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Sarah Palin: Newt Gingrich Ex-Wife Interview Will Help Him 'Soar Even More' (AUDIO)

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Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin speaks during the Republican Party of Florida's fundraising event at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort on November 3, 2011 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin speaks during the Republican Party of Florida's fundraising event at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort on November 3, 2011 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)

Things between Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich keep getting rosier.

Hours away from the airing of a controversial ABC News interview with Gingrich's ex-wife the former Alaska governor came to the GOP presidential hopeful's defense. Palin appeared on Thursday's radio edition of the "Sean Hannity Show", noting that Marianne Gingrich's claim that Newt wanted an "open marriage" will do anything but damage his 2012 hopes.

"I call them dumbarses," said Palin in the interview, referring to the media. "They, thinking that by trotting out this old Gingrich divorce interview that's old news -- and it does feature a disgruntled ex, claiming that it would destroy his campaign -- all this does, Sean, is incentivize conservatives and independents who are so sick of the politics of personal destruction, because it's played so selectively by the media, that their target, in this case Newt, he's now going to soar even more. Because we know the game now, and we just won't put up with it. Good call, media."

In the ABC News interview, Marianne explains how Newt unsuccessfully prodded her to partake in an open marriage. Newt has a well-documented history with women, dating back to an affair he had with his high school geometry teacher.

The Gingrich-Palin connection has had an active week. On Tuesday, Palin made her South Carolina proclamation, telling viewers on Fox News that "If I were a South Carolinian, I would vote for Newt." Gingrich reciprocated on Wednesday, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer that she was a person he'd consider giving "a major role" in his presidential administration.

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