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Schumer Weighs In On Gingrich Woes

May 18, 2011

How bad a week is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) having? Even Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) feels sorry for him.

The tough-talking Democrat from Brooklyn said the former House GOP leader was only trying to talk sense into the Republican Party when he criticized Paul Ryan's budget plan as "right-wing social engineering" during a Sunday appearance on NBC's "Meet The Press." What he didn't know, Schumer said, was conservatives have made Ryan's budget a new litmus test for the presidential primary.

"It seems he entered the campaign only to find his Republican Party has been pushed considerably father to the right than the party he led in the 90s," Schumer told reporters on a conference call. "It's astounding."

The former House speaker has been excoriated by conservatives since his comments Sunday, eventually forcing him to apologize to Ryan yesterday afternoon.

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