Newt: Passions Led to Mistakes
He 'felt compelled to seek God's forgiveness' he tells Christian media
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2011 8:42 AM CST
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., speaks during a news conference in the Governor's office Thursday March 3, 2011 in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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(Newser) – Newt Gingrich cheated on his first two wives, maybe because he loves America so much. That’s what the ex-speaker told the Christian Broadcast Network last night, in a repentant interview seemingly designed to address one of the bigger blotches on his presidential resume, Politico reports. “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate,” Gingrich said.

“When I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them,” Gingrich continued. “I found that I felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness.” He added that he currently has a “great marriage,” and that God had “blessed me with an opportunity as a person. Forget about all this political stuff. As a person, I’ve had the opportunity to have a wonderful life.”