Newt's Confession to Dr. Dobson

Matt Lewis
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Posted: Mar 09, 2007 10:24 AM

The second half of Newt Gingrich's interview with Dr. Dobson is up today.  You can listen to it here.

While Newt spent the first half of the show talking about terrorism, the interview is garnering lots of attention because it also includes an admission of an affair (during the same time he was going after Bill Clinton for the Lewinski scandal).  As the AP reports:

"The honest answer is yes," Gingrich, a potential 2008 Republican presidential candidate, said in an interview with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson to be aired Friday, according to a transcript provided to The Associated Press. "There are times that I have fallen short of my own standards. There's certainly times when I've fallen short of God's standards."

Newt's admission may imply he is, in fact, preparing for a Presidential run.  Smart politics demands that you get negative information behind you.  And because he is the one coming forward to tell the story, he can frame it in the least unfavorable light.  He also gets to pick the time and venue.  A good rule in politics is: When in doubt, you bring it out.  It sounds to me like he is seriously considering a run ...