Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) harshly criticized Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Monday for shifting his rhetoric on the House-passed Republican budget, which Democrats contend would "kill Medicare."
"Though the Republican House passed the Medicare-killing plan almost unanimously, sometimes it’s difficult to tell where the Republican Party stands generally," said Reid.
"And remember he said it’s radical, it’s right-wing social engineering and suddenly he said it’s OK," concluded Reid. "That is some real interesting gymnastics."
Gingrich said last week he had apologized to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the budget plan's author, for his criticism of its Medicare reforms. Gingrich's spokesman said his boss's previous comments had included "inartful terms."
The GOP plan would cut $5.8 trillion in spending over 10 years and transform Medicare into a sort of voucher system. It would balance the budget by 2040 without raising taxes.
The budget proposal passed the House in March in a 235-193 with no Democratic support. Four Republicans opposed it.