Gingrich says his ideas will evolve openly
May 17th, 2011
01:22 PM ET
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Gingrich says his ideas will evolve openly

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – As he fends of charges of shifting on key positions, embattled Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says he will allow his ideas to evolve openly throughout the course of his campaign.

"Normally campaigns are very secretive, they don't reveal anything until they're totally ready and then they spring something," Gingrich told CNN after a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa Monday night. "I really think you're better off when you engage the American people in a dialogue where they get to participate in the development of the ideas."

Listen to a conversation about the state of the 2012 race with CNN Radio Washington Correspondent Bob Costantini and CNN Lead Political Anchor Wolf Blitzer:


"The evolution may be more open than anything you've ever seen in a campaign," the former House Speaker and onetime college professor added.

The comments come as Gingrich faces criticism from several members of his party for comments he made during an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, in which he took aim at provisions of GOP Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal and appeared to support a health care mandate.

Gingrich later walked back both comments, saying he largely supports Ryan's proposal and has long been for an appeal 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."

But he did reiterate he is taking a cautious approach to the Medicare proposal...

"I think that it's something so big and so central to people's lives that we need to make sure we do it right. And we need to make sure people understand and approve it."

Gingrich added he will state his final positions well before voters head to the polls.

"Long before we get to the election we'll lock down," he said. "We'll have a specific list of bills."


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  1. delilahjones

    Gingrich says his ideas "will evolve openly"?? You mean his running for president with no ideas! lol

    May 17, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. bob in florida

    They have been evolving! Like a windshield wiper on high speed. Flip flop flip flop flip flop......

    May 17, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. peggy

    Can't stand him, but it's too bad candidates aren't allowed original ideas or stray from party lines - and this is for both sides.

    May 17, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Ex-GOP Con

    Before I consider voting for Gingrich, I want to know what his position is on amending the constitution or even introducing a bill to ban divorcing and crimnalize adultery.

    We'll call it the Real Defense of Marriage Act.

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    The right IS becoming deranged.
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    May 17, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. GetOverIt

    See Newt dance.

    May 17, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country (the very real deal)

    Egads Newt!! Don't mess with the time honored tradition of lying and pandering to all the voters to get their vote!! Honestly though, people don't want to see you make the sausage. Please just tell us what flavors you make and sell.

    May 17, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Sean Olson

    That's true, great ideas usually are a collaborative effort. That is not the same as being a windsock for the prevailing political opinion of the moment, which is what Gingrich is proposing. As we well know, Gingrich has never had much use for loyalty to any person or ideal if it stands between him and his desires.

    May 17, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Dennis

    Evolve with opinion polls, of course. Not only a race baiter, serial adulterer, and bad Catholic, but easily the most craven, as well as the dumbest "Brilliant guy" in politics today.

    May 17, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. TP

    This is funny. I guess critcizing a sitting president's position on the issues is much easier than running for president and trying to explain your own ideas, or in Gingrich's case, lack of ideas. News flash for Gingrich – develop your platform before you run for office not after you announce your candidacy.

    May 17, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Pips

    So basically his "ideas" are up for the highest bidder, and whatever is popular at the time.

    I'd prefer to have someone who has actual ideas of his own and stand by them. You can change your position on ideas at times, but you dang well better tell us explicitly why you did, and it better be a good reason.

    May 17, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Todd

    Gingrich divorced his cancer-ridden wife while bopping someone else. meanwhile, he helped tie up the entire government in an impeachment trial because Clinton got a BJ. So he is a hypocrite. He is also anti gay, anti choice, and is no fan of the middle class. He'd rather bust the budget by granting tax breaks to millionaires while leaving Medicaid and Medicare to rot.

    I don't know how he will do in the GOP primaries, but in the general election, he's toast.

    May 17, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Terry

    Sorry Newt, it appears that you have lost your mind. Next !

    May 17, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Voice of Reason

    This is code-speak. He is either saying, "I dont know what i am doing" or he has to check with the latest polls before deciding on any position.

    Note to Newt: A moral compass that depends on what other people think isnt a compass at all. And we already know where you stand on issues like fidelity in marriage, and hypocrisy when making accusations against fellow politicians. Please peddle your spinelessness elsewhere.

    May 17, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Rob

    Kind of like his stand in the 80s that drug dealers should be given the death sentence, effectively lowering the marginal punishment for murder.

    May 17, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. lou

    'ideas will evolve openly' is political spin for 'ideas will change depending on the audience I'm speaking to.'

    May 17, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Gingrich is quoted as saying:
    "I really think you're better off when you engage the American people in a dialogue where they get to participate in the development of the ideas."

    "The evolution may be more open than anything you've ever seen in a campaign."

    Translation = I'll say whatever I need to say in order to convince you to get a majority to vote for me (but don't count on me to do it, unless it aligns with my clearly demonstrated "Right" wing ideologies).

    May 17, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Robert

    The Ryan PLan: Perfect for everyone except for the people that need the program!

    May 17, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    "The evolution may be more open than anything you've ever seen in a campaign," the former House Speaker and onetime college professor added.
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    Brilliant. I gotta give Newt credit. This is ingenious.
    He's preparing us for hypocrosiy to come, and he will be able to dust it off as "I told you so."

    May 17, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. a in austin

    So Newt wants to have a public discussion and process? Since when does any republican take input from the voters? They have their own agenda!!! Look what the last election brought us – surprise, surprise and more surprise!!! He already has his agenda – he's just not letting you know what it is. Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Florda voters, am,ong others – are you listening?

    May 17, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. Voice of Reason

    You can call it what you want, but Newt already knows how the machine works. He's shown us in the past that he's more than willing to game the system and play politics all the while completely unencumbered by morals, standards or ethics.

    This isnt his first time round the block, and we already know what he is. We kicked him out for lack of ethics once – do we really have to go through this again?

    May 17, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country (the real deal)

    Gingrich added he will state his final positions well before voters head to the polls.

    This is his way of taking back everything he said that was not popular. What joke. You announced your intent to run for the job so your words count now Newt!

    May 17, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. diridi

    mine too....

    May 17, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. ted

    Newt has set a record for how short a candidacy he had from announcement to sending a flare up his own butt when he denounced his own party's plan to fix the budget and medicare. One week, I count. Trump lasted longer with his birther crap. Palin never had a chance. Barbour and Huckabee, self annointed rednecks, pulled out. Who is left? Who cares? All losers.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 17, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Tony

    Gingrich called the Medicare plan proposed by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan as "radical change" and "right-wing social engineering."

    Well, the Ryan plan proposes replacing the current government-run Medicare program with a voucher system that would allow recipients to buy health care on the private market. It is compulsory because the Medicare program is being replaced with an voucher system for people under 55, so people under 55 have no choice in the matter. Medicare would cease to exist for them. Once the voucher runs out people would be on their own. So what did Newt say that was wrong?

    May 17, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Yeah, Newt's ideas will evolve openly just like he was open to his wives while having affairs. When Newt's mouth is moving you know he's lying, when it's not moving you know he's lying in bed with another woman.

    May 17, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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