Newt promises he won’t cheat on Callista as president

posted at 4:25 pm on December 12, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Earlier this summer, Newt Gingrich passed on the opportunity to sign The Family Leader Marriage Vow, which asks political candidates to commit to take specific actions to support traditional marriage upon election. Gingrich didn’t object to the pledge so fiercely as Mitt Romney, whose campaign staffers called parts of the pledge “undignified and inappropriate,” but the former House Speaker did suggest he thought the pledge could use some tweaking. At the time, at least one pundit jokingly speculated that Gingrich didn’t like the inclusion of the phrase “personal fidelity to my spouse.”

Turns out, he’s on board with that. The GOP frontrunner finally officially responded to The Family Leader executive board’s long-ago invitation to him to sign the pledge. He didn’t actually sign it, but, in a letter, he says that, as president, he would (a) support a federal marriage amendment, (b) ensure no taxpayer dollars go to fund abortions either at home or abroad and (c) fight for conscience protections for healthcare providers … among other things.

But the most interesting sentence of Gingrich’s letter comes at the end of the second paragraph.

“I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others,” Gingrich writes.

Call me crazy, but I thought marriage vows were supposed to be all the pledge a person needed to make to reassure a potential partner — and any interested onlookers — of fidelity. (That was actually the valid objection Romney made to the pledge in the first place.) Then again, in light of recent increased scrutiny of Gingrich’s past affairs (and, most notably, attacks from the long-married Mitt), perhaps this explicit expression of faithfulness is savvy.


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I am not a witch.

portlandon on December 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

didn’t he kind of do that on his wedding day?

hanzblinx on December 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

I don’t know about savvy or necessary but he does have a history. Just like Mitt needs to keep telling us he’ll get rid of Obamacare.

Cindy Munford on December 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

If I looked like Newt, I wouldn’t cheat on Callista either.

vegconservative on December 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

It’s come to this.

DaydreamBeliever on December 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Bah, humbug.

listens2glenn on December 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

I am Newt Gingrich and I endorse this message! Now, it is time for the ceremonial blowing of one’s load in the nearest intern.

Darth Executor on December 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Stupid.

He should have just said it was a personal matter and left it there. This is not a subject in which he can win anything due to his past misbehavior.

Just walk away Newt, just walk away.

sharrukin on December 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

I am not a Muslim.

Eph on December 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

That’s one promise he won’t have to keep, he isn’t getting elected.

Calllista’s hair is sickening. My God, why does this woman bleach it that color? Does anyone think this is attractive?

lonestar1 on December 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Did Callista sign a pledge, too?

DaydreamBeliever on December 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Bill Clinton promises not to sleep with any one person during a Gingrich presidency too.

Oil Can on December 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

didn’t he kind of do that on his wedding day?

hanzblinx on December 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Ouch, smack down, that’s gonna’ leave a mark, rimshot…

cozmo on December 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Pledges are stupid.

Once a cheater, always a cheater.

JPeterman on December 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

What did he promise his previous wives?

Pablo Honey on December 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Cindy Munford on December 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

That’s really all that needs be said here.

listens2glenn on December 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

She’s a looker, that’s for sure. Got a nice, warm housewifey appearence to her. I’ll bet she’s a fantastic cook.

a capella on December 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

It’s the economy stupid.

moonsbreath on December 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

I am not a witch sex-crazed poodle.

portlandon on December 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

That’s more like it.

JohnGalt23 on December 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Calllista’s hair is sickening. My God, why does this woman bleach it that color? Does anyone think this is attractive?

lonestar1 on December 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Yep – Brian Jones in 1965.

50sGuy on December 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Calllista’s hair is sickening. My God, why does this woman bleach it that color? Does anyone think this is attractive?

lonestar1 on December 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

The yellowish-white stuff in her hair? I have some bad news for you, it’s not bleach.

Darth Executor on December 12, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Move along, nothing to see here.

Joffen on December 12, 2011 at 4:33 PM

[quote]I am Newt Gingrich and I endorse this message! Now, it is time for the ceremonial blowing of one’s load in the nearest intern.

Darth Executor on December 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM
[\quote]

Actually, Newt and Billy Jeff do look a lot alike…

CorporatePiggy on December 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM

I am not a US citizen.

Eph on December 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

“I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others,” Gingrich writes.

Call me crazy, but I thought marriage vows were supposed to be all the pledge a person needed to make to reassure a potential partner — and any interested onlookers — of fidelity.

What’s the harm in saying it?

More scrutiny of meaningless stuff.

mankai on December 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Oh that is really comforting, after already cheating on 2 wives.

This is a guy to be trusted after breaking his wedding vows/oath. Couple that to his ethic violation, his progressive ways with global warming, mandates, TARP and we got ourselves another unethical progressive liberal.

It appears Newt just drop 5% in Iowa and it was taken before he was really taken to the woodshed in the last debate;

Newt 22% (He was at 27%)
Romney 17%
Paul 17%
Perry 13% (Perry up 8% since the last poll)

http://americanresearchgroup.com/pres2012/primary/rep/ia/

Go Perry 2012

bzip on December 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Newt promises he won’t cheat on Callista as president

Well, it all depends on what the meaning of “cheat” is.

This reminds me of women who marry philanderers hoping they will change only to discover that men who cheat never really change unless you can lock that part of them in a toolboax.

TheRightMan on December 12, 2011 at 4:37 PM

vegconservative on December 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Amen

CrazyGene on December 12, 2011 at 4:37 PM

See, this is one promise Obama won’t have to make.

He doesn’t have the nuts.

Sir Napsalot on December 12, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Mitt thinks people who make over $200K/yr are “the rich” and he plans no tax relief for them… but, by golly, he didn’t repeat his marriage vows ’cause they were sufficient the first time.

He’s got my vote!

/

mankai on December 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

lonestar1 on December 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Sometimes it isn’t on purpose. You start out with highlights and over the years you get more and more blonde and then as you get gray darker colors tend fade in no time. I struggle with it now, it’s annoying as he!!, I do forgo the pouffe helmet hair style though.

Cindy Munford on December 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Actually she is a pretty class act. Something with which some of you are apparently not familiar.

Leave the man’s wife alone.

Irritable Pundit on December 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Newt Gingrich lied about Freddie Mac. I doubt he’d change his tune on cheating, too.

The Nerve on December 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

It’s the economy stupid.

moonsbreath on December 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

+1000

Flora Duh on December 12, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Newt Gingrich lied about Freddie Mac. I doubt he’d change his tune on cheating, too.

The Nerve on December 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

He “lied”?

mankai on December 12, 2011 at 4:40 PM

..oh yeah, that’s gonna do it for me.

How perfidious!

The War Planner on December 12, 2011 at 4:40 PM

~~gosh~~~
First you cant trust Mitt Romney, now Newt Gringrich is promising not to commit adultery (again).

Jeddite on December 12, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Isn’t that part of the whole getting married thing?

Colonel Chowdah on December 12, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Cheat with what, exactly?

Archivarix on December 12, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Quite frankly, if you want to get biblical about it, considering most people have sex before they get married, pretty much everyone is already an adulterer going in.

DaydreamBeliever on December 12, 2011 at 4:41 PM

He won’t cheat on his wife? What about the US Constitution? He swore an oath to abide by it, be he lied about that as well – same goes for “I love a mandate” Romney.

MoreLiberty on December 12, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Newt!!

boogaleesnots on December 12, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Newt promises he won’t cheat on Callista as president

Also, he’s got a bridge for sale.

FloatingRock on December 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Shorter Newt: I’m getting old.

MNcommonsense on December 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Actually she is a pretty class act. Something with which some of you are apparently not familiar.

Leave the man’s wife alone.

Irritable Pundit on December 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

She banged a married man. That instantly disqualifies her from being a class act of any kind.

Darth Executor on December 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

We are actually choosing between the man who created the blueprint for ObamaCare, and a serial cheater who lauded a government healthcare mandate.

F**k you, Republicans. See you in 2016, if there’s anything left by then.

MadisonConservative on December 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Never anger a pterodactyl.

Seth Halpern on December 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Didn’t he do that with the other two wives? Or well, maybe the third time really is a charm.

mark cantu on December 12, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Has Mooch signed that, yet?

Just askin’

MNHawk on December 12, 2011 at 4:43 PM

She banged a married man. That instantly disqualifies her from being a class act of any kind.

Darth Executor on December 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

He wasn’t really married.

/RCC

mankai on December 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM

This is strange

gophergirl on December 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Jumpin’ JEEEEIMNIY Christmas onna pogo stick hoppin up and down!!!

It shore is gonna be funny to see all these mittbots and “Newt-icles”
About face when one or the other gets the nominations LOLOLOL
Cuz I hope none of y’all are stupid enough to not hold your nose for whichever horrid candidate we get and let Obama win.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on December 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Shorter Newt: I’m getting old.

MNcommonsense on December 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

The little blue pill cancels that out.

portlandon on December 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Go Perry 2012

bzip on December 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Thanks for the info, bzip.

Perry is making a comeback despite the best attempts by media – both conservative and liberal – to underreport it.

