Mark Levin grills Newt Gingrich on his comments about Paul Ryan’s plan

If Newt thought he was going to get an easy interview on the Mark Levin Show today regarding his comments on Paul Ryan’s plan yesterday, he was very wrong. And the bad thing is that Newt didn’t come off very well at all. Jedediah Bila said that Newt was giving a very weak statement and I must concur. Newt mostly agreed with Levin about Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal and ended up conceding that he shouldn’t have allowed Gregory to frame the question the way he did. That’s not really a big concession to me and I’m still a bit confused on where he stands.

Levin however was awesome and that alone makes this interview worth listening to.


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  • Persephone

    There’s no unscrewing the pooch, Newt.

    I figured it would take longer for him to put his foot in his mouth.
    *shakes head* 

  • Bill

    I am not sure I care about Newt’s bone! 

  • poljunkie

     Newt was never going to have any votes from my house anyway. 

  • kes

    back tracking, tsk, tsk newt. never cared for you anyway.

    • Anonymous

      Couldn’t have said it better myself; Newt might not get my vote for President, but he has a future in Pop Media with the way he just moon-walked through that interview. 

  • Anonymous

    I liked him a lot more a couple of wives ago. I’ll wager those wives don’t feel similar. Backstroke. Dim, damn, diddle, deedle, dumb.

    Rush for one, has always said that one of the most common mistakes a conservative makes when they get to Washington is trying to make the libs like you. It NEVER works.

    Remember back in the 90’s? He was portrayed as an extreme right-winger? He was part of the “vast right-wing conspiracy” Hillary spoke of. He should’ve stayed there.
    Who’s gonna like you now sir? Since you are ABO though, if you get the nod, I’m in there nodding with you, because your last name is not Obama.

    • Annie

      “I liked him a lot more a couple of wives ago.”   You really didn’t need to go further than than, Rs!  Perfectly stated, and it sums up my opinion about Newt.  Hope you don’t mind if I use it, because I’m going to!   Thanks! 

  • Newt is either crazy or he’s playing politics trying to pull in some Libertarians. Who is trying to do social engineering??? Either way he’s not  helping the conservative cause.

    Instead of retiring gracefully as the Elder Statesman, he’s going to go out in disgrace. 

    • Anonymous

       I know! it’s like Is someone paying him to do this?  there must be some kind of angle!  can’t be he is so dumb, or can it?

  • doorsxp

    Levin…Great inteview with Newt.  Love Levin’s “national suggestion box” idea!!!

  • Theunbubba

    Bwahahahaha! Newt the Poot has shot himself in the foot right off the bat. I love it. I have contended since he went off and campaigned Scozzafava that he was a snake. Then he went and did that tour with Pelosi and Hitlary and It was confirmed. Now he has made it perfectly clear that he is nothing but a triangulating politician looking for votes from any and all corners.  

