only those who want to deliberately damage Gingrich's campaign, would release something is entirely a personal matter, and the accusations from a bitter ex-spouse, who may not be at all honest, in her accusations.

    Airing something of questionable honesty is not good journalism.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  22. Peg from NY

    Anytime and now is exactly the right time.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  23. Jim, Denver CO

    Nothing like the present. Newt Gingrich is such a two-faced hypocrit regarding morales and ethics it isn't funny. But you know what, that's what the Evangelicals love. And they are supposed to be Christians, hmm...

    January 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  24. Doug Ericson

    The best time to release a damaging ex-wife interview, involving a resurgent Presidential Candidate, is two days before the South Carolina Primary. It is also helpful, if you can reconfigure a previous primary result, which may prevent the candidate with the difficult to reason with ex-wife, from stealing the votes from another candidate, who heretofore hadn't broken his marriage vows so casually. I fell sorry for the pollsters in this one. Do you release the results when the ping pong ball is at its highest or when it is at its lowest? Somewhere in the middle says Romney hangs on for a 3 to 5 point margin of victory in South Carolina. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  25. David of Alexandria VA

    What, a one-sided, uncorroborated interview from an embittered ex? Are you serious? A lot closer to the beginning of a campaign than in the middle. What a distraction!! I just wonder which side made the call to relaease it – could go either way.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  26. Brad, Portland, OR

    Information should be released as it becomes available.

    Holding back information is actually interfering with the process, and prevents voters from having information that may allow them to make the choices they really want to make.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  27. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    It doesn't make a bit of difference, Jack. Remember that Newt is born again. He is all square with God and conservatives; until the next time.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  28. Karl in Flint

    Given the long term memory loss of the GOP, considering they have forgotten the 2001 to 2009 disaster of the Bush administration and the current dysfunctional state of the party and it's candidates, it is best released as close to any election as possible so it might possibly be remembered by the voting public. Personally, the fact that thjis man is even a candidate is nauseating and shows how far we have sunk in morals and intelligence..

    January 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm |

    Well Jack, let me think...........ASAP!!!!

    January 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  30. John C from Long Island

    Jack- This type of Circus comes to town on it's own schedule; trying to control it is like trying to control rain. Rather than try and rein it in, you should just get a bucket of popcorn, sit back and watch the show...with a cynically bemused mix of disgust, disappointment and dismay at the quality of the individuals who would lead this Nation.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  31. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    ANYTIME, Jack, BUT there is SO much personal DIRT on Newt Gingrich that it's just "more manure for the pile"

    January 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  32. calaurore9

    Anytime is a good time to out a hypocrite.

    Carol in Northampton, MA

    January 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  33. Ann from Charleston SC

    When is the proper time for ex-wives to speak publicly about their former spouse? It is never "proper" to publicly say anything negative about another person. Now if the ex wife doesn't care whether it is proper or not, and if it is in the middle of a presidential election and the people need to know about the character of the person running for president, I say, let her talk, anytime.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  34. jimmy in greenville, north carolina

    Jack, release it now! Why wait? News is news? Everybody is crying about internet censorship so let's see the interview now so that we can judge for ourselves. Who has the right to hold the interview back? The truth shall set you free.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  35. John from Alabama

    Jack: Any interview with his exwife could backfire. The interview should be released right before he is to accept the nomination, or right before super Tuesday primaries. When ever it is released do it so Newt the Hoot from Georgia can not answer it in time to make a difference. I hope he gets the nomination for the Republicans, because he is clown with a very entertaining circus. I like circuses, but not in the White House.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  36. judy m

    Today! He is obviously not a loyal or trughful individual. How can you believe anything he says. Another thought he pays 31 % tax and is pushing a 15 % flat tax WOW

    January 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  37. matthew

    I think, it looks bad for the timing of this interview. Looks bad for the one who done it. I think the marriage things doesnt matter to most people.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  38. Bill of New Mexico

    It has always been tempting to limit negative campaigning.

    But, too many politicians have been allowed to get away with too much!

    Release it any time!

    Release everything!

    Politicians beware! Before running, politician be most wary!

    January 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  39. Loren

    Anytime is fine. Anyone who has been divorced understands that former spouses don't always think the best of one another, and to assume that this interview will contain any revelation or impact on his campaign is practicing wishful thinking. Unless she comes out with proof that Newt was a devil-worshipping, far left radical, it is highly unlikely whatever she says will have any impact other than setting pundits talking.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  40. Paulette from Dallas,PA

    There's no better time than the present.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  41. LA Belle

    Well, since the Republicans were so adamant about bringing out information on a Democratic President while in office, on personal issues, perhaps now is a good time to spill the beans on the past instigator himself, Le Gringo Gingrich.


    January 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  42. Richard Texas

    I think just about now would be a good time. What Newt is doing is trying to muddy the waters to cloud peoples judgment of his past. Gingrich is old politics Jack. He is nothing new and appealing. He would be like re-electing George Bush and no one wants to live through that fiasco again. People need a first hand reminder of what they will be getting with Newt and I think one of his ex-wives would be just the reminder that they need.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  43. Virginia. Atlanta

    Depends on who you want to win.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  44. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    When its newsworthy, like tonite. Does ABC News have any relationship with Bane Capital?

    January 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  45. David in Tampa

    At the same time Romney releases his income tax returns. Doom times 2. This has got to be the weakest bunch the Republicans have fielded since Dewey beat Truman.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  46. Toni

    No time like the present,Jack!

    South Carolina

    January 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  47. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Timing is everything.....right after Newt becomes a Mormon, if he qualifies !

    January 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  48. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Gingrich is the one that says in the debates that the facts need to be brought out to make sure that the wrong person doesn't get elected. What goes around, comes around.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  49. Billy in Louisiana

    The thing that bothers me the most about this story being released is that it's from an Ex-wife that has been scorned by Newt and his current wife. How does anyone know fact from fiction by her accusations toward Newt. It just seems to me that she doesn't want the man and woman that she feels destroyed her marriage in the White House. Whether her accusations be true or false I'm sure they will have the negative effect that she and the other candidates are hoping it will have.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  50. Becky in Kansas

    she's made the decision to do it so that's that. People will either see it as the bitter, angry wife or they will be open to listening and understanding Gingrich better. it won't make a lick of difference to some (me) as I wouldn't vote for him anyway.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  51. Harold from West Monroe, Louisiana

    He made his own bed;now let him seethe init

    January 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  52. Kim , Dodge City, Kansas

    Uh oh. Newt's electile dysfunction is starting to show.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  53. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    The best time would be either 20 minutes before tonights debate to unnerve him and knock him off center and the second best time would be Friday evening at dinner time.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  54. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Right now while he is ahead. If they wait too long until he wins the nomination, he can lining them up behind him and it wouldn't make any difference. They did get Herman Cain earlier in the process, so Gingrich ex-wifes should have the same opportunity.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  55. Sandstone.

    "If you say there is one? But there will never be a good time as far as I'm concerned. If one of them wants to talk, she sure as hell will do without any urging."

    January 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  56. s in fl

    How about whenever he aspires to a "potentially damaging" position of power over the American public? Neither Romney nor Gingrich are interested in the least about the average American. They just want the combination to White House safe.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  57. Paul P.

    The GOP themselves have already answered this question in regards in Mitt Romney's taxes. They need these things out now so there are no surprises when the Presidential campaign comes.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  58. rex in portland, oregon

    Being a believer in equal opportunity I firmly believe that ALL of Newt's wives, exes included, should be interviewed by objective media pundits ad nauseum, right along with Mitt's sons and Newt's daughters. Heaven knows we all are simply dieing to hear their views. Let's get this circus going full blast this week. Why wait?

