A Look Back at Newt Gingrich's Career

Monday, January 23, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich reaches to shake hands during a campaign stop at the Cathedral of Praise on January 15, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. Newt Gingrich reaches to shake hands during a campaign stop in Charleston, South Carolina. (Mark Wilson/Getty)

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has had a long political career. But along the way, as Mitt Romney's SuperPAC Restore our Future gleefully points out, he accrued 84 ethics complaints during his tenure in the House, and accepted a $1.6 million donation from Freddie Mac. But that's not the whole list of Gingrich's malfeasance, public or personal. The Takeaway looks back at the triumphs — and scandals — that have trailed him.

Produced by:

Jay Cowit

Comments [1]

Pat Jacobs from Pittsburgh, PA

The first thing that popped into my mind regarding the 90's had blessedly nothing to do with politics. It was the 1996 publication of the article by Jon Krakauer entitled "Into Thin Air", about the tragic deaths on Mt. Everest that May. It sticks in my mind because the article had just come out in August and in September, my husband and I joined a group of 8 others (all men and all of whom had read Krakauer's article) to climb Kilimanjaro. We were all newbies to such altitudes (Kili's summit is over 19,000 ft) and none of us experienced climbers. The night before we summited the tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife, but 9 of 10 of us made it (me included!), an exceptional success percentage! Reaching the summit was all the more emotional because Krakauer's article had made us all very aware of the dangers.

Jan. 23 2012 10:02 AM

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