  •   Gingrich Backs Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Requiring Health Insurance
    Sunday, 15 May 2011 07:18 PM
    By Tim Collie
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday that he strongly supports a federal mandate requiring citizens to buy health insurance – a position that has been rejected by many Republicans, including several who likely will be running against him for the Republican presidential nomination.
    Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Gingrich told host David Gregory that he continues to advocate for a plan he first called for in the early 1990s as a Congressman, which requires every uninsured citizen to purchase or acquire health insurance.
    Gregory played a clip of Gingrich speaking during an appearance on Meet the Press in October 1993:
    “I am for people, individuals — exactly like automobile insurance — individuals having health insurance and being required to have health insurance. And I am prepared to vote for a voucher system which will give individuals, on a sliding scale, a government subsidy so we insure that everyone as individuals have health insurance.”
    Gregory asked Gingrich if he would criticize GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney, whose “Romneycare” health program enacted during his time as Governor in Massachusetts mandated that all uninsured purchase health insurance.
    Gingrich replied he would not make it an issue in the campaign and said he agreed with key aspects of Romneycare.
    “I agree that all of us have a responsibility to pay–help pay for health care,” Gingrich said, adding, “I’ve said consistently we ought to have some requirement that you either have health insurance or you post a bond …”
    Gingrich also admitted that his proposal is a “variation” of the individual mandate, a key component of the Obamacare legislation President Obama signed into law in 2010.
    The position staked out by Gingrich appears to be at odds with leading conservative critics of Obamacare, who argue that the law requiring citizens to purchase a private insurance policy is not constitutional.
    The Obama administration is currently facing three lawsuits arguing that the federal mandate is unconstitutional, including one filed by a coalition of 26 states. 
    The issue is on track for a Supreme Court decision in the summer of 2012, which would make it a likely hot-button topic heading into the elections.
    Conservative GOP critics like Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli say the mandate is unconstitutional because although Congress can regulate commerce, it can’t require people to engage in a particular “economic activity” just because they live in the U.S.
    Conservative judicial experts have also taken exception to the claim made by Gingrich and supporters of the Obamacare law that mandating health insurance is the same as the government requirement to purchase car insurance, noting that driving a car is a privilege provided by states and not a constitutional right.
    Cucinelli says that “buying auto insurance is voluntary, since you are only required to purchase it if you choose to drive on public roads. But buying health insurance under the new federal law is not voluntary, as you are required to buy it just by virtue of the fact that you are breathing. The federal government has never before in history exercised its regulatory power to require someone to buy a product or service as a condition of residence in the United States.”
    Gingrich, though, seemed to disagree with that notion on Sunday, though he was quick to point out the differences between his plan and the federal health law.
    “In, in the first place, Obama basically is trying to replace the entire insurance system, creating state exchanges, building a Washington-based model, creating a federal system,” Gingrich told NBC’s David Gregory. “I believe all of us–and this is going to be a big debate–I believe all of us have a responsibility to help pay for healthcare …”
    Romney has not come under fire for not disowning his health care plan, which has caused private health care insurance rates to skyrocket as patient services have declined in Massachusetts.
    Gingrich’s position quickly came under fire from several conservative blogs on Sunday. 
    “He tried to distinguish his mandate from the Obama mandate, but with little success,” the American Federalist Journal wrote on Sunday. 
    “Sandbagging your fellow Republicans in Congress and offering tacit support for a key (unconstitutional) component of Obamacare is a very strange way to begin a run in a Republican primary. Not a strong start.”
    The Wall Street Journal called Gingrich’s description of an ideal healthcare plan with mandates a “pretty good description of what the Democratic Congress passed into law last year.”
    The Journal continued: “Beginning in 2014, most Americans who don’t have insurance will be required to pay a fee, with many, depending on income, getting subsidies to help buy coverage through state-based exchanges.”
    The conservative website Red State said Gingrich “won’t exactly endear him to the Tea Party crowd or the reform minded movement sweeping the GOP.”



    I am sick of these Liberal Republican Party Elitit RINO’s, specifically Newt Gingrinch and Mitt Romney, who are just Obama look alikes, in Republican clothes, stabbing the American People in the back.. and why, because in they’re arrogance and elitist mentality, they neither belive in, nor want to, allow the American People, aka, The Tea Party Movement, to dictate the Political Platform and the direction and course of the Nation, and the our Policies..
    When last I looked, this Nation is a nation and govt. “Of the People, By the People, and For the People”..   NOT the other way around.!!

    It’s ok, because the Ballot Box, with our Votes, are the weapons that we will be using, Mr. Gingrinch and Romney..

    At least you know where your political enemies, Obama and the Obamacrats, are coming from..  but Internal Political Politician’s betrayal, will NOT be tolerated, as it, and they, are worse than the Obama.!!

    • Anonymous

      Supports ‘Variation’ on Obamacare-Type Health Insurance Mandate 

    • Anonymous

       add Carl Rove to your list.  You are so right in my book.

      Liberal Republican party elite RINO’s who are just Obama look-alikes in Repub clothing.

      Newt has always fancied a takeover of the medical system.  He has worked with Hilary for years to effect all medical records being on-line and accessible….to just whom? I say.

