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Gingrich camp: Ryan plan 'absent a political plan'

Newt Gingrich has taken some heat in the past 48 hours from conservatives for his comments on Meet the Press on Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI)  fiscal plan.

But Gingrich's camp isn't backing away. Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler told First Read that Gingrich, who is seeking the Republican 2012 nomination for president, was "inartful" in his response to NBC's David Gregory on Meet the Press. But Tyler noted that Ryan's plan was "absent a political plan."

And he said that Gingrich will likely "help Republicans design a Medicare reform plan that Americans support."

"Newt had an inartful phrase in answer to a specific question by David Gregory," Tyler said in a phone interview. "The leader who designed the campaign to bring Republicans into power after 40 years, the person who designed the political strategy to implement welfare reform with a liberal Democratic president, with half the Democratic caucus voting for it, and who designed the strategy to get to a balanced budget, when that person, with that large-scale change achievements, offers you advice, I’d take it.

"A large-scale policy absent a political plan is a nice idea on a piece of paper. I’d like to see Newt Gingrich help Republicans design a Medicare reform plan that Americans can support.”