The media is more interested in pulling articles or twisting news items that support their memes on Perry:

1. Perry is dumb
2. Perry’s campaign is struggling

Forget the high profile endorsements he continues to receive, forget his having won the last few debates, forget anything positive about Perry – he must be brought down until he shocks them into silence by performing better than the polls suggest.

Meanwhile, we are being fed a constant diet of “Gingrich is da man!” Polls upon polls telling us he is ever on the ascendancy and nothing can stop him.

Never mind the growing disenchantment with Gingrich and the Dems salivating at the prospect of meeting him. Never mind that debates play little to no role in a general campaign – at least less than hyped.

The meme with Gingrich is that he is the unstoppable frontrunner and this will also continue until it meets reality either at the primaries or the general election.

TheRightMan on December 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Leave the man’s wife alone.

Irritable Pundit on December 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

She cheated with a married man and stood next to Newt, on stage while giving a speech, per Ed.

His wife Callista stood by his side throughout his speech, the only candidate to bring anyone else on stage with him

She is fair game.

JPeterman on December 12, 2011 at 4:46 PM

I guess I must be in the minority here, because I happen to believe that someone is able to change. Especially if they’ve experienced a spiritual transformation, and become a grandparent.

Believe me, I speak from personal experience.

Flora Duh on December 12, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Newt 22% (He was at 27%)
Romney 17%
Paul 17%
Perry 13% (Perry up 8% since the last poll)

http://americanresearchgroup.com/pres2012/primary/rep/ia/

Go Perry 2012

bzip on December 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

YEAH!

gophergirl on December 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM

I will not have sexual relations with another woman.

swamp_yankee on December 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM

OK, so he won’t cheat on Callistia if she becomes president. But what if, somehow, he becomes president? Or am I reading the headline wrong?

osborn4 on December 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM

F**k you, Republicans. See you in 2016, if there’s anything left by then.

MadisonConservative on December 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

You seem upset.

Cindy Munford on December 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM

“I will not cheat on my wife if elected president. However, in the unlikely event that I lose …

Rod on December 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Pie crust promise?

cheetah2 on December 12, 2011 at 4:48 PM

F**k you, Republicans. See you in 2016, if there’s anything left by then.

MadisonConservative on December 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

You seem upset.

Cindy Munford on December 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Ya think?

Rod on December 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM

I guess I must be in the minority here, because I happen to believe that someone is able to change. Especially if they’ve experienced a spiritual transformation, and become a grandparent.

Believe me, I speak from personal experience.

Flora Duh on December 12, 2011 at 4:46 PM

I think he’s changed but I think it’s weird that he has to promise not to cheat on her.

It’s odd.

gophergirl on December 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM

this man is an idiot…besides, considering his Methuselah age, am sure Callista has nothing to worry about…

jimver on December 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM

So if he loses, watch out Calista!??

SouthernGent on December 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Now, it is time for the ceremonial blowing of one’s load in the nearest intern.

Darth Executor on December 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

She banged a married man.

Darth Executor on December 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Keep it classy.

Flora Duh on December 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM

“I’m running for office for pete’s sake!” – Newt Romney.

MNcommonsense on December 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM

She banged a married man. That instantly disqualifies her from being a class act of any kind.
Darth Executor on December 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

And over a period of years, in the Speaker’s Office, and someone calls her classy? I wonder if she has a blue dress?

lonestar1 on December 12, 2011 at 4:51 PM

“I’m running for office for pete’s sake!” – Newt Romney.

MNcommonsense on December 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Hey, I didn’t know Pete was running, I vote for Pete!

ConservativePartyNow on December 12, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Vote him in for 3 terms and make her his longest serving Wife.

astonerii on December 12, 2011 at 4:52 PM

You know, Newt dropped a few notches by saying what he did. He should have left the last part out.

ConservativePartyNow on December 12, 2011 at 4:52 PM

I think he’s changed but I think it’s weird that he has to promise not to cheat on her.

It’s odd.

gophergirl on December 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM

What Tina did not include in this post, is that Congresswoman Bachmann, Governor Perry and Senator Santorum have also signed it.

Flora Duh on December 12, 2011 at 4:52 PM

So if he loses, watch out Calista!??

I am not a serial aldulterer. however oral sex is not sex

gerrym51 on December 12, 2011 at 4:54 PM

He “lied”?

mankai on December 12, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Of course.

FloatingRock on December 12, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Calllista’s hair is sickening. My God, why does this woman bleach it that color? Does anyone think this is attractive?

What is it with women dying their hair platinum blond? It is a slutty look, and yes, she is a slut. The only thing missing is a tatoo and that mey yet be revealed.

bopbottle on December 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Rod on December 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Well, it is MadCon, he doesn’t have a lot of in between.

