Gingrich: 'I Cheat, but Don't Lie'

Republican denies hypocrisy, mulls presidential run
By Sarah Seltzer,  Newser User
Posted Mar 9, 2007 10:07 AM CST

(Newser) – Newt Gingrich, the former "family values" congressman from Georgia, was cheating on his wife even while hounding Bill Clinton for doing the same. In an interview that airs tonight, Gingrich confessed the 1998 affair to Focus on the Family's James Dobson. But he's no hypocrite, he reasons, because he never lied about it "in front of a sitting federal judge."

Gingrich, who once married his former high-school math teacher only to divorce her when she got cancer, may be airing this dirty laundry preemptively; rumors are circulating about his own presidential run. He told Dobson he'd decide in the fall.