Newt Gingrich’s two adult daughters said that charges that Newt wanted an open marriage are categorically false.
The ABC interview with Marianne Gingrich will air tonight on Nightline.
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Newt Gingrich’s two adult daughters said that charges by Gingrich’s second wife in an interview with ABC News that the GOP presidential contender asked for an “open marriage” are categorically false.
Kathy Lubbers and Jackie Cushman, Gingrich’s daughters by his first wife, told ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross they had spoken with their father about Marianne Gingrich’s allegation and that he had assured them he never asked for an open marriage.
“We spoke with him about that, Brian, and he said it’s simply not true,” said Kathy Lubbers. “The truth is our father and Marianne had a difficult marriage. They had a difficult divorce. … The American people have moved on. Our father has moved on.”
“I think most divorces are very painful, they’re never easy,” said Jackie Cushman. “Dad tried very hard to make their marriage work, and unfortunately it didn’t.”
In an interview to be broadcast on “Nightline,” her first since her 1999 split from the former Speaker of the House, Marianne Gingrich told Ross that Gingrich sought an “open marriage” arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife.