Newt Gingrich survives quiz over private life
Newt Gingrich has emerged virtually unscathed from his first debate since becoming frontrunner in the race for the Republican US presidential nomination.
In Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday the former Speaker of the US House of Representatives spent two hours parrying assaults on his character, fidelity, political consistency, business career, and foreign policy credentials.
He said on Saturday: “I will tell the truth, even if it's at the risk of causing some confusion sometimes with the timid.”
He dealt calmly with criticisms of his private life, acknowledging that he has “made mistakes” in past marital infidelities and saying he is changed from the errant husband who famously cheated on not one, but two ex-spouses.
“I've had to go to God for forgiveness,” Mr Gingrich said, stressing his conversion to Catholicism and suggesting his days of sexual adventure were past, adding: “I am a 68-year-old grandfather.”