12/09/2011 11:42 am ET | Updated Dec 10, 2011

Rick Perry Talks God, Marital Fidelity

Rick Perry has one thing going for him that Newt Gingrich does not: one long marriage--and he wants voters to know.

"I didn't make an oath just to my wife, I made an oath to God when I married my wife," he said at a campaign stop in South Carolina on Thursday. "It's an important issue, but the American people will figure out these issues and work their way through them."

Gingrich has a messy history of extramarital affairs and divorces. His third wife, Callista, introduced him to Catholicism, and he recently told Fox News that he asked God for redemption.

"I'm very open about the fact that I've had moments in my life that I regret," Gingrich said. "I've indicated that I had to go to God to ask forgiveness and seek reconciliation."

Perry has been married to his wife, Anita, for 29 years, and earlier this fall she spoke out about how he has been "brutalized" over his faith.

"It's been a rough month. We have been brutalized and beaten up and chewed up in the press to where I need this today," she said. "We are being brutalized by our opponents, and our own party. So much of that is, I think they look at him, because of his faith. He is the only true conservative -- well, there are some true conservatives. And they’re there for good reasons. And they may feel like God called them too. But I truly feel like we are here for that purpose."