Newt Gingrich to Rush Limbaugh: Criticism of Paul Ryan? It didn’t happen

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks to local party activists earlier today in Waterloo, Iowa. AP/Charlie Neibergal

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks to local party activists earlier today in Waterloo, Iowa. AP/Charlie Neibergal

Chris Good over at The Atlantic has one of the first accounts of GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s session this afternoon with Rush Limbaugh.

A day earlier, the conservative talk show guru had declared himself “befuddled” by Gingrich’s criticism of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to fix Medicare during his “Meet the Press” appearance on Sunday.

Gingrich’s explanation? It didn’t happen. Writes Good:

“It was not a reference to Paul Ryan. There was no reference to Paul Ryan in that answer,” Gingrich told Limbaugh, who was in the process of gently grilling him about why he used those words in the NBC interview.

Limbaugh asked Gingrich why, then, did he call Ryan to apologize for the remark, if it wasn’t made in reference to Ryan.

“It was interpreted in a way which was causing trouble which he doesn’t need or deserve,” Gingrich said. “My answer wasn’t about the budget, and I promptly went back to say publicly that I would have voted for the Ryan budget.”

Meanwhile, the former Georgia congressman continued his trek through Iowa with a grim smile on his face. Pay no attention to the dateline from the Associated Press:

Waterloo, Iowa — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday he’ll use “cheerful persistence” to overcome the bumps that marked the first formal week of his campaign.

Gingrich said he isn’t surprised by the rough start to his campaign, ranging from Republican outrage at his description of a proposed House overhaul of Medicare as “right-wing social engineering” to being showered with glitter by a gay-rights activist in Minneapolis.

“My reaction is if you’re the candidate of very dramatic change, it you’re the candidate of really new ideas, you have to assume there’s a certain amount of clutter and confusion and it takes a while to sort it all out, because you are doing something different,” Gingrich told reporters after he opened an intense three-day campaign swing in Iowa.

Despite speculation that Gingrich might not be able to overcome his first week stumbles, especially the Medicare comment that ended in him apologizing to Rep. Paul Ryan — the force behind the plan — Gingrich told about 150 people in Waterloo that his campaign was fine.

“This campaign is very alive and very well with lots of grass-roots support,” Gingrich told the crowd. “It’s been a little bit of a challenging week.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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88 comments Add your comment

Just Wait

May 19th, 2011
3:45 pm

This is one old cat that just can’t change it’s spots.

DW

May 19th, 2011
3:48 pm

“It wasn’t a reference to Paul Ryan”? Then, who was doing the “right-wing social engineering”?

big hair

May 19th, 2011
3:51 pm

“I did not have sex with that woman.”

The Goobernator

May 19th, 2011
3:56 pm

Newt needs to be an opening act for Sarah Palin. It would only help Sarah – after folks hear him, she might even make sense for a change.

no teabagging

May 19th, 2011
3:57 pm

This is like a ’spin cycle’ going in reverse.

AH

May 19th, 2011
3:58 pm

The next time Newt has to share a room with Herman Cain, Newt’s campaign is over.

Centrist

May 19th, 2011
3:59 pm

This Newt Gingrich death watch campaign blog will finally end after the New Hampshire primary – thank goodness.

In the meantime, ad naseum.

Debbie Dooley

May 19th, 2011
4:02 pm

Another lying politician – he’ll lie with anything……

Obvious

May 19th, 2011
4:09 pm

The GOP is embarrassing itself and the country!
FOUR MORE YEARS!!!!!

RetiredSoldier

May 19th, 2011
4:11 pm

Many a person has had crow to eat underestimating Newt. He is the smartest person in either party running for president. He may or may not win, but it will be fun to watch.

The Snark

May 19th, 2011
4:23 pm

Somebody please remind me why this doofus is supposedly so smart?

Frederick Douglass

May 19th, 2011
4:26 pm

Why does everybody, that is somebody, on the right, have to kiss Rush’s very ample ass? The guy’s only a high school graduate, a very well paid one I’ll admit. Besides bullship,what does he bring to the table?

RetiredSoldier

May 19th, 2011
4:31 pm

Snark-

If you have to ask the price, you probably can’t afford it. Get the direction of this response?

wow. the GOP is a freakin trainwreck

May 19th, 2011
4:33 pm

anything less than far right positions are crucified. the dems will sweep blacks, hispanics, moderates, independents, and women. the gop will keep their libertarians, fundamentalists, and tea partiers.

gonna be another 4 years. geez.

Last Man Standing

May 19th, 2011
4:36 pm

Retired Soldier:

“Many a person has had crow to eat underestimating Newt”

That is true. Newt has been guilty of outsmarting himself at times, but those adversaries who underestimate him may pay a dear price for doing so.

Capitol Hack

May 19th, 2011
4:36 pm

Dateline: Waterloo. LOL!

Tim

May 19th, 2011
4:38 pm

Why on earth don’t some of the Senior Republicans tell Newt to drop this run. He only hurts the chances of the Republicans in 2012. If I were a Democrat I would be smiling ear to ear right now with this buffon running.

