Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich spoke late Tuesday afternoon with Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin in the wake of his comments regarding Ryan’s plan to reform Medicare.
Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler told CNN Gingrich was “reaching out” and that the call “went very well.”
Tyler did not say directly if Gingrich issued an apology, but did not dispute Ryan’s characterization of the phone call. Ryan told conservative talk radio host Michael Medved earlier that Gingrich apologized.
Tyler said that Gingrich placed the call between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET from Minneapolis, where the former House Speaker is addressing the Minnesota Family Council dinner.
“The objective was to get them in a conversation,” Tyler said. “There weren’t hard feelings between them.”
A spokesman for Ryan said he "accepted Former Speaker Gingrich's apology" during Tuesday's phone conversation.
The former Georgia congressman has faced criticism from members of his party for comments he made during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” in which he called the Medicare provision in the House GOP budget plan proposed by Ryan a “radical change.”
"What you want to have is a system where people voluntarily migrate to better outcomes, better solutions, better options, not one where you suddenly impose it," Gingrich said Sunday. "I am against Obamacare imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change."
Gingrich later walked back the comment, saying he largely supports Ryan's proposal and has long supported a repeal of the health care law.
"Let me just say I think Paul Ryan did a great job overall but I think the Medicare part needs to go through a public process, discussion, and improvement and modification and I think it can," Gingrich told CNN. "I think he has the beginning of what could be an extraordinary plan."
- CNN's Steve Brusk, Kevin Bohn and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report