Schumer: Gingrich knows he can't win on Ryan plan

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) took advantage of the flap between GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to aim another shot at Ryan’s budget plan.

Schumer, chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, said Wednesday the former Speaker realizes it's impossible to be elected president while supporting House Budget Committee chairman Ryan's budget plan.

"What Newt seems to realize is that it would be impossible to win the White House if they embrace the Ryan plan. If Republicans make endorsing the Ryan plan the standard in the Republican primary, it will make the nominee unelectable," Schumer said, according to the Plum Line's Greg Sargent.

Schumer's comments are one of the latest examples of Democrats trying to capitalize on comments made by Gingrich, who recently characterized as “radical” a part of the Ryan plan that would replace Medicare with a voucher system for Americans younger than 55.

"I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering," Gingrich said Sunday. "I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate."

Gingrich has since received strong criticism from prominent Republicans. On Tuesday night, Gingrich called Ryan to apologize for his comments.

"The apology centered on the inartful terms," Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler said in an interview with The Hill.

Earlier Tuesday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out an email to constituents in Republican districts, criticizing their congressmen for supporting a budget plan that, the email said, even Gingrich won't support.

Schumer suggested Democrats would continue use Gingrich's remarks against Republicans, regardless of how much backtracking he does.

“We will not miss a single opportunity of reminding the public what it means for seniors,” Schumer also said.