    January 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  59. Jim Bailey

    The sooner the better, you'd think that a 'historian' would be aware of what the past can do to the present...with his tap dancing around his old mischief he should be on Broadway and not the speaking circuit.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  60. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Anytime. If you want to run you have to take the mud that is thrown at you. Mud from an ex wife means nothing anyway.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  61. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    The best time for this to come out would have been when Newt was trying to crucify Bill Clinton for his indicretion. The time for that is long gone, but if Newt wants to run as a family values conservative, right now seems to be a very good time. I'd rather not have an independent council spend hundreds of millions of dollars (if he's elected) just to prove Newt is an immoral cad.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  62. Larry -Denver

    You just did not discover that , did you? A liar, cheat, and while he is trying to hang Clinton, he was dealing with three women together. And the American people will trust this as their potential leader? Bring back Herman Cain /Steven Colbert ticket

    January 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  63. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    I just don't think this interview will matter much to the type of Republican who supports Newt: They want the meanest candidate, and he's their guy.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  64. dave in nashville

    Right before he climbs in bed with his wife, lol.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  65. Jeff in Minnesota

    Who cares. If you haven't figured Newt out by this point, his ex- wife sure isn't going to make a difference. Newt wants his cake and to eat it too. newt tries to appear as "every man" when in reality he's just another wealthy old guy who thinks he knows more than he does.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  66. Larry in Houston

    When is the proper time to release a potentially damaging interview with one of Newt Gingrich's ex-wives?

    Answer : NOW ( or never)

    Jack – sort of sounds hippocritical, coming from the republicans, doesn't it ? Bottom line is, the republicans really want the newter to go up against Obama, even though Romney may be a little more moderate. So – in essence, if the newter wins in s.c. – or even 2nd place – he will go on to Florida.

    You'd think that the conservatives would want somebody like Romney, because he's not a right wing evangelical. He would most likely defeat Obama, because he isn't going to cater to the environmentalists and all the other's. In my opinion, I think the republicans are going for broke this election cycle, Jack. IF they can get the newter to wrap up the nomination for them, – they think since most of the nation already hates Obama's record, and policies – the conservatives also think that the newter has a huge chance to become the next president of the u.s. ( in essence, they think everybody is thinking, "anybody but Obama" ) is a big gamble, in my opinion.

    For some odd / unknown reason or another – they think they've got the "Family Values" thing locked up. How about us Democrats ?? They act like we Democrats (or Independents, for that matter) don't give a damn about Family Values ?? What's THAT all about, huh ? I mean, Who are They to lecture "Family Values" to ? Jack, as far as I'm concerned they are nothing but a bunch of hippocrits, and Just love to contradict theirselves !

    Larry in Houston

    January 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  67. AMS

    No big fan of Newt's BUT think this is pure sleaze on the part of ABC to exploit an ex-wife's need for revenge. For her own mental health, Marianne needs to "get a life" and move on. Yes, she was married to a jerk, but this does not put her is a good light at all. She needs to find the help to heal her emotional pain not make a fool out of herself. I have been there so I speak form experience. Shame on ABC they have reached a new low.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  68. andyz Lynn, MA

    The proper time to release that is any day that ends in the letter, "Y."

    January 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  69. Ed in California

    The real news is how the broadcast media has found...YET ANOTHER...fly on the wall to discredit a Republican front runner!!! The shame is less with Gingrich and more with the leftist media.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  70. Robby Barbarian

    Who cares Jack they all are cheats!!!

    January 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  71. dAVID

    you release it when you get it, vet it and appropriate ................. period.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  72. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    This one would have been released by an honest man before the truth reared it's ugly head. Deception in politics and Newt is the Master of Distractions

    January 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  73. paretsam

    "Keep in mind this was around the same time that Gingrich was going after President Bill Clinton for his lack of moral leadership during the Monica Lewinsky scandal."

    Gingrich went after President Clinton for lying to a grand jury. He was actually quite silent about the sex scandal.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  74. Janet Laylor

    NOW is the time. You do it when you have the information, NOT when it could prove most or least damaging. To time this is to attempt to affect outcomes, be they South Carolina, Florida, or Super Tuesday. You report the news, and let the public have our 'informed decisions'.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  75. Tom Carberry

    I suppose there is "no good time" for such information, but reminding the voters just before an election of the moral character (or lack thereof) seems as good a time as any. I believe voters should make an informed choice, but in Newt's case, this is old news. Third wife and third religion, if the voters of South Carolina don't see a problem with that, well, what can I say? Who was it that said people get the government they deserve?

    January 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  76. lil magothy. annapolis, md

    Now is as good a time as any. The more the voters know about a scumbag who wants to lead the country, the more informed their choices can be. I, for one, am getting a little tired of these hypocrites who can engage in reprehensible behavior and then spout family values and god's forgiveness. To paraphrase the Newtster, he's just not pretty enough or smart enough to be our president. Down the toilet with Newt – Romney will follow soon enough.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  77. jan

    The right time for the Gingrich interview would have been when he was going after Clinton – family values – true politician.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  78. Tom from Virginia

    Obviously you hold such damaging interviews until he's climbing in the polls. Why waste a good kick when he's down. Save it for when he's getting up.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  79. David

    Jack, we want the tawdry details now, not later! C'mon, you know that time does not wait for "tawdry."

    January 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  80. Thom

    if he wasn't running for President, no one would even care. If this is what our country has become, God help us! No, I don't like most of the candidates running, but at some point, should we not respect our fellow man? Obviously the answer is NO – when it comes to control, power, greed and politics – is there a pattern there?

    January 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  81. Principle

    Marriage vows, for thousands of years, have been deemed the most sacred promises in life. If any man or woman cannot keep the most sacred of all vows, then how can they be trusted with a promise to preserve, protect, and defend our nation?

    January 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  82. David

    It doesn't matter whether favorable or unfavorable to Newt's Campaign. The timing of this interview is wrong. Show it the day after the NC Caucus and I don't have a single problem with it. This is $10 Million in free political advertisements which I assume go against Newt and help Romney. I personally love it when a political analyst or news correspondent tries to trip up a candidate and gets it stuffed down their throats (Juan Williams). We are free thinking Americans and I can decide for myself. The news media is afraid of Newt. He can debate them just as good as a opponent

    January 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  83. Al

    Gingrich will win in South Carolina and will lose to Obama. Republicans have no contenders at present.
    All their candidates are carrying too much baggage. Palin,Trump, what a laugh .

    January 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  84. Mortalc01l

    Yes it's the right time! The American public need to know that Gingrich is a liar, a serial cheater and a general scumbag.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  85. Yikes

    I think I'd be asking for an open marriage too. I hope that is a bad pic of his ex. Yikes!

    January 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  86. Behonest

    LOL... I love this, neither does Gingrich nor Romney has a slice of decent moral to be the president. Republican is running out of guys or girls. These are the choices that they are coming up with! hahahahahaha..... Our janitor in our building has a much higher moral than thee two clowns.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  87. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    Being married to my husband for 52 years, maybe Newt can tell me how it is to have 3 marriages, maybe
    I've been missing something.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  88. Ralph Hannmann

    Pretty stark contrast between Gingrich and Romney (also Santorum) on the family values front. I guess we will find out if this is important to SC voters or if just being conservative is enough. SC primary brings out the bare knuckles.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  89. Ben from Chicago

    There is no time like the present.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  90. Edward

    At the same time that Romney releases his tax information. From Montreal, Canada

    January 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  91. robbi

    Are you kidding me!!! Here we have a man preaching family values, he's against gay marriage and he wanted an open marriage!!! Then when he could have his cake and eat it too he divorces and marries his mistress. hypocrisy is so unattractive in a man who wants to run our country.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  92. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Anytime is a good time to release the interview with an ex-wife of Gingrich. All I've been hearing is how he-and most other GOP and Democractic politicians-are all about those Family Values. This could be the 'shot-in-the-arm' that both Romney and Obama need to be able to shame Gingrich into dropping out. Gingrich needs to stop acting all ethical about family values while he still has some family 'de-values' skeletons in his closet.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  93. ja

    is it true, if so let it roll, and it does matter what you did ten years ago, when it comes to being president, newt and mitt may have more in common than we realize

    January 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  94. Jeetu

    I do not know mabout the timing of this interview or revelations, but I am sure that Newt is ni family man and he is not thinking about America to be President but himself. He says one thing and does another. I did not like him when he was a speaker and I like him less now. Hypocrats have no business seeking Presidency of USA and I do hope that we do not have him as one of the cnadidates in November. South Carolina voters will be well-advised to vote for another candidate than Newt.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  95. Jim

    Right now is as good a time as any. If the primaries are a time to vet all candidates then let's put it all on the table.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  96. Richard Scruggs

    Given that Newt is a serial philanderer/womanizer, which can be verified by 1) his own admissions; 2) court and medical records of when he asked his former wives for divorces during his affairs; and 3) statements made by those ex-wives... I would say that anytime and everytime is a good time to release such news on such a scoundrel. In fact, slow, time-release wake-up news on his history should be spread out over the next several months to keep it in front of the public. Personally, I'd like to see more coverage of his affair at age 16 with a 23 year-old school teacher!

