Thursday, June 2, 2011

Top evangelical wants Newt to give speech on adultery

And Gingrich is reportedly considering it.

Adelle Banks talks with Richard Land -- president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

[Land] thinks Gingrich needs to give an honest address about his past failings, similar to John F. Kennedy's Houston speech about his Catholic beliefs, or Mitt Romney's 2007 defense of his Mormonism.

"Don't try to explain it," Land said he's advised Gingrich, who he said would think about it.

"Just confess it and ask for forgiveness."

And are Newt's problems with female voters -- which have been showing up in poll after poll -- a result of his dalliances?

"Men are much more willing to cut him some slack than women are," said Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land, who said he's asked hundreds of Southern Baptists what they think of Gingrich and his past.

"I find that women don't trust him and it doesn't help that he's married to the 'other woman'."