Newt Gingrich told Greta Van Susteren tonight that he called Rep. Paul Ryan today and apologized. He told the popular conservative that he made a mistake.
“I made a mistake. And, I called my friend Paul Ryan today and said that.”
Newt Gingrich repeated his pledge to not allow democrats to lie about his positions.
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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich apologized in a telephone call to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday afternoon for his remarks on “Meet the Press,” where the presidential candidate referred to Ryan’s Medicare proposal as “radical change.”
“Newt apologized,” said Rick Tyler, his press secretary and longtime aide. “The call went very well.”
Gingrich, his nascent campaign in jeopardy, has shifted into fervent damage control following a furious conservative reaction to his comments — and is even expressing a rare bit of contrition.
From Iowa, Gingrich held two conference calls with tea party leaders scattered throughout the nation – one on short notice Monday night, and another Tuesday morning. Aides said Gingrich started each of the half-hour calls by explaining what he meant on “Meet the Press,” and acknowledging that he could have expressed it better. “We’ve tried to correct the record and admit it could have been done better,” Tyler said. “We move on.”
After exchanging conciliatory emails with Ryan, Gingrich had the phone conversation from Minneapolis, where he was campaigning before the Minnesota Family Council.