Cindy Munford on December 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Newt: As long as she doesn’t get sick like the other two.

scotash on December 12, 2011 at 4:58 PM

And this is the best we can do? We are sooooo screwed…

sandee on December 12, 2011 at 4:58 PM

THEY LOOK CREEPY AND THEY ARE CREEPY.
Newt says they make all their decisions together – does that mean she’ll be in the Cabinet?
I guess he leaves the door open to Adultery if he loses!

IlonaE on December 12, 2011 at 4:59 PM

His wife Callista stood by his side throughout his speech, the only candidate to bring anyone else on stage with him

She is fair game.

JPeterman on December 12, 2011 at 4:46 PM

In other words, he isn’t going to get the chance to stray. She’s watching him like a buzzard watches a crippled elk.

Lily on December 12, 2011 at 5:00 PM

It is a slutty look, and yes, she is a slut.

bopbottle on December 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM

You don’t have to like Callista, but in my opinion that is pretty much a ban-worthy comment.

Tina? Anyone listening?

DaydreamBeliever on December 12, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Well since he promised, I guess no need to have any worries now.

verbaluce on December 12, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Pretty easy to declare you’re not going to cheat when you’re pushing 70 years-old, I’d imagine.

But, you know…good for him.

capitalist piglet on December 12, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Does his promise mean he’s cheating on her now, but if elected, he won’t?

lonestar1 on December 12, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Did he not make a similar promise to his first two wives?

tbrickert on December 12, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Callista will make a high class First Lady.
She has the noble looks of a duchess from the Renaissance.

magone on December 12, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Gingrich is 7 years younger than his first wife, about the same age as his second wife, and 23 years older than Callista. Callista has nothing to worry about–would any younger woman go for him?

But it is POSSIBLE that Newt has cleaned up his life, and the third time is a charm. Newt has nothing to lose by signing the pledge, but everything to lose by refusing. Let’s see if the voters will trust him.

Steve Z on December 12, 2011 at 5:03 PM

In other words, he isn’t going to get the chance to stray. She’s watching him like a buzzard watches a crippled elk.

Lily on December 12, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Tis the life of a cheater.

JPeterman on December 12, 2011 at 5:04 PM

She is a bizarre looking woman. It’s like looking at a teenager made up and playing a grandmother on Broadway.

capitalist piglet on December 12, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Callista will make a high class First Lady.
She has the noble looks of a duchess from the Renaissance.

magone on December 12, 2011 at 5:03 PM

LOL

capitalist piglet on December 12, 2011 at 5:06 PM

You don’t have to like Callista, but in my opinion that is pretty much a ban-worthy comment.

Tina? Anyone listening?

DaydreamBeliever on December 12, 2011 at 5:01 PM

“Anderson! ANDERSON!!”

capitalist piglet on December 12, 2011 at 5:07 PM

A pledge like this is total nonsense. Why can’t these candidates tell us who they are and then go forth and be that person. None of us are perfect, we’ve all made mistakes–own them and address them. Don’t hide behind some inane pledge. Tell me how you will fix the country and leave the other foolishness to the left. By signing this, Gingrich has made himself a punchline and given the media a new headline.

Hestia on December 12, 2011 at 5:07 PM

No Offense Newt, but with a mug like that, it’s easy to say…. I know… I got one too.

CynicalOptimist on December 12, 2011 at 5:07 PM

When I start to know too much about someone’s personal life, it becomes harder for me to see them as the leader of my country.

Although, we have been leaderless for so long, maybe I wouldn’t know the difference.

earlgrey133 on December 12, 2011 at 5:08 PM

pppssssst, Calista…….aren’t you the adultress that he left his 2nd wife for?

No worries Conservatives. He’s soooooooo electable.

THIS is what a Dying Republic looks like everyone.

PappyD61 on December 12, 2011 at 5:09 PM

It is a slutty look, and yes, she is a slut. The only thing missing is a tatoo and that mey yet be revealed.
bopbottle

Perhaps that would be the only women you’ve ever met?
The beauty lays in the eyes of a beholder?

magone on December 12, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Geeze Louise, people, is this the HuffPo? The man is sayign that he won’t embrass himself by cheating on yet another wife. He’s not saying “If you elect me POTUS I won’t cheat”. I’m sure as we “speak” the HuffPo is twisting this all the same way mopst of you are.

DethMetalCookieMonst on December 12, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I’ve never participated in the pile-ons of Michelle Obama’s looks, so I sure won’t participate in dumping on Mrs. Gingrich. I do know I’d much rather have her in the First Lady position than the current occupier of that office.

Flora Duh on December 12, 2011 at 5:10 PM

He makes himself less appealing to me every day…jeez..

mlewis7299 on December 12, 2011 at 5:11 PM

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