Newt Gingrich Talks God, Forgiveness

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., is expected to run for president in the 2012 election, but religious voters might have problems with his past mistakes, including marital infidelity.

Gingrich appeared at the Faith and Freedom Forum in Iowa where he spoke with CBN News Senior Political Correspondent David Brody.

In an interview posted on Brody's blog -- The Brody File -- Gingrich said he felt compelled to seek God's forgiveness for his actions.

"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. I found that I felt compelled to seek God's forgiveness, not God's understanding, but God's forgiveness," he said.

"I do believe in a forgiving God. And I think most people, deep down in their hearts, hope there's a forgiving God. Somebody once said that when we're young, we seek justice, but as we get older, we seek mercy. There's something to that, I think," he added.

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