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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declares that he was "disappointed" in President Obama House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declares that he was "disappointed" in President Obama's speech on a federal spending plan, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 13, 2011. He is flanked by Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., left, and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)  

Paul Ryan swipes back at Newt Gingrich over budget plan

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Amanda Carey
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Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin took a swipe at 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, Monday, over comments the former Speaker of the House made on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” about Ryan’s budget plan.

“With allies like that, who needs the left?” said Ryan on a radio show Monday morning.

On Sunday, Gingrich distanced himself from Ryan’s plan, which has already passed the House, calling the sweeping reforms to Medicare akin to social engineering.

“I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” said Gingrich. “I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate.”

Ryan also responded Monday adding “Hardly is that social engineering and radical,” he said. “What’s radical is kicking the can down the road.”

When Gingrich took such a hard swing to the popular Congressman’s budget plan, many viewed it as an obvious campaign move. But the former Speaker may be headed for a ‘he was for it before he was against it’ moment on the campaign trail.

According to Time Magazine, Gingrich sang Ryan’s praises and that of his budget’s. “Sure,” said Gingrich, when asked if he would vote for Ryan’s plan, before calling it “the first step” toward fixing the health care system. Gingrich also called Ryan “brave” and a “man of ideas.”

  • OldNavyChief

    The GOP has a tendency to run a party faithful (Dole and McCain) neither of which had a snowball chance in Hades of winning. Gingrich falls into that category. Rubio, Jindal, Bachmann or Ryan would all be viable candidates. Having said that, the country club Republicans will not go easy. Time to be dynamic.

  • theillinoisguy

    Newt’s a smart guy, but man, did he make a mess of this. He needs to get out of the race to ensure we can elect a real conservative, not just a political opportunist.
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/8046825/why_newt_gingrich_wont_win_the_2012.html?cat=9

  • kingfish

    It should be “Benedict Republicans” who have FAILED ONCE AGAIN to listen to their constituents across the nation calling for MAJOR CUTS TO THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT, its functions and non-functional, non-productive obsolete agencies and departments like Dept of Education. They’ve cut only $20 BILLION of the $100 BILLION they promised “immediately” when taking over.

    NOW…they’re attacking Medicare and Social Security (entitlements) for old people who’ve paid into the fund for 50 years (all stolen by Congress) INSTEAD OF ANY MEANINGFUL CHANGES IN WASHINGTON. A MAJOR POX ON THEIR HOUSE!

  • http://to-god-and-country.blogspot.com flataffect

    Gingrich sounds tired and unenthusiastic about running, and his quibbles with Ryan’s proposal sounds academic and petulant. His approach reminds me of the “study commission” approach to problems. He has a foundation studying the financial crisis. I think that we don’t have the time to absorb and evaluate more studies or commission reports.

    We need to attack this crisis from two fronts, cutting federal spending and getting our economy working again. The first would give us the time we need, and the second would help ease the pressure of our debt. Beyond these two, we need to reform our entitlement programs to keep them from swallowing up the rest of the federal budget and separate them from the grasp of politicians. So that what is being promised is a real savings, not a claim on future taxpayers.

  • truebearing

    Gingrich is a strange political animal. He wears a conservative coat, but bleats out pure progressive palaver. His flip-flopping and hopping around has him stomping on his own crank in a fit of political masochism. How is this possible in a man who is as knowledgable and seasoned as Gingrich?

    One thing is as clear as it gets: Gingrich won’t be the Republican nominee and probably couldn’t get elected as a village dog catcher, at least in any Republican district.

  • flamedoutlib

    Paul Ryan ought to run with a tea party candidate like Bachmann. She’s a money-raising machine. Make it a double whammy. Newt, the RINO, needs one.

  • Hayek

    Just like ’68? Really? You mean Tea Partiers setting cars on fire and assaulting police officers like BHO’s pals did? Get real.