Centrist

May 19th, 2011
4:38 pm

Gingrich is book smart and gives some good speeches and insight, but his personal and campaign decisions are less than poor. There is no way he will be on the Republican ticket with such highly deserved negatives.

DW (THE REAL ONE)

May 19th, 2011
4:42 pm

Newt – smartest d0uchebag in the world

RetiredSoldier

May 19th, 2011
4:43 pm

Tim-

How does Newt running hurt the chances of the republicans? I would love to read your logic. Was/is Nancy Pelosi a “buffon”? What ever candidate wins, that will be known almost certainly by April, May at the latest. That gives the winner 6 months to be one on one with Obama. The primary losers will be long forgotten by then.

RetiredSoldier

May 19th, 2011
4:47 pm

DW-
If I substituted Obama’s name where you have Newt, would I be making a racist comment? Geesh

Last Man Standing

May 19th, 2011
4:47 pm

Frederick Douglass:

“Why does everybody, that is somebody, on the right, have to kiss Rush’s very ample ass?”

Rush has a vast and loyal following. Although I have never heard him express a preference for any particular candidate, office seekers do well when they have the opportunity to address Rush’s listening audience.

“The guy’s only a high school graduate”

You mistake degrees for intelligence. Rush is a self-educated person, and a very well educated person at that. Since you obviously will never spend the time listening to him, you will never learn that for yourself, nor will you believe it.

DW (THE REAL ONE)

May 19th, 2011
4:52 pm

@Retired

Only if you want it to be read that way. And if you consider women’s vaginal hygiene products to be racially charged. (rolls eyes)

DW (THE REAL ONE)

May 19th, 2011
4:57 pm

@Last idiot standing

Really? You listen to Rush? Now i know youre a lost cause and I will never waste any more time typing responses to your retarded comments. Thanks for the heads up.

Last Man Standing

May 19th, 2011
5:08 pm

DW (THE REAL ONE):

” I will never waste any more time typing responses to your retarded comments.”

I will make every attempt to endure this great loss with dignity.

Last Man Standing

May 19th, 2011
5:10 pm

RetiredSoldier:

You can count on the fact that if you substituted names, you would be called a racist.

WE have lost our way

May 19th, 2011
5:17 pm

Newt,Please withdraw from the race!!!!!You are making an ass of yourself.Go back being a college professor or high paying lobbyist.You have no chance in hell winning the Republican nomination,much less the President of the United States.However if I was a Democrat;I would say RUN NEWT RUN!!!!By the way,I suggest writing a book about your past experience on running around with an intern while you are Speaker of the House trying to impeach the President doing the same thing.Oh Newt you are such a bad boy!!

GaBlue

May 19th, 2011
5:22 pm

“Very dramatic change?” “the candidate of really new ideas?” “something different?” Hahaha! What a funny guy.

Centrist

May 19th, 2011
5:22 pm

Uh, I doubt Newt reads these blog comments.

I again note that it is those on the left who comment here with vulgarities and name calling. I’m sure there is an educational and/or cultural reason.

Pawns

May 19th, 2011
5:24 pm

… But did he inhale?

Last Man Standing

May 19th, 2011
5:27 pm

I wish that some of the people posting here were intelligent enough to grasp the fact that Clinton was not impeached for his actions with Lewinsky. Clinton was impeached for LYING UNDER OATH. Doing Lewinsky was not an impeachable act, but LYING UNDER OATH is!

Frederick Douglass

May 19th, 2011
5:27 pm

LMS@ 4:47:

Rush’s own mom admitted that he couldn’t learn a damn thing in school. I’ll say again though, he deserves big props for being able to lead sheep, and leemings, and rack up huge pay days for doing so.

GaBlue

May 19th, 2011
5:28 pm

LMS,

If your wish were granted, and everyone understood that, would your life be better or worse? Would you be sad that you wouldn’t get to pound that statement out on a regular basis? C’mon. You’d miss it, wouldn’t you?

Truth

May 19th, 2011
5:30 pm

If character leads, he is doomed as he should be. Where are the statemen I grew up reading about. Sam Erwin (who lead the watergate proceedings), where are you? He was admired by both parties. Heck, give me a conservative southern democrat like Sam Nunn, a statesman.

WE have lost our way

May 19th, 2011
5:31 pm

Last Man Standing–What was Clintion LYING UNDER OATH about???

Last Man Standing

May 19th, 2011
5:34 pm

Frederick Douglass:

It is required that all liberals hate Rush and that they refer to his listeners as “sheep”, or something of that nature. I don’t think that it was so much that Rush couldn’t learn as it was that he wouldn’t learn. That may have been because he was bored with the subject matter.

You do yourself no service criticizing that which you will not experience for yourself.

