Rush Limbaugh attacked ABC News over the network's upcoming interview with Newt Gingrich's ex-wife, and compared the GOP candidate to Bill Clinton over his request for an open marriage.
On Wednesday, the Drudge Report revealed that ABC had a "bombshell campaign interview" with Marianne Gingrich. In the interview, which is scheduled to air on Thursday night, she told Brian Ross that Gingrich had requested an open marriage to accommodate his affair with another woman.
Limbaugh was extremely skeptical of reports that ABC News was debating the ethical implications of airing the interview before the South Carolina primary. The radio host charged, "If there was any debate at ABC, it was over when would be the best time to do it so as to cause the most harm." He alleged that the network was trying to "clear" the GOP field, and never dug up dirt on Democratic candidates.
Limbaugh also drew parallels between Gingrich and Bill Clinton over their affairs. He said that Gingrich "wanted an open marriage just like Bill and Hillary and in fact, Newt actually had the politeness to ask permission for it. You think Bill ever did that?" He speculated that the charges against Gingrich, which he dismissed as unimportant, might even prompt Democrats to vote for him.