    January 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  97. tjkenny

    Newt has been divorced and Obama tried cocaine. No one is perfect. Let's call this one even!

    January 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  98. Stonethrower

    Interview brought to you by Superpac in support of Mitt Romney!

    January 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  99. Glenn

    Be nice if it were released at the same time as Romney's Tax Returns. just to get a better picture of both. Like an auto accident you can't look away from. Gone are the Republicans of the past with any class, compassion, honor, or patriotic willingness to work with the other side for the good of the nation. Catering to the lowest denominator.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  100. Carolyn in NC

    Better late than never. Better now than after the SC primary. While I hold that people's private lives are private, the two-faced dishonesty involved is searing.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  101. Cheryl Garner

    The interview should be made prior to the SC primary elections so those voting in the primary can have all information before casting their vote. While for some voters this information will be irrelevant in that they don't care about a politician's private life, for others it will be important and influence their vote. The latter have a right to know. After all, the efforts to impeach Clinton set the precedent that the private life of the President is no longer private, but public domain. Poetic irony given Gingrich's stance on the Lewinsky affair. What goes around.....

    January 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  102. David NC

    We need to know NOW; just like Romney's tax returns Jack!

    January 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  103. Jonathon F.

    Anytime before the nation is being asked to vote for him. I know I want to know who I'm voting for, and I imagine the rest of the country does to.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  104. RM

    One would have to wonder about the motive behind the releae of the tapes as well as the motive behind the ex-wife for sharing something so personal....but, then, no sane person would be wondering about any of it...a man with three wives running on family values...I'm a moderate independent, and, even by my standards, it's a bit much....how much forgiveness is one man entitled to...three women and none of them had an "Are you kidding me" moment in time? One would hope the voters would have the moment...however, if this is a move on the left wing to discredit anyone, I would caution that the current administration has many, many skeletons in their own closets and a walk with any of the aunts and uncles of the president would probably turn up something just as colorful...a walk with his politics would surely make for a colorful Wizard of Oz road.....

    January 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  105. paul

    what a bum ! sitting there passing judgment on bill while he was looking to shear is sick wife with his sweetheart. Now he want the public to believe that he found god. disgraceful!...Paul, GA

    January 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  106. Mark

    I've already heard the daughter's speech, it was just more shilling for Daddy. As for the interview, why wouldn't it be appropriate? Newt plays dirty, he has for over 50 years, why should he get a free pass? I have no idea what impact this will have in South Carolina. They may say they are evangelicals, but they are pretty selective in what and whom they condemn. Like Jack said...family values.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  107. Darren L

    The proper time is whenever the information comes to light. Since when has it been the media's job to pull punches? Considering all the nation building and military imperialism that our country is wrapped up in, this election is basically to decide who runs the WORLD. These sorts of ethical character judgements are extremely important. So to answer your question, this sort of interview should be released ASAP in every case. People still don't really know much about these candidates – the sooner we know what skeletons are in their closets the better.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  108. Billy Davis

    The ex-wife can release the info whenever she wants. Newt is a pervert of the worst order. But, hey the GOP is fond of lying cheats.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  109. MikeGCNY

    I think it is appalling that it took this long to happen. Is ABC trying to influence the vote? I have my suspicions. This level of hipocracy however, warrants the interview be broadcast when a man with "Family Values" and "core conservative values" becomes a threat to the party and the country.

    Mike, Glen Cove, NY

    January 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  110. BurlDog

    Given that Newt used donations mailed to his non-profit foundation to purchase items from his for-profit business tells you all you need. This man is as corrupt as they come. He is a lobbyist's dream candidate for President!

    January 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  111. Bonnie

    What a patient scorned woman to wait this many years to taste revenge. It's justifiable paybacks for the lady! I say more power to her and she is using her power to try to save the US from having a manipulative, self-serving clown in the Oval office. You GO girl! A lot of women would like to have the courage to come forward at this time. He deserves it; it was just a long time coming!

    January 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  112. Moses

    The damage is already done. This feeds into the electablity factor that Gingrich is struggling with for the general election. Gingrich is done. Romney is the nominee. Such a boring republican primary. I really thought it was going to be exciting.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  113. Randy999

    The right time is when the news breaks. Anyone who holds back a story is being partisan. Things like this will get out and the job of journalists is to report accurately as soon as they can confirm its veracity.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  114. AB

    The proper time to have released this potentially damaging interview was when Gingrich first decided to run for president. However, it is not too late to so do now. Gingrich will not get the Republican nomination even if he should win South Carolina or Georgia. He has to get the majority of the country to win the nomination and that's unlikely. Nevertheless, Newt's ex-wife's interview should be entertaining and damaging to his campaign. I hope the first ex-wife also comes out with damaging disclosures about Newt.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  115. Michael

    The multible faces of Newt are hard to keep up with , comparing him to an Alley Cat is a disservice. Tom Cats usually chase rats , that would place Newt chasing his Tail. Michael Genoa, Wi.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  116. Chuck Carter

    Anytime is a good time... especially just before an important election. If Newt is really all about family values and integrity and wants to be the moral leader of the free world – well he is going to have to prove he is capable living up to his words. So far he has fallen way short on these issues and after his ex-wife tells her story, well – we'll see just how much the GOP really values honesty and integrity. My bet is they don't really care – so Newt will get yet another free pass on this one I'm sure with the family values crowd.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  117. vote for pedro

    The right time to air this kind of interview is now. Why wait until he's president to find out who he really is? If he is a cad, cheater & liar I would like to know before I cast my vote! Maybe he's running for president so that he can pick up young girls while the wife is off on First lady duties

    January 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  118. bewhiskered

    And then, there's that serial adulterous brute
    Who goes by the shameless name of Newt
    Drummed out of the House
    For being such a louse
    Like Sarah, he's in it for the loot.

    You know what they say, Jack. It's never time to do the wrong thing, and, always time to do the right thing!

    Belmar, NJ

    January 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  119. cmr

    I'm glad she is coming forward, all these candidates run on high social morals, he has to be one of the biggest hypocritical politicians out there. How could the United States trust a man that was trying to impeach another president for the same thing he was doing himself at the time?

    January 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  120. Diane Newport Beach, CA

    If Newt repeatedly has told people that he asked forgiveness from his creator, and he recieved it, it appears the people he needed to forgive him here on earth- have not done so, he missed a step. He should seek their forgiveness. He has talked and talked about his ability to debate, it must have ruined his marriages, debating the pros and cons of infidelity and how it should be accepted within the confines of marriage- it does show a lack of character, hubris, and the idea that because I have power the rules don't apply to me- a fatal flaw in powerful men.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  121. Jim from Idaho

    You know there just comes a moment every now and then when it's just hard to believe what these poliicians are wallowing in-and hiding from us--each and every day. It just just stuns a person to wonder what else we don't know about Gingrich or other candidates who work so hard to craft their "family values" images. Will voters EVER catch on to the fact that these people live in a "do as I say, not as I do" universe.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  122. Mike

    Any time is a good time to show one's poor taste ! !

    January 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  123. Ben in Los Angeles, CA

    With Gingrich, you'd have to do it once a day just to get all the tawdry details out there.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  124. Barry

    Now why does this not surprise me?

