Gingrich: Ryan 'Really Listens,' Can Work with Democrats

Sunday, 12 Aug 2012 04:11 PM

By Patrick Hobin

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who had previously aired objections to vice presidential pick Paul Ryan’s budget plan, said on “Face the Nation” that he no longer has issues with it because Ryan reworked parts of the plan.

The former presidential candidate now backs Ryan, but in 2011 Gingrich called the Medicare provision in Ryan’s budget plan “right-wing social engineering.”

The Wisconsin congressman then improved the plan, meeting Gingrich’s “only objection,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

"The one thing I objected to back in May 2011," Gingrich said on the show, "was that he eliminated Medicare for everybody. He came back with Ron Wyden. He listened, and one of the things I give Paul a lot of credit for is, he really listens.

"And he came back with an improved Medicare plan that Ron Wyden [Democratic senator of Oregon] has co-sponsored and is the only bipartisan reform, by the way. . . .  It basically allows people to stay in the current system. He met my only objection," he said.

Gingrich also said that Ryan’s effort on the budget plan “makes him an extraordinarily exciting choice because you now have a national leader who is capable of talking in detail with the American people about some very complicated topics."

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