07/11/2011 06:15 pm ET | Updated Sep 10, 2011

Late Returns: Naturally, Newt Gingrich Wants To Edit The 'Marriage Vow'

If you were wondering how Newt Gingrich was going to handle The Family Leader's "Marriage Vow" pledge -- with its fun references to "quickie divorces" and "personal fidelity to my spouse -- wonder no more! He is going to try to make the best of an awkward situation by suggesting that the folks behind the pledge make some edits. He'll be happy to help! He has some personal expertise on these matters.

The former speaker of the House was in Iowa on Monday at an event hosted by the Family Leader, the influential social conservative group that designed the pledge. There, he told the organization's leader, Bob Vander Plaats, that he wants to change language in the pledge, which each GOP presidential candidate was asked to sign, before agreeing to it, according to Gingrich campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond.

"We're happy to work with you to sharpen it so people understand where we're going with it," Gingrich told Vander Plaats, according to Hammond. "It's not there yet."

Anything in particular that Gingrich wants changed? A Gingrich spokesperson declined to be specific, though it was suggested that the pledge "needed to be shortened." (It is five pages including footnotes, so maybe Gingrich's camp just wants to be sure Herman Cain will read it.)


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