  • Anonymous

    I’ld like to hear the question put to ANY Republican (let alone a Conservative) WHY they agree to interviews with the Socialist MainSlime Media.

    They know the psychotics will treat them pathetically. There’s no reason for it with the internet, radio and FOX News – NO sane reason for it!

  • KenInMontana

    Newt didn’t just shoot himself in the foot, he blew out the entire bottom of his boat. …—…  …—…

  • Anonymous

    This man, Newt whatever, is a complete idiot. 

  • Anonymous

    He thinks this is a bigger reform than Obamacare? This guy is an idiot (sorry I repeat myself…he is a goner). 

  • Atking

    I am not a Ryan fan but Gingrich is just pandering and helping the wrong side.

  • Joey

    What is the over under on how much more money Newt raises?   My guess 16 pesos.   

  • Anonymous

    what I heard from Newt is that he don’t want any planned rammed thru like obamacare was and for Ryan’s plan to be modified to a point where theres enough public support for it. Newt want no action until we get a huge majority that support it. Newt is essentially arguing for the system to collapse then fix it after the fact, hoping by then theres enough public support for the change in the system

  • GoodbyeHope

    Newt’s just proven himself to be no better than our current President. He has nothing more to offer than a bunch of blather about a reasonable process to get us a bill that everybody can agree on. B.S.

  • 330treehugger

     What Newt Gingrich did on Meet the Press was, knowingly or unknowingly, a political suicide bombing. His comments were incredibly destructive, gave ammo to his opponents, and most likely destroyed his chances in this campaign with his first big appearance. He cannot recover from this, along with his support with Cap and Trade, ethanol etc. He sounds awful in this interview.

  • Flurm

     Levin should’ve ripped Newt a new one. SOB may have lost us an election.

    • Anonymous

       I don’t think Newt has that much influence.  He’s pretty much a blowhard.

  • HGFinley

    We don’t have the Senate or the Presidency, Newt! The whole premise of your
    argument is ridiculous. Used to appreciate what a smart man Newt seemed to be. Now wonder how he can be so stupid. 

  • John42399

     I think Newt has been secretly sipping from obama’s kool aid  bottle .

  • Poptoy1949

    The other day I said something negative about Speaker Gingrich and I regret it more than I can say.  That same day I remembered what President Ronald Reagan said.  I can’t quote him but it goes something like this….. Remember the 11th commandment…Never speak ill of a fellow Republican.  He may have said Conservative.  But it was something to that affect.  At this point, I mean right now….the Democrats..Progressives…the Far Left is having a field day about what is being said here on Scoop and other Conservative sites.  Please?  And I really mean this…Please let’s not give the Loons a chance to say we are chewing up and spitting out our own.  They would love nothing better.  Any Conservative out there already catches Holly Hell from all of the Networks because they obviously are all Far left and we all know that.  Please folks let us not give them more to chew on.  I never receive this e-mail before 8:00 P.M. in my Central Time Zone and  I never get to say my two cents until after 10:00 P.M. Central time and I feel very few people, if any, will see this.  But I sure hope they do. Thank you Scoop for letting me say my 2 cents.  I never did say thank you before.  So anyway “Thanks Everybody.”

    • Anonymous

       Newt is NOT “one of our own…”

      • Debby

        No he’s not.  But he plays one on TV!

    • Persephone

      The irony of this, is that if Newt had adherred to Reagan’s 11 commandment, and hadn’t condemned Ryan’s plan as “right-wing social engineering”…then we wouldn’t be talking about this.

      Newt has given a gift to the Left with that little soundbite.
      I’m sure we will hear that phrase many times in the months and years to come. 

    • Debby

      I SAW IT.  Good point about trashing one of our.

      All hail President Reagan!!!

  • Anonymous

    Newt loves the sound of his own voice and he sounds a lot like BO with the “I, I, Me, Me, My, My” stuff. He has a big ego which is probably what allowed him to be outsmarted by Clinton and BO was able to outsmart Bill Clinton. The dims will reel him in, he will say something stupid like he did with Gregory and walk away thinking he was brilliant. The dims always call him smart. Now we know why. They know they can set him up to fail.

