By Sam Baker - 05/18/11 03:13 PM EDT
Quoting Republican Newt Gingrich's criticism of House Republicans' Medicare proposal would be "a falsehood," Gingrich said Tuesday night on Fox News.
Gingrich said during an appearance on "Meet the Press" this past Sunday that the Medicare proposal amounts to "right-wing social engineering" and would be too big of a change too quickly. He has since walked those comments back and apologized to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who sponsored the Medicare proposal.
On Tuesday, Gingrich said it would be unfair — and not a factual statement — for Democrats to use his words in a campaign ad.
"Any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood," Gingrich said. "I have said publicly those words were inaccurate and unfortunate."
The former House Speaker said he would have voted for Ryan's budget proposal and praised Ryan for starting the process of seriously debating entitlement reform.
When host Greta van Susteren asked Gingrich what he opposes in the Ryan budget, he said he would like to see the Medicare voucher program start earlier. Ryan's plan would preserve the existing Medicare structure until 2022, then convert it into subsidies for private insurance.