    Let's see, he's shown a lack of ethics in his professional activites–why would I expect anything else in the home.

    Here's a person who wants less (no) regulation in business, so that corporations and Wall Street bankers won't be held accountable for their unethical behavior.

    I imagine that he'd like the same in his personal life, so he can freely do whatever he wants, with no regard for the feelings or rights of others.

    That's a fine leader!

    January 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  125. Gigi Oregon

    Truth should never be held back. Speaking as a daughter, wife and mother. The truth of an unfaithful man in one thing which leads to other unfaithfulness. Even daughters and son's usually will not defend a unfaithful father. We can love the sinner but not the sin.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  126. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    Wow Newt! Your electile dysfuntion is showing. Now there's the very definition of today's Republican.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  127. jerry

    I would have preferred that it had been released on January 17 1998.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  128. OBDAG63

    I would think that now is as good of a timwe as any other. The way the candidates are dropping lately Neuter (as I prefer to call him) should drop out now rather than later if that is what the interview results in. I guess it would make for a quick convention if there is only pne man left standing come convention time. I find it interesting that my values don't include an "open marriage" even though I'm one of those wild liberal types that are associated with left leaning Democrats. I'll have to remember this at voting time.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  129. joan

    I think the liberal media love to take swings at Republicans and anyone who can help them with that is most welcome. Frankly, I had a relative who was an attractive female Senate page, and she says most of them have the morals of alley cats, and many of them are on the Senate floor drunk. So, I am not swayed by any of this. It won't affect the way he deals with the economy, and that is my first most important agenda item. PS: No one really knows what goes on inside a family dynamic anyway, and any divorced spouse is going to have nothing good to say about the other. So big fricking deal.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  130. Fred Allan in Cleveland, Mississippi

    Jack, considering that Rick Perry dropped out of the race and endorsed Newt Gingrich, and considering the fact that Gingrich has a chance at winning South Carolina, I believe the proper time would be after South Carolina, especially if Gingrich wins. Remember, since 1980, the Republican candidate who won South Carolina, went on to become the nominee. If Gingrich wins and this interview comes out afterwards, this could first time in 32 years that the Republican winner in South Carolina does not go on to become the nominee.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  131. Chris

    Jack you are a far better journalist than to ask this. In the immortal words of many sprts fans: "C'mon Man!"
    You and your viewers know, that the timing of the interview is about two things: ratings, and the Netowork's liberal elite agenda. Dont you dare ever do it on CNN. I'll stop watching : – )

    January 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  132. Cy Gardner

    Share him? I guess he thinks there's enough Newt to go around.She had the chance to marry into a share of Newt. It cost Fannie Mae millions for their share. This idea must fascinate Newt. I mean, on the issue of global warming he felt Nancy Pelosi could share him with the energy interests who paid him money to repudiate cap and trade. When did they hold the Newt IPO and who's holding the majority interest? cy from arlington, va

    January 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  133. Smythe from Brooklyn

    I think there should be a certain respect for privacy for a majority of Americans, even politicians. However, when you're running on a platform of "family values" and superior moral character, your past hypocrisies are fair game. Gingrich has, throughout his career, attempted to act as judge, jury and executioner for any and all he finds fault with on moral grounds, so I think what his wife has to say about his character is invaluable information for voters to hear when considering him for elected office. He's lived by the smear, now he may go down by the smear.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  134. Marie MD

    Yes Jack, as a matter of fact I think his wife should have spoken out a while back but now that this bag of hot air thinks, again, that he IS the candidate for the teapublikans, yes, people need to know what he is made of which is mostly thin paper.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  135. John from Illinois

    This is the equivelant of 'stepping in it'. Even if by some miracle Newt beats Romney, the democrats will have a field day with this. A man who deserts his wives at the first sign of health problems, do we really want him making life and death decisions for Americans every day?

    January 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  136. vaughan taylor

    Any time, because moral character is the most important single criterion for any leader, and voters need to know all the facts if democracy is to work effectively.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  137. David - Leander, Texas

    "He said, she said" has no place in these matters, because once the allegation is made, the damage is done....no matter the truth. This is the end of the innocence. There is no "perfect candidate"....we were fooled for around 200 years, but the curtain has been forever pulled back.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  138. Charles D.

    Never. Do I really want to know about Newt's proclivities? I am just surprised there were two women out there that wanted him. He doesn't really scream sexy when you look at him.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  139. peggy

    Let's see, Jack. Republicans tell others what they can and cannot do. They interfere with women's reproductive rights. They interfere with gay rights. Hell, we have the right to know everything about them. Besides, it comes down to strength of character and Newt's character is not strong but he does talk a good game though.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  140. jon

    It's always the right time for the leftstream media to bash the GOP...nothing new and except for liberals it falls on deaf ears

    January 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  141. Mike Tompkins

    About as fast as you can say Kennedy and Clinton ... the next election will be about the economy ... not scoundrels

    January 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  142. barbara in nc

    If you make a mistake, ask forgiviness/apologize and move on.

    If you have a character flaw and use that as an excuse for making the same mistake over and over and over.........

    Houston - there's a problem from Georgia!.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  143. CJ from Chicago

    It's a given that Newt has no family values, and is a dirty old man. What I'd like to comment on is the tone and nature of the "reporting" of this story today (mostly by men) who repeatedly call her "bitter" and "scorned". They are attacking her character when all she is trying to do is tell the truth about a man who wants to be president and who tried to get Clinton impeached for doing the same thing he did. She's doing the public a service – CNN reporters, go back to your caves!

    January 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  144. Ron Bishop

    You have to wonder whats in it for ABC to run this just prior to the SC primary vote. With Newt chipping away at Mitt's poll numbers, it sure seems like someone wants to throw as much mud as they can to ensure Mitt wins this one. The problem is if Mitt wins this, we are up the creek in winning the White House. Newt may "have the morels of a alley cat", but at least he is the only viable candidate that does not tap dance when you ask him a question. Look at any hardball question Mitt gets and you have him fumbling for 3 minutes with a disjointed answer. The boy is so scared to speak his mind, he cant without this advisers clearing it. Like most Americans, we don't see the front runner as anything but the same old "hold your nose and vote for him" candidate. Sure Ron Paul, Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich are out of the mainstream politicos, but we have got to have someone that can kick the can over and stir up Washington. Its no longer about going to Washington for the people. It go to Washington and see how long you can hang on and leave a millionaire.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  145. Cyle in Dublin, CA

    In this race, anytime's a good time to air the GOP dirty skivvies. If they want to claim be the morally superior party then they should go out and find a morally superior candidate. Someone who understands the necessity for separation of church and state, someone who doesn't take bribes, someone who still loves his/her own spouse... someone NOT a politician.

    Vote for real change this time, vote for someone else...

    January 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  146. Onion

    A bitter old shrew would gladly say anything to exact her revenge. I'm glad I'm not judge by what my ex may have said about me.

    This classless ex-mistress had no problem sneaking around with him when he was married with children. Now were supposed to believe she has such high character she must tell "the truth".

    January 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  147. JoAnn from St. Paul

    I'm reading the Hunger Games trilogy and would cast Newt Gingrich as President Snow. It's not just the white hair, it's the hypocritical, out-for-himself view that if you repeat lies often enough people will begin to doubt the truth they know. This voter remembers Newt 1.0 and don't trust Newt version 2.0. Newt's definition of "family values" must be different than most people.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  148. Frank Hall, St. Petersburg, FL

    It seems to me that this eleventh hour effort to derail Newt's momentum would have been better served up by Fox rather than ABC. The timing is nothing but posturing it to inflict the most damage in a very pivotal state primary. Newt has baggage, most all having been fully vetted in the proper manner, and this latest by a vengeful -ex is inappropriate.
    The major issues this country face deserve the attention by the candidates.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  149. Vismaya George

    Can an ex-spouse ever be one's objective critic ? Doubtful in most cases.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  150. John

    Newt for Philanderer in Chief! What a dirtbag!

