Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spent some time with Iowa Public Television on March 25th discussing the 2012 Presidential race and his decision to enter it. One of the most provocative topics of disucssion had to do with Gingrich’s personal life and how that will play out in the Iowa caucus and the race as a whole.

Here is a 2 minute excerpt:

Here is the transcript of the most pressing exchange on Gingrich’s personal life.

Glover: Speaker, I’d like to go through some of the weaknesses that your critics point to with you. They say that you bring some personal and political baggage to a race. You’ve been married three times, you’ve had messy divorces, you’re campaigning in a state where the Republican Party is dominated by Christian conservatives. How do you get past that?

Gingrich: I think you don’t get past it, I think you tell the truth and I think you share your life’s experiences and you admit that you have had weaknesses and that you have had failures and that you’ve gone to God to seek forgiveness and to seek reconciliation and then people make a decision and they look at the totality of my life, I’m 67, Callista and I have a great marriage, we have two wonderful daughters, we have two grandchildren who are terrific and people have to decide on balance. Am I a person that they would respect and trust in the White House?

Report on Gingrich’s appearance from the Washington Post:

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he believes President Barack Obama is floundering in his handling of the air assaults in Libya.

Gingrich says the situation is “nonsense” and “a mess.”

The Republican spoke Friday while taping an episode of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program to air this weekend. Gingrich also accused Obama of going to war without having a real consultation with Congress.

You can watch the full video of Gingrich’s interview at Iowa Public Television.