CINCINNATI (TDB) --Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich may not be running for the Republican presidential nomination right now, but he's been hanging with Focus on the Family's Dr. James Dobson and told him he's been doing some serious praying.
Gingrich will be on Dobson's radio show twice later this week and told the Christian right leader he's "gotten on my knees and sought God's forgiveness." Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family said the Gingrich prayers were over his personal moral failings.
Dobson and Gingrich also chat up the ex-speaker's new book, Rediscovering God in America and discuss Islamic extremists. Focus on the Family said that Gingrich agreed with Dodson's assessment that Muslim radicals are like 1930s Nazis, and that many Democratic and Republican leaders don't grasp the threat. "It's a warrior culture, that has been true historically for 6,000 or 7,000 years," Gingrich told Dobson.
Gingrich is often mentioned as a possible GOP candidate in 2008. A sit-down with Dobson for a radio interview doesn't hurt. Although conservative, Gingrich is not a traditional family values standard-bearer. He fooled around on his first wife, Jackie Battley, with another woman who told Vanity Fair Magazine they had oral sex but not intercourse.
He served Battley with divorce papers while she was in the hospital after cancer surgery, then married Marianne Ginther. They went splitsville in 1999 and Newt married Callista Bisek, 23 years younger and a House aide. Gingrich said recently the early start of the 2008 presidential campaign could open the door to someone who jumps in later. He said the public would become bored. He said it would not be too late for him to enter after Labor Day if there was no clear favorite on the GOP side.