    January 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  151. popseal

    Hell has no fury like a woman scorned. For you leftists, that's an old proverb that speaks to a woman's bitter reaction and revenge against anyone she things did her wrong........................Glad I'm a man of principle and not personality. For sure, the last man standing on the right will be far more investigated than the reptile now in the
    White House.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  152. Peter Barnard

    Don't blame the messenger! This simply provides us with another insight into how many politicians when running for office say one thing in public but do another in private. It is all part of the game and is not limited to either side of the aisle.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  153. SHM

    The right time? There is no right time! America loves a scandal and watching other people's dirty laundry aire in public! Sad that mainstream American journalism feeds that frenzy. You would expect it from the tabloids, but ABC? Really? But whatever sells is the rule, not discretion. And then you wonder why America receives so little respect in the world.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  154. Andy Morris

    This is the same Calista who professes to be a devout Catholic? Gingrich made religion and family values issues in his campaign.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  155. Iyer

    It is appalling that Newt can just shrug his shoulders and refer questions about his marital infidelity to his daughters, of all people!! Can a man stoop any lower? The problem is, fundamentally, that Newt's mind allows himself almost dictatorial freedom. In his own eyes, normal rules simply don't apply to himself. Far from being Churchillian, if anything he is more of a Stalin. All that said, it is also rich that Newt Wife No.2 (herself Mistress No.1, the recursive relation here is simple, Newt Wife N = Newt Mistress (N-1) ) is complaining about Newt Wife No.3 (Mistress 2).

    Romney should let Newt win S.C. The win will go to Newt's head and he will implode within weeks. In any case, Newt Gingrich cannot defeat the President in the general. Period.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  156. Pete from Georgia

    Probably never. At this stage it's hard to tell who is the most desperate, Gingrich with his shots at Romney or the Democrats/Socialists and their pathetic nuclear campaigns.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  157. J. Ross

    You bet it is the right time! People need to know before they vote that Newt Gingrich is anything but a Conservative and if the Evangelicals think they can endorse such a hypocrit they are the same as he is. I would leave this country and renounce my citizenship if such a person with the horrible morals and attitude he has for women is elected. Also, he is an adulterer and so is Calista. Remember when Andrew Jackson's wife was labeled a harlot for much less than Calista is guilty of, so neither of these individuals is fit to be in the White House, especially when we have Michelle Obama as the First Lady. If the Conservatives want to endorse a good Christian and family man, pick Obama and his family.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  158. Kit in Illinois

    Now is a good time. If the GOP wants someone of his caliber then they should know it now before the general election where it could hurt them more (though if they would remember his time in office and why he left they should already know who he is). This may look like mud slinging I don't think it really is. We need a president that not only has good idea but also has good character. Good character may be rare in D.C. but the GOP could do a lot better than Newt.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  159. vaughan taylor

    Any time, because moral character is the most important single criterion for any leader, and voters need to know all the facts if democracy is to work effectively. from North Carolina

    January 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  160. Jon

    "When is the right time"? Are you kidding me? Since when did a politician's feelings or wellbeing count when it came to reporting on the truth?

    January 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  161. DRJ

    I believe that anytime is a good time to bring to light this kind of information. Admitted, many would say that this is his private life and noone else's business. However, we are speaking of someone who aspires to be the President of the United States. The electorate needs to be aware of moral and ethical deficits in anyone running for public office regardless of how high that office is. We are talking about character and honesty here and I am afraid Newt has neither.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  162. Bosco

    The right time, is the time that fills the nation interests. It would be disastrous for America if a man like Gingrich is elected president. Disastrous also because it would show a rotten America...

    January 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  163. Cliff C

    Better to release the interview now than wait until just before the Presidential election. If Newt becomes the Republican nominee, he will be glad this all came out now as opposed to next October. President Clinton proved that marital fidelity is not a requirement for the position; however, the Gingrich couple carried on a 6-year affair, which does not speak highly for either of them.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  164. Marcus in Houston

    It kills me how politicians think what they do in the dark won't come to light. Why, if you know these things are out there, don't you get ahead of the "breaking news" and hold a press conference, admitting all wrong-doing, apologizing and vowing to move on and forward. If Herman Cain had done the same thing, he'd still be in the race.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  165. Drake

    This just goes to show that Republicans and no better than the rest of us.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  166. Patty

    I'd say late September, early October this year.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  167. Aztec Phil

    I think the proper time is as soon as possible. There is no point in releasing it after the election when damage is done to the nation or state as a whole. People need to make informed decisions and to do that, they need as much information as soon as possible–good or bad. By the way, I disagree on one point: I think an alleycat has more morals than Newt Gingrich.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  168. becky

    since GOP leaders are big about the family values, now is the best time.
    Being a leader of the greatest nation on earth morals and high family values are also important

    January 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  169. Teresa

    Now is as good a time as ever, why, she is mad has been mad and will continue to be bad. Maybe telling the world what a jerk THE NEWT really is will make her feel better. Oh wow guess she forgot she played a role in the first ex becoming an ex so guess what, she is a a subject matter expert on morality so why not use her as a consultant so the repubs can finally get the picture and vote for OBAMA.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  170. Ang in Naples

    Anytime. If you are running for President you past judgment should be under consideration. The Republicans continue to preach family values but many don't seem to have any.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  171. ART

    What a low life this Gingrinch is and apparently his new wife is no better carrying on an affair with a married man for 6 years, family values my behind,Hypocrites

    January 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  172. Tam

    I live in SC and will be voting on Saturday. I firmly believe this is a mud slinging fiasco and that ABC should be ashamed. Obviously this woman still has a lot of hate and fury due to her divorce from Newt and wanted her 15 minutes of "Fame" to share it with the world. I would feel the same way if someone came out and talked about Obama, Romney or anyone else. I am not planning to vote for Newt on Saturday but this kind of vendictive interview is wrong – totally wrong. I don't suppose you have all noticed that nothing and I do mean NOTHING has been said about Herman Cain since he withdrew from the race – that should make you all pause and think about whether what is said by anyone against a potential nominee is true of false. What you should ALL be worried about is our country and who can help get us out of this mess...not what they may or may not have done 10 to 20 years ago.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  173. tom angelopoulos

    When it hurts the most. You news people know that so why even ask the question.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  174. Jon Cameron

    Marriage is between a man, his wife, and the mistress. Is that what he means by hundreds of years of marital tradition?

    January 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  175. Rajiv Shaw, Mt. Pleasant, UT

    These guys have provided us with more entertainment than all the comedies on TV. I don't think anything should be off the table!

    January 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  176. kenluckydie

    The truth. No matter what. This is not about getting ratings, hiding secrets or any dirty tricks. This is journalism. You get a story, you follow it, you write it, you publish it. From interview to newspaper. No planning. You are not making a movie with the big plot twist. Just report the story when it is discovered.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  177. Craig

    So lets see this is old news she talked about all this stuff a long time ago. So he messed up years ago did any one here make mistakes?

    January 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm |

    Anytime because the interview is just entertaining. We don't need an X to tell us that Newt was an awful husband. The facts speak for itself. I would like to know what type of father he is. Son, what type of son was he? Why is he so wierd about Blacks. He doesn't know that in the ghetto most of the black people work, and the black children black heroes stars are football, basketball and baseball players, hip-hop, rap and other musical entertainers, senators, representatives, doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers, actors, actresses, military warriors etc.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  179. Rita, White Plains, NY

    If Mrs. Gingrich seek the media to publish her story, the medium should be provided. ABC News credibility to publish this story now is questionable in my opinion.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  180. Natale

    NOW is the acceptable time to open Pandora's box on this beefy biscuit eating morality preaching hypocrit...we need to know who will be at the helm of our nation. God forbid his right wing conservative bib is stained with more than gravy and chittlin' grease...besides people say he looks a lot like the Chucky doll when angry...I'd like to see that!!

