Recent polls show that Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich has soared ahead of previous front runner, Herman Cain, in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.  Cain’s “awkward” performance in interviews especially concerning his absolute lack of knowledge about Libya, has gone from arrogance to ignorance.  With the additional sexual harassment claims against him, Cain is probably finished as a presidential and vice presidential candidate.  Although many of the Republican presidential candidates come with some baggage, will Newt become the “chosen one” instead of Romney?  Frankly, I don’t think so.

On March 3, 2011, Gingrich officially announced a website entitled “Newt Exploratory 2012” of a potential presidential run.  On May 11, 2011, Gingrich officially announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination in 2012.  However, on June 9, 2011, many of Gingrich’s senior campaign aides quit leading to concerns about the viability of his presidential run.  On June 21, 2011, two additional aides left but Gingrich stated that he had no intention to quit the race for the Republican nomination.  So, even Gingrich’s staffers questioned his viability as a presidential candidate.  But what about the personal image he projects as a presidential candidate?

Gingrich has been married three times.  In 1962, when he was 19, he married 26 year old Jackie Battley.  In the spring of 1980, Gingrich left Battley after having an affair with Marianne Ginther.  Six months after the divorce from Battley, Gingrich married Ginther in 1981.  In the 1990s, Gingrich began an affair with Callista Bisek, a very young staffer in the House of Representatives. They continued their affair during the Lewinsky scandal when Gingrich became a leader of the Republican investigation of President Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with his alleged affair.  In 2000, Gingrich married Bisek shortly after his divorce from Ginther and they are currently together, at least for now.  So his history of marital infidelity will undoubtedly be further exposed and may not set well with many women voters.

Gingrich also has a history of flip-flops.  For example:

Health-Insurance Mandate:

  • Flip: “Personal responsibility extends to the purchase of health insurance. Citizens should not be able to cheat their neighbors by not buying insurance, particularly when they can afford it, and expect others to pay for their care when they need it.” — June 2007
  • Flop: “I am against any effort to impose a federal mandate on anyone because it is fundamentally wrong and I believe unconstitutional.” — May 16, 2011


  • Flip: “I think if you have mandatory carbon caps combined with a trading system, much like we did with sulfur, and if you have a tax-incentive program for investing in the solutions, that there’s a package there that’s very, very good. And frankly, it’s something I would strongly support.” — February 2007
  • Flop: “A carbon cap and trade system … would lead to corruption, political favoritism, and would have a huge impact on the economy.” — April 21, 2008

Climate Change:

  • Flip: “I think is that the evidence is sufficient that we should move towards the most effective possible steps to reduce carbon-loading of the atmosphere.” — April 10, 2007
  • Flop: “I actually don’t know whether global warming is occurring.” — November 8, 2011


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  1. Recently I wrote the following ccrnenniog Newt and Mitt:Newt Gingrich is marvelously articulate, witty, and a known history buff who can wow crowds with his charm and brilliance. His past personal history is a tragedy; if not for it, in my opinion, he could have run previously and already been POTUS. However, I doubt seriously that the American People will forget the past unfaithfulness and broken promises that marred his otherwise incredible career. Of one thing we can be certain, if Gingrich does manage to beat out Romney for the Republican nomination, Obama’s cronies and supportive media will drench the American public with the most negative smear campaign against him ever launched on anyone. Because his past failures have no real excuse, Obama would probably prevail. If Romney wins the nomination—which on strength of character, experience, and proven business acumen in turning around failing enterprises—would be the wisest decision collectively that Republicans could make, the Obama attack dogs unleashing their most vitriolic and salacious lies will not find much traction. Romney’s character is almost flawless and his record unbelievably great in every field he has been allowed and fortunate to enter. Will he win in Iowa? Perhaps not but he will either win or be 2nd or 3rd. Will he win New Hampshire? Undoubtedly yes. I believe as the American people continue to see the real Mitt Romney and not the MSM countefeit bogey man the Media Left has tried to create, he will zoom to the Republican Nomination and then become POTUS.Nancy, you have openly expressed the unfaithfulness and broken promises of which Mr. Gingrich is guilty. Can he be trusted to keep his word in the face of an all-out attack on his character by Obama or to mute the critics and gain support will he move to the center on issues vitally important to all America and the world including Israel. I would hope not but Newt has been a in-your-face kind of politician at times causing consternation to social conservatives and backing causes that just don’t make very good sense. . Comparing him to Obama, there is no comparison, Newt is far superior. Then again, comparing him to Mitt Romney is also no comparison, Mitt is far superior. It’s true, character counts.

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