Key GOP senators steer clear of Gingrich's Medicare swipe
May 17th, 2011
03:41 PM ET
12 years ago

Key GOP senators steer clear of Gingrich's Medicare swipe

Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's criticism of the House GOP plan for Medicare reform has opened a hornet's nest inside the party, but at least two influential Republicans are steering clear of the controversy.

"I don't comment on other candidates," Sen. John McCain, the last GOP nominee for president, said with a grin. "I spent a couple of years doing that."

When Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, was asked if it was appropriate for Gingrich to call the GOP Medicare plan "right wing engineering," the man whose job is to get Republican senators elected, said he's "staying out of presidential primary politics."

"I don't see any particular advantage to going there," said Cornyn, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "I appreciate the question but I'm not going there," he added with a chuckle.

Filed under: 2012 • John Cornyn • John McCain • Medicare • Newt Gingrich
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  1. bob in florida

    I guess they know when Gingrich is coming to visit them. They hear him walking down the hall. "Flip flop. flip flop. flip flop". Then their staffers say, here comes Newt!

    May 17, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Name king

    Hey I am surprise these repugs are not smashing newt. Maybe under the quiet they too know the Ryan plan has tea bagger written all over it. I bet they don't want to comment on the health care mandate either. Since that what theyve been preaching ever since obama jumped on their band wagon. I wonder if they want to give all the power to the health care companies. As most of us know by now. Health care companies only cares about their shareholders, and not patrioticm. I wonder how long will it take the repugs to see this

    May 17, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. fayse

    Gingrich dosen't need any help from those Senators, he can put his foot in his mouth all by himself. It is interesting to watch all of the GOP list of hopefulls destroy themselves with their mouths. Trump, Palin,Bachman, Ryan and now Gingrich.

    May 17, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country (the very real deal)

    Now there are two smart guys!! Stepped right over that pile of dog poop Newt dropped!!

    May 17, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    You both are wimps. You're just afraid because you agree with the Newter and don't want to feel the wrath of Fat-boy, Shamitty, Failin Palin, and the rest of the zombies that like this plan even though republicans all over are fleeing from it like rats from a sinking ship

    May 17, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. ConservaFASCISTS

    My whole gripe with Newt is that he's a hypocrite. He wanted a voucher program back I the 90's, but now it's "right wing engineering." He supported an individual mandate as did all republicans, now he's against "Obamacare." He can;t be taken seriously as a candidate. Now he has bigger problems to worry about with his debt to Tiffany & Co. Huntsman and Romney will be the republican frontrunners.

    May 17, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |

    Look at the wingnuts scatter like bugs. Newt's racist comment throwing(poor mostly white) foodstamp users under the bus was fine,but when he slips up and tells the truth about Ryan's debacle the GOBP goes into a tizzy. I can't wait until Snookie Palin rides in on her white horse to repeat her 08 failure next year. It's so much fun to watch.

    May 17, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Tony

    "I don't comment on other candidates," Sen. John McCain.
    "staying out of presidential primary politics." Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas
    "I don't see any particular advantage to going there," "I appreciate the question but I'm not going there," Cornyn
    Seriously, will that hold true for the Democratic candidate when he comes on to the stage as well.
    These are the men that have the courage to lead American but it is Governor Nikki Hilery that had the balls to call Newt out.....LOL .....what a bunch of Wusses.

    May 17, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Dan

    It seems the repugs hate the truth, how dare they say anything that is not pre approved.

    May 17, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |

    These old, white haired, GOP dinosaurs,.. are running scared, and gun shy about taking a stand. They have their heads shoved so far up their own arses,.. keep it there you relics,.. and enjoy the view.

    May 17, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. TB

    If anyone is concerned about the future of our democracy, please do some serious research on the subject of "Christian Dominionism" and it's influence on the GOP.

    May 17, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. rusty155

    At lease Newt Gingrich Is the Only Republican that had say the truth , that Paul Ryan Plan Is not the way to go. The thing Is does he Really mean It ,or only saying want he now what people want to hear. I use to trust Republican , But you just can trust them any more. I use to be a Republican ,but I will never be again. The republican only care about the RICH and BIG BUSINESS. The rest of us can be on the street with no home and nothing to eat. They sent all are Jobs to China and Mexico and gave the Big Business tax break for doing It. Well American people when you go out and try to find a JOBS and there ISN'T any you can thank the Republican.

    May 17, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Tony

    GOP.... now stands for Grand Ole' Push over (or which ever word suits you best)

    May 17, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    Sounds like a whole line of goose steppers has lost their rhythm and have started kicking each other in the arse. Wonderful!

    May 17, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Dot

    What a couple of gutless wonders.

    May 17, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. A Kickin' Donkey

    It's about time that journalists start earning their "1st ammendment rights" by serving the public good.

    Allowing politicians a free hand to spout their lying and erroneous idealogy means they are not doing their jobs and should be FIRED.

    Trump is an excellent example. Look at how many so called "journalists" beat a path over to HIS CONFERENCE ROOM to interview him and then let him DOMINATE the conversation. One notable exception was George Stephanopolous. EXCUSE ME. EXCUSE ME. No Donnie, your exposed.

    Similarly, all the media has to to with Newt is to apply the child-like approach of the Five Whys. When Gingrich says something, ask him Why? and make him elaborate. He will reveal his true, undisciplined feelings every time.

    David Gregory didn't have to do much to get Newt to self-destruct this time. However, going forward, it's going to be harder. In the age of YouTube and cell phones with video cameras everywhere, I'm expecting all the frauds to be exposed.

    May 17, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Tony

    In case of John McCain, he is staying quiet because he used to support individual mandate.

    May 17, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. 'merica ruined by rethugs


    GOP.... now stands for Grand Ole' Push over (or which ever word suits you best)

    How about Grand Ole Pussyfooters

    May 17, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. NVa Native

    If you really want to understand the GOP mentality search "14 Elements of Fascism". A few minutes and you will understand all to well what the GOP is up to.

    May 17, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    Newt has his own campaign strategy. What's wrong with other Republicans letting him go with that? But in order for him to win over Republican and Independent voters, Newt will need to explain how he plans to deal with the severely broken Medicare system.

    May 17, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    same ol same ol from the GOP when it comes to running for POTUS. Put some guy out there that has tried before, in the case of Paul THREE times, and see if the public will go for it. Too bad the so called fresh faces like Palin and Bachmann have turned out to be airheads that look good but that's about it. Sen McCain knows what it is to be attacked by his own party so good for him to sterr clear of the mess Newt has caused for himself.

    May 17, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |