This is the actual interview which Newt Gingrich had with David Brody:
David Brody: I’m curious; when I talk to evangelicals they bring up the word forgiveness. They say you know what, the media wants to bash you for the past, for some of the marital issues of the past, but yet, when I talk to evangelicals, they’re like been there, done that, regarding forgiveness. And that is very important. What does that say to you? The sentiment of forgiveness from evangelicals?
Newt Gingrich: Well, I think it’s important. It’s also important that they recognize that I have not hidden from the facts of my life, that I have confessed my weaknesses, and that I have had to go to God for forgiveness and for reconciliation. And I think most people can identify, either with themselves or with loved ones, that life has moments that are very sad, you wish wouldn’t have occurred. And you look back on them and you seek forgiveness for not having done everything you could have.
So, I think in that sense, it may make me more normal than somebody who wanders around seeming perfect and maybe not understanding the human condition, and the challenges of life for normal people.
Normal people have weaknesses – yes. Normal people, however, do not cheat on their dying first wife or their life-long diseased second wife while seemingly asking her for an open marriage. I don’t get this…
Has the Republican Party just completely given up the facade of the party of public values?
And yet the man who is faithfully married to the same women for years, two wonderful and happy daughters…that is the great moral menace?