EXCLUSIVE: Gingrich Says He Would Vote For GOP Medicare Scheme Today

May 18, 2011 8:24 am ET — Matt Finkelstein & Julia Krieger

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has spent the last few days retreating from his criticism of the House-passed Medicare scheme as "right-wing social engineering," desperately insisting that he was set up by "gotcha" questions and his words were taken "out of context." 

At an event in Minnesota last night, Political Correction asked Gingrich point blank whether he would have supported Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) plan when it came up in the House. "I would have voted for the budget," Gingrich said. Asked whether he would still vote for it today, Gingrich replied, "Sure." 

PC: Would you support his plan -- his "Path to Prosperity"? Yes or no.

GINGRICH: I would have voted for the budget.

PC: Would you still? 

GINGRICH: Sure. The question is how do we go through taking the Medicare part of it and turning it into law, which is the next stage. But I would have voted for it. If you go to my website, you'll see I wrote a newsletter endorsing it. He's a very good friend of mine. And I think he's doing a brilliant job. 


It's getting difficult to keep up with all of Gingrich's contortions, but as recently as Monday, he told the Wall Street Journal editorial board that "it would be politically catastrophic to pass the bill in its current form."