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Romney launches attack on Gingrich's private life highlighting his 'infidelity, divorces'

December 8, 2011 - Washington

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney launched an attack on Newt Gingrich's private life by highlighting the former House Speaker's infidelity and two divorces, in a desperate attempt to block his path to victory.

Republican presidential contender Romney began alluding to Gingrich's personal life in a television advert, to try to reverse his surge in the opinion polls.

Romney said he had been married to his wife Ann for "42 years", to a slide show of family pictures.

"If I'm President of the United States, I will be true to my family, my faith and our country," he added.

According to The Telegraph, in a speech in Washington, Romney described his "42-year marriage" as one of the "defining constants in my life".

"My commitments are firm, and they do not falter," he added.

Gingrich divorced his first wife, Jackie, in 1980 as she was in hospital recovering from surgery to remove a tumour.

After marrying his second wife, Marianne, he had an affair with Calista Bisek, a staff member 23 years his junior, even while leading an inquiry into President Bill Clinton's liaisons with Monica Lewinsky.

He eventually married Bisek in 2000 following a divorce from Marianne, who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis eight months earlier.

Gingrich is, however, emerging as the clear Republican frontrunner for the 2012 presidential elections.

According to a recent Gallup's poll, Gingrich rates well ahead of Romney in terms of "positive intensity" of support, and more Republicans view him as an acceptable nominee than Romney.


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