  • loler

    Newt is sooo jealous that Paul Ryan has stolen his mantle and does it better

  • Anonymous

     Newt is trying to use a Bill Clinton ” What is the definition of is is?”

    Newt , you have demonstrated what every thinking american knows , politicians will never say what they and mean what they. You can’t have it both ways.

    The Fat lady has sung , your done! 

  • Anonymous

    Dead man walking 

    • and Newt pulled his own switch…or is it..he gave himself his own “injection’?

  • Ajcers

    Jeebus, what the F*ck? Newt, please disappear, so we can get our country back. 

  • Anonymous

    Confused? maybe I can help.  He’s a straight-up progressive. 

    He reminds me of that snake Rove, too.  These guys do not relate to the American people.

  • roy

    newt 2012, NOT !!!!!!!!! 

  • This time, while frustrating for conservatives, is needed for the party to come out stronger on the other side. 

    Provided they make it through.  What we’ve been finding is that there are so few conservatives who actually legislate that way.  They’re all talk and have moderated to win elections.  I’m not so sure the GOP and DNC may not be gone in a few years.  Unless the parties redevelop to get back to their principles. 

    Obama wins and Democrats find him doing things he said he’d never do.  Bush won and the same thing happened.  Bush ran on a platform of no nation-building.  9-11 happens and he immediately discards any silly principles he had and went to nation building. 

    We need new blood and Ron Paul and the libertarian growth is certainly new and different.  More importantly, they’ve not been corrupted.

  • Bill Bissenas

    Newt’s gaffe shows the strength and cohesion of the larger conservative movement. Like any good statist, Newt’s actions and words have helped to unify that movement.

  • Anonymous

    Newt is exposed as another RINO and just another arrogant elitist blocking “We the People” from returning to our Constitution. I really detest hearing his voice – as shallow and phony as bill clinton.

    God save America!

    PALIN/West 2012
    Bolton SoS

    • Wouldn’t that be something!? I’d love to see this…

  • Pressed by the first [email protected]$$ commie water-carrying MSM commentator and Newt capitulated…so how’s he going to stand the rigor of a year-half long campaign?  He’s not…he’ll be out fall.

  • Anonymous

    No matter how hard he tries to crawl out from under the avalanche he set off there is one thing he’ll never get out from under:  he uttered the phrase “right wing social engineering” and for that alone he has done more damage to conservatives than any 10 liberals could have dreamed of.

    He took one of our best weapons against liberalism (social engineering) and destroyed it’s impact.  What a damn fool.

  • Anonymous

    Even if I felt some reason to believe Newt today, is there any reason to support a candidate who can be out smarted by a dolt like David Gregory. 

    Newt says he has been at this 9 years with some group. You think by now he would have some specific ideas by now. Nope. 

    Newt, turn out the lights.

  • Art

    Seems to me that the problem with Newt is that he is still trying to play old-school politics, without realizing that the more savvy voters are past all that….we want mission-oriented, git-er-done young bloods that are not afraid to take on the Left, not old-throwbacks trying to beat up on “fellow” conservatives. 

  • Publius

    Levin’s best comment to Newters, let’s not “focus” on this.  Obama is the target. 

  • Anonymous

    Newt who?

  • Debby

    Newty sounded like he was looking for answers from Levin.  I think he’s p-o’d because he didn’t come out with a plan FIRST!! 

    Came off like sour grapes.

    I don’t like him.  Especially not for PRES.

  • Debby

    Newty sounded like he was looking for answers from Levin.  I think he’s p-o’d because he didn’t come out with a plan FIRST!! 

    Came off like sour grapes.

    I don’t like him.  Especially not for PRES.

  • Amy Shulkusky

    I see it – Newt is worried it will get “mediscared”

  • Amy Shulkusky

    Newt thinks it’s the 90’s still – he doesn’t hear Levin when he says “The people are ahead of the gov’t”