He blamed his affairs on stress while working in Congress.
Newt Gingrich: “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate. And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them.
There’s contrition in this statement, and Gingrich goes on to discuss forgiveness. David Brody, the reporter in this story, makes a fair point about forgiveness as well. We all certainly need it, as none of us can claim anything approaching moral perfection.
But being President of the United States is not arguably a more stressful job than being a congressman or even speaker: POTUS is a more stressful job. Gingrich’s statement here is almost an admission against interest: He’s saying stress causes him to do bad things. The voting public’s most obvious and likely answer to that is to not vote him into the most stressful job in the world.