ABC News was poised to release a two-hour interview with Republican presidential nominee Newt Gingrich’s second ex-wife Marianne on Wednesday, but bowed under pressure from both inner and outer sources. According to the former Marianne Gingrich herself, the interview would “end his career” and make sure he would have no chance at winning the Republican nomination. ABC News decided to withhold the interview until after the South Carolina primary tonight (January 19, 2011) for “ethical” reasons. However, they could not control leaks that have already revealed some of the content that is sure to come out in the days following.
One of the primary damning revelations the interview supposedly makes is that Newt requested that he and Marianne have an “open marriage.” This is a highly controversial subject to most Americans, and especially to the Republican stronghold of evangelical Christians. This is only one of the things that Marianne supposedly reveals in the two-hour exchange that is sure to rock the campaign trail. To make matters worse, the first question directed to Newt Gingrich in the Republican debate was about his marriage. He lashed out with outrage at the question early in the process.
The reality here is that ‘ole Newt had little or no chance against Mitt Romney anyhow, and even less of a chance if he won against Barack Obama, the sitting United States President. Newt is an old-school politician that spurred the kind of hope for change that vaulted Obama into the White House in 2008. However, there is still an ethical dilemma going on about whether ABC should or should not have aired the interview as planned.