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Newt Gingrich Vows Not To Cheat On Current Wife

Submitted by on December 13, 2011 – 10:46 am3 Comments

Newt Gingrich has issued a detailed outline of how he would “defend and strengthen the family” as President, including the promise that he uphold “personal fidelity” towards his current wife.

Gingrich has been married three times, presumably making some sort of pledge of faithfulness each time. He committed adultery on both of his first two wives; his relationship with his current wife, Callista, began while Gingrich was still married and she was his congressional staffer.

The pledge was sent to The FAMiLY LEADER, a conservative Iowa group. (The capitalization of their name is meant to illustrate the subordination of the individual in a family.)

The FAMiLY LEADER’s “Marriage Vow” made headlines when Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann signed it last summer. The preamble to the vow claimed that African-American families were more intact under slavery than they are today, sparking outrage across the political spectrum and driving few other candidates to endorse the group. At the time, Gingrich refused to sign.

But Gingrich is now the front runner by some counts in the Republican primary, and his multiple marriages and infidelities are a major vulnerability in his record as a social conservative. With this “vow,” he has made sweeping promises not only about his personal life, but about his bullish stances against abortion, gay marriage, welfare, and the federal courts. It proclaims his support for religious freedom as far as it extends to “believers”.

What do you think? Will Newt’s personal life be an obstacle to the White House?

[Image via Kevin Wolf/AP]

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