    January 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  181. Corby in TN

    Now..guarantee it means something to most women...lipstick on a pig comes to mind.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  182. Gerold from Mobile, AL

    The Presidency and the first family is the closest thing we have, in this country, to royalty. Even though no one is "perfect", people do like for their leaders to put their money where their mouth is. The hypocrisy of the Republicans telling everyone that this is wrong and that is wrong, has put them in the category of elitist and that the things they hold the rest of the country accountable for- does not apply to them.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  183. Christopher

    I find that the timing of this interview is very poorly timed. ABC is known for "running against the grain" on social issues. So this muck racking at this time to discredit Newt Gingrich is despicable. Do you see them running after any of the other candidates? I really don't care what he did in the past, the main question now is can he lead this country out of the financial crisis and lack of leadership we have in Washington DC. He was Speaker of the House, two steps removed from being president. Newt has my vote.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  184. Jyothi, St.Louis,MO

    It would affect him some day anyway. Better now than later. If the damaging interview would move him out of the race, let that happen today. Atleast the GOP race would end soon.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  185. MLynn, Lexington, SC

    This whole thing is so suspect. I am inclined to not put much weight into what Gingrich's ex-wife says and am VERY suspicious about it all. First of all, the news media should be FAIR and give Gingrich an equal amount of time on this subject. It truly makes me wonder who really is behind this - Mitt Romney's people; the hierarchy of the Republican Party or the Democrats? I still remember the character assassination of Herman Cain. And, I STILL remember the character assassination attempts of South Carolina's Governor, Nikki Haley, not long before she was elected.

    To be honest, I think that the news media should not get involved in attempts of character assassination. People already know about Newt Gingrich's divorces and marriages, etc. It is appalling to find the news media SO WILLING to help destroy a candidate on hearsay. Just absolutely incredible.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  186. Jessica in Seattle

    The American people should see right through this agenda. Every time a candidate surges something controversial comes about them. This is not new news, this is regurgitation that is aimed at bringing a candidate down. I hope the American people are smarter than this. We all have skeletons in our closet. The only question South Carolina should ask themselves is who has the best leadership plan. Period.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  187. PR

    Newt had the balls to go after Bill Clinton on mral values...all the while cheating on his 2nd wife. Newt is a low-life POS. He dosn't deserve to be POTUS...he has no morals, is a liar and a cheat. Of course he's a Washington politician...what do expect?

    January 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  188. Jack in Tuscaloosa

    I have it on good authority, that he asked her to reveal it so he could be more appealing to Clinton Democrats. Newt is a crafty one! I hear he is taking up cigars.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  189. Ochro

    I don't think it (the ex-wife's story) matters in South Carolina or anywhere in the south for that matter. Despite all the godly rhetoric, Gingrich's behavior is the norm down there – ever see Jerry Springer? I don't think Romney fits with that crowd.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  190. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    There is no good or bad time for publicity. These are the champions of family values. Let him defend his actions. After all, when all these were happening didn't Newt point fingers against Clinton? Good lesson for all, especially if you want to be in the public eye.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  191. larry,oakland,ca

    What goes around comes around. Imagine Biden dropping out and Hillary and Bill going after newt. Now thats payback.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  192. Jim, Dallas Tx

    Whenever it is available is the best time.
    He has had more than enough time to get ahead of this and come out and apologize for what he did, even in lurid details.
    It's one thing for the story to be out there and to assume what may have been happening. Its another thing for her to say that Newt would tell her "I love you" every night when they would talk on the phone, and Calista was in the room with him listening to his conversations.
    This story isnt a private matter, sanctity of marriage vows speaks to your credibility. If he would forsake them in such a flagrant manner it says a lot of his credibility.
    To have a fling is an error in judgement, but to live a cheaters lifestyle with your mistress in an apartment while your wife lives at home, and to expect your wife to accept and even embrace it represents a character flaw that will manifest itself in other actions.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  193. John Protopapas

    The lists of presidents who have had affairs in office overshadows Gingrich's past behavior. FDR had an affair, so did JFK, not to mention Clinton. You can add Jefferson, Harding, Eisenhower, LBJ,Cleveland, and there are also others. If Marianne's standards are applied to sitting presidents, then there are a slew of them who were not find including FDR and JFK. Gingrich has converted to Catholicism and I would assume that he has repented of his past actions. Let those who be without sin cast the first stone. Better a morally flawed repentant but competent president than the incompetent one that we have now.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  194. Kisha from Washington, DC

    Once a candidate has declared he is seeking the highest office of the land, all issues relating to their moral compass are privy to scrutiny. The audacity of men like Gingrich and Guiliani to think that they are so important, no one will care to remember that they were complete scumbags to their wives and children! The illusions of granduer are amazing in this group! Why would I want a president who divorced his wife while recieveing cancer treatments? Why would I want a president who divorced his wife following a MS diagnosis and wanted a open marriage? In the case of Guiliani, why would I want a president whom married their first cousin, moved his 3rd wife in Gracie Mansion while still living with the 2nd wife, and most importantly, his own children didn't support him! If Obama had done half of what Gingrich did, he would have never been president! This isn't Hustler magazine, this is the United States of America people! Republician "family values" at its best I guess. If men like Newt are considered viable candidates in the Republican establishment, our country doesn't stand a chance in hell! How can he be loyal to us when he couldn't be loyal the the mothers of his children? Keep up the great work Republicans and ensure Obama's re-election by a landslide!

    January 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  195. Susan from Idaho

    I find it odd that someone would refer questions to his children about some potentially damaging information. However in Newtie's case mommy is gone so they are the next best resource.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  196. Chris

    Well, heck, bring it out now and then bring it up just before the election in November – that's if he gets the Republican nomination. I just find it hysterically funny that Newt comes across as being for "Family Values" yet has cheated on wife #1 with wife #2 with wife #3. Could this be a case of "do as I say, not as I do"? No one in MY family is a serial cheater/adulterer and we sure don't go around proclaiming "Family Values". I guess ACTIONS do speak louder then WORDS. Wouldn't vote for Gingrich if he were the only name on the ballot – especially now that he's touting Palin as a possible/probable member of his administration. I'd write my cat's name in first – he'd make a great POTUS.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  197. becky

    we do not need lleader who wants to have open marriage. also a cheater ,liar.racist.We need a leader who unite country. not divide

    January 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  198. Rafael

    Jack ! upset ABC got to her before you did? when is the right time to tell the truth? anytime !

    January 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  199. JD in NH

    The proper time is before votes are cast. People need to know if a candidate is a sleazeball before the election.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  200. allen VA

    This story will not hurt Newt as the nation already knows this for many years.
    Also because that fact that no one cares about Bill Clinton had an affair and had sex in Oval office while he was the President, at least the Democrats don't care about ex-marital affair. See the outcome, Clinton never stepped down and people like him.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  201. CarrotCakeMan from rural Northern California

    I think now is the time, but all day GOP apologists have been shouting that the media should NEVER cover this story. What they are demanding is censorship of the media to avoid embarrassment for the misdeeds of their politicians.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  202. Troy

    I'd say the proper time to expose the blatant hypocrisies and narcissisms of a man who styles himself a leader would be any time before people vote for him. The sooner, the better.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  203. Enitan

    This man is the most stupidest hypocrite alive. Isn't this what they call a pot calling a kettle black??

    It now turned out that he was doing the exact thing, that he was prosecuting someone else for "WOW"

    Here comes another Hypocrite Republican." FAMILY VALUES" my you know what?

    January 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  204. Scot

    Might as well here about it now that when the general election is happening. This crap he did with Clinton caused alot more damage than just outting the president. It made him drop the ball on Bin Laden because he could never get the congress to go after him at the time.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  205. allen VA

    Bill Clinton served as the President, you think Newt even did not deserve to be a party nominee for doing the same thing as Clinton did.

    I guess Hilary will be not happy these days, this certainly reminds her of Levinski.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  206. Martha Campbell

    It was before he got this far in the race.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  207. Jafsie

    When's the proper time to release this interview proving what a hypocrite Newt is?

    Now, tomorrow, next week, next month, and forever, until he goes away.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  208. Jerry in Alaska

    If i was a Liberal i would jump right in there while ya can against all the GOP candidates. WHY?
    Because the way the Chosen One is going wiht his Dream Acts of Distruction, every Liberal will be looking for someone, anyone, to vote for instead of Obama.

