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Nightline airing controversial story with Gingrich's ex-wife

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WASHINGTON - ABC's Brian Ross says talks with Marianne Gingrich started in November.  He says a plan to interview Newt Gingrich's ex-wife was only finalized within the last ten days.

Gingrich's second wife says the GOP candidate asked her for an "open marriage" in which he could have both a wife and a mistress.

In an interview with ABC News' "Nightline" scheduled to air tonight, Marianne Gingrich says she refused to go along with the proposal.

The interview is airing just two days before the South Carolina presidential primary, and as Gingrich is gaining ground on GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.

Marianne Gingrich was the candidate's second wife. He is now married to Callista Gingrich.

In excerpts of the interview, Marianne Gingrich said Gingrich conducted his affair with Callista "in my bedroom in our apartment in Washington." 

Ross spoke with ABC affiliates earlier today.  He told reporters the network did not want to air the story the night before the primary.  He says the Gingrich camp was given a list of questions about the story Tuesday.

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