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Newt Gingrich Responds to Controversy Surrounding His Comments on GOP Medicare Plan

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Uploaded on May 18, 2011

Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich has garnered much criticism this week for comments he made on "Meet the Press". Gingrich commented on Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan saying, "I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable then left-wing social engineering. I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for free society to operate."

Last night, Gingrich joined Greta to clarify his position and admit that he made a mistake in both answering David Gregory's question and in the words he used to do it. Gingrich said, "When I make a mistake, and I'm going to on occasion, I'm going to stand up and share with the American people 'That was a mistake.' Because that way we can have a conversation."

On the health care issue, Gingrich said that when you tackle something the size of Medicare, it's possible to talk with the America people to get a level of support and to make it a political advantage to have offered a better Medicare program with greater choices for seniors. Ryan's plan is the beginning of that process.

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