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He did not address the interview with his ex-wife Marianne Gingrich, but took a shot at the media for digging into his past.

“We knew that there would be days that would be miserable, we knew that we’d get attack ads, we knew the news media would be as destructive as it could be. And so, we had to raise the question, ‘Do we really want to go through that?' ” he said, claiming it had taken him, his wife and his daughter a year to decide he would run for president.

“But we also thought about Robert and Maggie, we thought about the other young people here today, and we thought if we don’t get a leader who actually knows what he’s doing, we’re in deep trouble,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Gingrich had said he would not answer questions about his ex-wife and directed reporters to speak with his daughters about the issue. But when The Hill approached one daughter, Jackie Cushman, a Gingrich adviser said they were in a hurry and didn’t have time to talk. After a few minutes, she was ushered to the campaign bus.

The event was sponsored by Low Country Sportsmen for Newt, a group of hunters backing Gingrich, and he used the occasion to defend gun rights and touted his family’s hunting prowess, saying his grandson had just gotten his first gun for Christmas. Gingrich said Obama and liberals don’t understand hunters and their love for the environment.

When asked during the question-and-answer session why the Keystone XL oil pipeline wasn’t being built, he said, “I can answer that in one word.” People in the crowd immediately yelled the president’s name.