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Gingrich responds to ex-wife’s allegations

What Newt Gingrich and ex-wife Marianne Gingrich said about her allegations that the Republican presidential hopeful asked her for an open marriage when she discovered his infidelity.

Marianne Gingrich:

On possible arrangements with the former speaker’s mistress, and now wife, Callista:

“And I just stared at him and he said, ‘Callista doesn’t care what I do.’ He wanted an open marriage and I refused. . . . that is not a marriage.’’

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On her learning the affair was conducted in her own bedroom:

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“He always called me at night and always ended with ‘I love you.’ Well, she was listening.’’

On his speeches on the importance of marriage and family:

“How could he ask me for a divorce on Monday and within 48 hours give a speech on family values and talk about how people treat people?’’

On her motives to speak out now:

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“Truthfully, my whole purpose was to get out there about who I was, so Newt couldn’t create me as an evil, awful person, which was starting to happen.’’

Newt Gingrich:

“Let me be quite clear. The story is false. Every personal friend I have who knew us in that period said the story was false. We offered several of them to ABC to prove it was false. They weren’t interested because they would like to attack any Republican.’’

SOURCES: ABC News “Nightline,’’

Washington Post