    Strike while the iron is hot & more is revealed about the Dream, which actually is a Nightmare for all the World.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  209. Sam

    The voters deserve to hear the truth. Withholding this information from voters in South Carolina would have been more unethical than showing it before the primary.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  210. Delia, Katy, TX

    Now's the perfect time to release this interview. In the interim, isn't it lovely that we have a President who really knows something about "family values"; married only once and with 2 beautiful little girls! Way to go, President Obama!

    January 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  211. SJ Ryan

    Before I vote. It was upsetting to find that W had a DUI after I voted.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  212. Monica

    Its going to be talked about at some point I suppose, and just like with anything (for any nominee) it should get out and over with well before we move to the actual election. If Romney gets the nomination, his dirty laundry should be aired now and get it over with. If Gingrich is the nominee, the same rule applies (and yes at this point I am convinced it will be one of these two men and there is nothing anyone can show me right now that will convince me that Romney has it hands down.) As far as the comments I've read regarding the conservatives who preach family values yet have the skeletons in their closet, there has not been any secret about Gingrich's past marriages or the circumstances around the divorcce since the 90's. Its always been out there, just a matter of whether anyone paid attention to it at all. I have to commend the man on not speaking negatively about her. Having been through a divorce myself (and still consider my self a strong conservative and a republican) – divorce can be nasty and full of alligations, wether or not they are true, is another matter. Partly because everyone's idea of reality in a divorce differs and everyone remembers things differentlly. My divorce was 10 years ago and I can guarentee that neither I, nor my ex, are the same people we were then. And the ill feelings we had back then are not even valid anymore. So, as a Christian Conservative Republican, I think the bigger scandel would be that the public (which is prodominately made up of divorced families in today's society) would see this man's divorce and past, what ever the reasons behind it might be, a reason to discount him. It sounds (and has sounded since the 90's) like he made mistakes in his life. I also believe that when a person asks for forgiveness of their sins, it is no longer our place to judge them. Let that be on the Lord. Our only issues we need to look at with the candidates are can they fiscally and soundly lead our country to a place that is better than it is now. May the best qualified in those departments of these two men win!

    January 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  213. Dorliza

    Release it as soon as it's known. He's a political figure so therefore he has to have thick skin. On another note...can you all please keep Gov. Goodhair? We don't want him back in Texas.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  214. Hank of Jacksonville, NC

    I think that now is the perfect time. Besides, I don't want a President that waddles when he walks and Gingrich is a waddler.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  215. Skeptimist

    American politics has become such an embarrassing stream of improprieties, your question seems like a facetious joke. And I don't blame you a bit.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  216. Toby (New Orleans)

    ASAP! Everything should be on the table. And people need good information to make an informed decision about who to vote for. No need to wait till after the South Carolina primary so that some of the voters wish they could have their votes back!

    January 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  217. Bob

    The sexual stupidy aside this guy is not qualified to be dog catcher let president. I will take Obama over any of them. P.S. if the world was perfect we would have a third party.......

    January 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  218. Uncle Crusty

    Sounds like Newt needs to stay out of trouble and practice being the master debater he is!

    January 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  219. R E C

    This guy is a REAL PIG! as a demacrat I would LOVE to have hime as the GOP nomonie. The hypocracy alone should disqualify him from holding any poblic office. HOW CAN ANYONE TRUST THIS GUY?

    January 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  220. Kyle from Indianapolis

    As soon as possible! Voters must know who their voting for to represent the US as its President. As for Gingrich, it appears that this situation is indefensible and even the "great debater" won't be able to squeeze out of this one!

    January 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  221. Sarah-Tucson, AZ

    The sooner the better. I am surprised it did not come up before the first primary.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  222. Terrie from Tallahassee

    Jack, I am very fond of Ally cats. . . Ally cats are friends of mine. . . Newt Gingrich is no Ally cat . . .

    January 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  223. WIlliam

    Before more people waste their vote backing a candidate whose past makes him virtually unelectable against Obama

    January 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  224. T. Beeth

    The sooner that kind of information about public figures comes, the better.

    What can the daughters from his first wife say about the 2nd wife and his affair with the 3rd (present) wife?

    Family values - Bah !!

    January 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  225. Tom in Illinois

    Dig all the dirt out now rather than later. The strong will survive and the weak will not. Go Newt

    January 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  226. CJ from Green Brook, NJ

    Report it when its most damaging.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  227. Hoody

    It is perfect timing of the release. We need to get this New World Order, Bohemian Grove Owl Worshipper out NOW. The timg of this release could not be better.

    If you want to try and save this country, Vote Ron Paul.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  228. Chris

    Early and often. Character counts.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  229. JEF, Houston, TX

    Well, the laws of mutual exclusivity say anytime... That is, one side would say now. The other side would say any other time. Everybody else says never. Put all three together and you get Anytime.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  230. Robert Pike, Homestead Fl

    The REAL question is how much of a candidates' personal life should be published or discussed. Politicians, like teachers, have to have above average moral and family standards. Newts' personal life WILL be a major factor in this race.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  231. Brenda from CA

    I think it should be reported as soon as it is discovered. Anyone running for public office should know that everything that they have done in the past will be scrutinized, and they should expect it.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  232. Missing the point

    The timing of the interview might be an interesting discussion, but what does it say about his moral character when he defers to his daughters to answer questions about his affairs and ex-wives. Do you really want this guy as President?

    January 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  233. Jim Davis

    The issue should be when was the interview conducted and how long the producers waited to air the interview. As a journalist it is acceptable to obtain and release information, but it should be without bias and as a means to provide information to the voters not trap a candidate. The problem is we don't know the time of the interview or the intent of the producers.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  234. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    After he wins the Republican nomination.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  235. John from Toronto

    Who says it's potentially damaging Jack? I didn't know ol' Newt had it in him, unlike some of the other republicans (insert Mitt) who look more like Madam Trousseaus House of wax dummies than real people.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  236. john

    Anytime is a bad time , but if you're running for president ,, definitely a bad time, Just remember he looked to God and god forgave him..

    January 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  237. Les Suhayda

    Anyone who is running for office should come clean at the beginning, otherwise they are looked at as flawed and dishonest. Acting as if you are smarter than everyone to get your way is not sound character. Good Luck Newt, your going to need it...

    January 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  238. dinak

    How about some intellectual integrity, Cafferty? Bill Clinton did this and much more both before and during his Presidency, yet the media did not deem him unfit to serve. I on the other hand, am not selectively outraged based on political affiliation. I believed that Bill Clinton was morally unfit to serve, and on the same basis, I hold those same convictions toward Mr. Gingrich.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  239. Jay Indiana

    in light of Gingrich's obsession with Clinton's infidelity in the 90s, more the reason that an ex-Gingrich wife should be interviewed ASAP

    January 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  240. sondra jordan

    This requires little thought. Newt is despicable. He would not make a good president because he is not a good person. He's smart...arguably smarter than OBama... but character is key and he's devoid of it.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  241. Vince Hugh Atlanta

    Mormons want several wives and the only reason they don't is because its illegal in America. Both Reid and Romney are Mormons. Gingrich has never been loved by the media, and this is red meat for them. But actually, this will only hurt ABC....what scums to release this information like they did when JFK was.....oops, he's a democrat. Also, ABC didn't release the info on John Edwards either...as a matter of fact it was rarely mentioned. Vince Hugh, Atlanta

    January 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  242. carol

    I wonder if the ABC reporter is going to reveal she had an affair and also pulled a "fergie" by promising an Israel group she could influence Newt....just asking.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  243. John Floyd Johnson

    Now is the time! Character is always important when evaluating a leader. The press can not start to decide timing of news. Then they are making news instead of reporting it.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  244. Chris from Mississippi

    Newt should have just stuck with the code. "It's cheaper to keep her."

