“I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate.” Meet the Press, May15, 2011. Of course everyone knows that statement was made by Newt Gingrich on Meet the Press about Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal, but here are 10 other statements he’s made since becoming a Presidential candidate.
1. If Democrats use his Medicare statement against Republicans: ”So let me say on the record, any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood.” On the Record with Greta van Susteren, May 17, 2011
2. Illegal Immigration: ”I’m looking seriously at the way the Selective Service Act used to work in the 1940s and World War II where a local Selective Service board who knew the local people made the decisions…because I think we are going to want to find some way to deal with the people who are here to distinguish between those who have no ties to the United States and therefore you can deport them at minimum human cost, and those who, in fact, may have earned the right to become legal, but not citizens.” Town Hall Meeting, Waterloo, Iowa, May 19, 2011
3. On his Tiffany and Company bill for $250,000 to $500,000: ”Well, go, you go talk to Tiffany’s. All I’m telling you is we– we are very frugal. We, in fact, live within our budget. We owe nothing.” Face the Nation, May 22, 2011.
4. More on the Tiffany’s bill: ”People should be free to spend their own money the way they see fit.” Manchester, New Hampshire, May 25, 2011.
5. On unpaid taxes in 4 states: ”I’ve run four businesses over 12 years. We’ve paid millions of dollars in taxes. There were, I think, four or five places where largely stuff had been lost in the mail coming to us. We didn’t even know we had the liens.” Meet the Press, May 15, 2011.
6. On being a Washington Insider: ”I’m not a Washington figure, despite the years I’ve been here.” Reporters Breakfast, Washington Press Corps, May 23, 2011.
7. On cheating on his first two wives: “There’s no question that at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate.” Christian Broadcasting Network, March 2011.
8. On why he’s running for President: ”I just think my background is such that, in terms of substance, I think I can help lead the country,” Des Moines Iowa, May 16, 2011
9. His 2 biggest mistakes: “My two biggest mistakes were being undisciplined and that I didn’t listen enough. I am working very diligently to be part of a team and to be sure that the team leaders have a lot of input, along with me.” Washington Times, May 10, 2011.
10. Why he keeps getting in trouble: “I’ve got to be more careful and make certain that it’s virtually impossible to misunderstand what I’m saying.” Concord, New Hampshire, May 26, 2011.