Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is considering a return to the Sunday shows this weekend to help undo the damage caused by his appearance last week.
Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler said the former Speaker is considering invitations from three of the Sunday morning talk shows. However, Gingrich won't appear on "Meet the Press," which is hosting Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), because Gingrich sat for an interview with the NBC program last weekend.
"The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep, not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail-party invite list, unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods," Tyler said. "Now, they are left exposed by their bylines and handles."
He added that Gingrich had "emerged ... once again ready to lead those who won’t be intimidated by the political elite."
Gingrich’s week-old presidential effort is off to a rocky start. The former Speaker was barely out of the starting gate when he came under fire for making critical comments about the Medicare provision in Ryan’s 2012 budget proposal.
"No one's abandoning us," said Tyler. "The interest has not waned."
But the rough beginning raised questions about Gingrich’s discipline and his ability to stay on message — issues he acknowledged were "fair" questions about his candidacy.
"Getting these kinds of dust-ups out of the way early is a good thing to do," said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who announced his endorsement Tuesday of Gingrich. "Everyone's going to have those moments where words don't come out exactly the way you want them to."
Gingrich kept his schedule Wednesday, including a 17-city tour of Iowa, after having to apologize to Ryan for his saying the chairman’s Medicare proposal resembled "right-wing social engineering."
Gingrich on Tuesday called Ryan to clear the air between them, explaining later that evening that he "made a simple mistake" in his characterization of the Republican plan.
He also spoke with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), according to Cantor’s office, after the No. 2 House Republican questioned the wisdom of Gingrich's remarks.