The ABC News interview with Newt Gingrich’s former wife Marianne is part of the network’s attempt to sabotage Republicans and curry favor with President Barack Obama, Rush Limbaugh said today on his radio show.
The interview, which ABC now plans to air on “Nightline” Thursday night, had been scheduled for Friday night, according to wire service reports Wednesday. But Monday was the originally planned date, Limbaugh said, until the Drudge Report revealed that ABC had the interview in the can.
Limbaugh scoffed at reports that ABC executives had anguished over the ethical implications of the interview, saying: "If there was any debate at ABC, it was over when would be the best time to do it so as to cause the most harm."
He insisted that ABC was trying to pick off GOP candidates.
“I think Drudge messed them up,” Limbaugh said. “I think that ABC, in a race with NBC to curry favor with Obama . . . the objective of ABC was to take Mitt [Romney] out this week or to just do damage, and I think they were saving Marianne Gingrich for Monday, after the vote. And that takes Newt out. And then, who are we left with?”
With Rick Santorum and Ron Paul among the pickings, Obama would have a better chance at winning re-election, he said.
“And they think, okay, that’s it,” he said of ABC News. “Obama’s won now, and there’s nothing the Republicans can do.”
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