    January 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  245. Sophia

    Newt needs to learn that things have consequences, "family values"? Well then he's doing a good job keeping up with his "family values". He lies and cheats and as Rick Perry said he lies he cheats, wouldn't it be just as easy for to lie to the American people. Its time for him to get what he deserves.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  246. Joe

    Wait till he gets the nomination and then hit him with all you've got.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  247. Wayne Field, Niagara Falls , Ontario

    I have been fascinated and intrigued by American politics since November 1963. And being a friendly Canuck I have always been just a quiet observer. However, if Mr. Gingrich, that heartless hypocrite, should become President of the United States, I daresay that the America that many of us know and love will be lost forever. Three wives (2 of whom he ditched in their hour of need) and several religious conversions later he believes he is now ready to be President. God save America.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  248. Hayk

    Amazing another reason for media to claim freedom of press and voters needs to know! Media needs is a juicy conflict. Needless to say they are more than happy to help nurture the conflict. Jack are you still wondering why politician can’t get anything done?

    January 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  249. Robert Schneider

    NOW is the time to air this interview...The people of S.C. need to know everything about Newt...even his open marriage aspirations. How can tout "family Values" not only with this tid- bit but after divorcing two women after they became ill? Love em and leave em Newt!
    Bob in Cooperstown NY

    January 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  250. Young,MD

    There is no proper time.. The pain,shock and humiliation she had to endure is not something any woman will forget even if she forgive the situation. And for him to be a front running to impeach president Clinton?? Give me a break.. What a blind individual he is... And you think he has what it takes to be a president when he couldn't even be a trustful husband??

    January 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  251. Sue

    It's a desperate pseudo- journalist that relies on the words of a politician's bitter ex for a so called story and considers them to be news! It's time for America to turn off journalism and start thinking for themselves again.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  252. jon ferreri

    Asap is when any information regarding any presidential candidate should be announced. I am really sick and tired of the the republicans always acting like they are so perfect and then having a stupid reply when they get their hand caught in the cookie jar. The republicans are so against Gay marriage because it is suppose to be such a high standard to be married yet they continue to play by different rules for whenever it may be convenient for their personal agenda. the bottom line don't throw rocks when you live in a glass house especially when you want to live in The White House.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  253. jerome from miami

    Jack, about 2 hours before the election. thats about how long people can remamber anything.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  254. EZ from Tennessee

    I think he wanted to become a Mormon, but it backfired.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  255. m1k3

    The time for release of damaging information by any candidate is when they announce. If they don't, any time before the election is appropriate by other parties.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  256. Paul Newsom

    When? Or should it be where? - as in news, or gossip channels.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  257. Tom

    Newt Gingrich is, without a doubt, the worst candidate for president of the USA, not because of his infidelity, but because he lacks basic sensitivity toward humanity. Rick Santorum is just creepy. Ron Paul is strange. Mitt Romney is out of touch with contemporary America.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  258. Robert P

    I think now is a fine time. If he were not running on a so called "Family Values" ticket where he think he has enough credibility on the topic of marriage to want to preach openly about gay marraige, then perhaps it would be less appropriate. But this is not the case. That combined with his holier than though attacks on Clinton when at the very same time he was cheating on his wife make this something voters should know about when they are selecting their candidate.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  259. Danram

    Personally speaking, if I were a South Carolina voter, I'd want to know about all of this BEFORE I went into the voting booth on Saturday. In my opinion, this matter speaks directly to the character .... or lack thereof .... of one of the leading contenders for the most powerful office in all the world. Character matters to me.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  260. Mary GA

    It can be shown any time that the media thinks it can satisfy viewers and get ratings.
    That is what capitalism is all about. Right?
    Viewers are customers

    January 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  261. Cee.Louisiana

    When a candidate is not forthcoming with his personal baggage except to say i have made mistakes, have grandchildren, and have found Jesus.... then he is fair game, they expect redemption for only themselves....

    January 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  262. Bill in Colorado

    In this case, the proper time to reveal such information is when the conversation turns to the character of the Republican presidential candidates. At that point, we should all consider the hypocrisy of crucifying - perhaps justafiably - Bill Clinton for his Lewinsky daliance while carrying on an affair with Callista. The hypocrisy of preaching family values he consciously spurns in his personal life. Can we believe a President Gingrich when he raises his right hand and pledges his loyalty to our country and its 300 million inhabitants when he has twice failed to be faithful to one solitary woman, a wife? We should think about that. Newt Gingrich is a talented, well-informed, and brilliant man. But for all his ardent advocacy of family values, patriotism , American exceptionalism and conservatism, he remains most committed to himself. Newt is all about Newt.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  263. Jon

    Now I know why Newt converted to the Catholic Church.
    He could not find the confessional at the Baptist Church.
    I'm not Catholic, but I don't think they endorse "open marriage" either.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  264. Monique

    It should have been released time his ex-wife came forward. No one worried about the timing of anything when it can to Hermain Cain. I see the NEWS MEDIA as a bunch of hypocrits when it come to Newt.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  265. Susan NJ

    There are so many issues that if not dealt with properlywill cause the collapse of this country and decay of it's moral fiber not the least of which is abortion. It a way to squirm out of discussing them by interviewing a man's ex-wives.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  266. Dan

    Mr Cafferty, concerning the second paragraph of this article, don't insult alley cats like that!!! They are animals who act purely on instint. The Grinch is a person who knew what he was doing.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  267. patricia, Detroit

    News should be reported as soon as it happens, if it is important. A better question is : Why would anyone vote for this dishonest old sleezebag with the plastic amoral 3rd wife ?

    January 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  268. Tina from Canada

    "Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now – always."
    Author: Albert Schweitzer

    January 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  269. Dustin

    When was the last time that what was proper was actually considered by major party candidates? Oh yeah, in Iowa when Newt played the role of the better man and was rewarded with a fourth place finish. I think it is common knowledge that when you run for office, those who would oppose you will dig up anything and everything to make you look bad. It seems to be a cornerstone of campaigning in modern politics. One suggestion would be to not do things that can make you look like a fool. Another would be to suck it up and deal with the bridges you've burned.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  270. S Jones

    You've got jokes Jack. There is never going to be a good time for Newt's life and comments to be shared if you ask his camp. He is just another person seeking office who lives in a glass house, throws stones and then looks amazed when the stones come back and break or chip the glass. That's politics, your opponents,media, etc., hanging all of your dirty details out there and that's why most people have enough common sense to stay out.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  271. Joshua Smith

    Anything for 15 minutes of fame.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  272. Dr. Ramana Madupalli

    "Proper Time?" Are you kidding me? This person is planning to become the Leader of World. Not some hypocratic, immoral, inhuman, stupid, perverted, crazy world. People who vote for him should be ashamed. So, any time is a right time. People who are questioning his wife's reasons for coming out now......come on now. Who cares about what her intentions are? She is atleast saving us form this immoral hypocrite.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  273. Tony from Oakland California

    As soon as possible.....
    Why mislead voters??? Like Herman Cain, who would never admit to wrong doing, unless facing an overwhelming amount of victims/witnesses. It appears Newt supporters need the same parade of witnesses/victims concerning Newt's lapses in Social Values. An ex-wife would be a Victim...not a Witness. While he's (Gingrich) at it, maybe he can address his concern for the statistic majority of those who collect welfare (Anglos' 59%) within the General Assistance demographic after our 2008 Wall Street economic catastrophy, instead of blamming Obama, and African Americans.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  274. Robert

    the proper time is now. Newt claim that he have forgineness from god. Well he is the first man in today's time that i know have talked directly with God without Jesus the intercessor.Newt time is gone I'm glad that he confessed publicly,but as being the President of the Great nation of the United States of America I'll never vote for him

    January 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  275. Jerome from Louisville

    What's wrong with tonight? I'm sure all the fine, upstanding Christians will be behind Mr. Gingrich,. Sure, he used to be a lying, cheating, hypocritical con artist. He's not cheating anymore, and he's asked God for forgiveness. After seeing Mary Ann, I hope he asked for better eye sight as well. Anyway, he's 68 now and doesn't have the energy he once had. Praise the Lord.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm |