In an interview on “Fox News Sunday” following his loss in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may have taken a dig at former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich when questioned on his 10 percent tithes to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“This is a country that believes in the Bible, the Bible speaks about providing tithes and offerings, I made a commitement to my church a long, long time ago that I would give 10 percent of my income to the church, and I’ve followed through on that commitment. And hopefully as people — various individuals running for president — they’d be pleased with someone who made a promise — a promise to God — and kept that promise. So, if I had given less than 10 percent than I think people would have to look at me and say, ‘Hey, what’s wrong with you fella — don’t you follow through on your promises?’”
The “promise to God” line could be specifically stinging, given that Gingrich — a Catholic convert — was hit last week with further revelations on his three marriages, with his second ex-wife saying that he had asked for an open relationship with her while cheating with a younger congressional aide.