GaBlue

May 19th, 2011
5:40 pm

DRAT! DARN IT ALL! Who let Last Man Standing get ahold of our handbook? He’s memorized the whole chapter on Limbaugh, thereby nullifying the effectiveness of our clever scheme. Foiled again! It was those meddling KIDS, wasn’t it?

Last Man Standing

May 19th, 2011
5:42 pm

WE have lost our way:

It matters not that he lied about his relationship with Lewinsky, unless you believe in situational ethics. The fact remains that he LIED UNDER OATH. Had he not lied, there would have been no impeachment procedings.

Newt resigned. What did your boy Clinton do? He lied under oath and lied to the American people, even when the people KNEW he was lying!

What a guy!

Olderandwiser49

May 19th, 2011
5:43 pm

First, if his comments were not directed at Ryan, why didn’t he say so the first time it was thrown back at him rather than waiting 48 hours? Not so quick a thinker on his feet. Bet he was always the first one out in dodge ball! And secondly, just more of Newt’s BS – say it, and then say it isn’t so. Let us hope the GOP doesn’t end up with a Romney/Gingrich ticket. It would be like Obama/Biden, all over again – the arrogant leader and the foot-in-mouth follower.

DW (THE REAL ONE)

May 19th, 2011
5:44 pm

Look, if youre conservative / republican thats great. If you admire this arrogant, has-been, a$$hole then you are an idiot. Done

WE have lost our way

May 19th, 2011
5:52 pm

@Last Man Standing-The reason Newt resigned;he knew the writing was on the wall.Democrats and Republicans were coming after him.Old saying in politics”Do into others as they do to you,but do not talk about others when you do the same” Words are more powerful than the sword.Newt got out, while the getting out was good.

gm

May 19th, 2011
5:54 pm

What rally, cause have the ex druger Rush ever stood for? , he is a rebel mic activist. At least Sharpton is out here in the streets marching with the people this fat joke sits behind his mic and you retards conservatives treat him like he is a king, the man has never been at anything on the streets protesting.

The fake make millions off low self esteem middle class whites who think they dont have a voice.

Frederick Douglass

May 19th, 2011
5:55 pm

LMS @ 5:34

I didn’t have the luxury of being a bottom feeder in school, and still be able to run my uneducated mouth to a $20,000,000 per year salary. Outside of a handful of rappers, how many minorities can duplicate a Limbaugh like feat with little or no education? Face it, hordes of $9.00 and $10.00 per hour people are responsible for keeping Rush fat on steak and caviar, while they subsist on bologna.

ATLER

May 19th, 2011
6:22 pm

Last Man Standing

May 19th, 2011
5:27 pm

I wish that some of the people posting here were intelligent enough to grasp the fact that Clinton was not impeached for his actions with Lewinsky. Clinton was impeached for LYING UNDER OATH. Doing Lewinsky was not an impeachable act, but LYING UNDER OATH is!

Hey dummy Clinton was never impeached!!!!!!! YES!!!!!! 4 more years for Obama!!!!!!!

Anthony C. Bone Author of the best seller Repulican Clowns and Carnival Barkers.

May 19th, 2011
6:27 pm

I see that Gingrich have some explaining to do to the carnival barker and ex clown El Rusbo. The Republican circus keep on rolling from town to town. Get your popcorn folks. In my next post i will have excerpt of the rise of El Rusbo from a little known clown and carnival barker to become the defacto leader of todays Repulican party. Stay tuned.

Dave

May 19th, 2011
6:31 pm

Newt has become the dumbest man in the room. Nothing he is saying makes sense to much of anybody anymore especially Republicans. I think Sarah Palin and Newt should run on the same ticket trying to follow them in a debate really would be hilarious.

Last Man Standing

May 19th, 2011
6:37 pm

Frederick Douglass:

Rush is anything but uneducated. His education didn’t come from a college or university. He is a self-educated man and his education is abundent. I disagree with your analysis of his listeners. Your decription more aptly fits Hannity’s listeners.

There is no need to argue this point. You obviously haven’t listened to him at any length and probably never will.

ATLER

May 19th, 2011
6:39 pm

Acquittal by the U.S. Senate means he was not impeached.

Last Man Standing

May 19th, 2011
6:47 pm

ATLER ”

You are wrong.

Impeachment in the United States is an expressed power of the legislature that allows for formal charges against a civil officer of government for crimes committed in office. The actual trial on those charges, and subsequent removal of an official on conviction on those charges, is separate from the act of impeachment itself.

Impeachment is analogous to indictment in regular court proceedings, while trial by the other house is analogous to the trial before judge and jury in regular courts. Typically, the lower house of the legislature will impeach the official and the upper house will conduct the trial.

Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, but acquitted by the Senate.

Yes, Clinton was impeached (indicted).

Serious Robuck

May 19th, 2011
6:54 pm

Retired Soldier, you need to get to the doctor. You need serious drug therapy and counseling, old fellow.

Last Man, you’re an idiot, and you seem to be obsessed with hatred for President Obama. I think it’s time you got back to the Fox news channel. You might miss something really important if you don’t.