Newt Gingrich is trying another tack to explain his dissing of Paul Ryan’s Medicare dismantling plan.
Appearing Monday night on Fox News, Gingrich said explicitly that his comments Meet the Press were “inaccurate” and “unfortunate,” adding “that was a mistake.” He even called Paul Ryan personally to apologize.
But this afternoon on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, Gingrich dramatically changed course and claimed that, in fact, the phrase “right-wing social engineering” was not a reference to the Ryan plan at all:
GINGRICH: By the way, it was not a reference to Paul Ryan. There was no reference to Paul Ryan in that answer.
LIMBAUGH: Well then what did you apologize to him about?
GINGRICH: Because it was interpreted in a way which was causing trouble, which he doesn’t need or deserve. And it was causing the House Republicans trouble. One of my closest friends, someone I truly and deeply respect, emailed me and said your answer hits every Republican who voted for the Budget. Well, my answer wasn’t about the budget.
Today Mr. Gingrich will deny that he was on Meet The Press last Sunday.