Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Iowa Debate: Romney, Gingrich in Harmony on Medicare Proposal Iowa Debate: Romney, Gingrich in Harmony on Medicare Proposal

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

CAMPAIGN 2012

Iowa Debate: Romney, Gingrich in Harmony on Medicare Proposal

+

The participants at Thursday's debate in Iowa.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich gave high marks at the Iowa debate to the bipartisan proposal to revamp Medicare released this week by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen.  Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

"I endorsed the concept today. It's a big step forward," Gingrich said.   

 

And notably, when presented with a clear opportunity to respond to criticism from Romney that he has a consistency problem when it comes to Medicare and Ryan's proposal, Gingrich decided against direct engagement with the former Bay State governor.

"I'm not in the business of blaming Governor Romney," he said. 

Not only did Gingrich steer clear of attacking Romney, he even offered praise for the ex-governor. "Governor Romney deserves some of the credit to help figure out a way to make this thing workable. It's a nice thing to actually have a bipartisan plan in Washington that we could look at in a positive way. And hope would help save Medicare," Gingrich said.

 

For his own part, Romney stuck to praising the Wyden-Ryan proposal. "Today, Republicans and Democrats came together. With Senator Wyden and Congressman Paul Ryan to say we have a solution to remove the $62 trillion [in unfunded liability]. This is a big day for our kids and grandkids," he said.

Comments
comments powered by Disqus
 
MORE NATIONAL JOURNAL