Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign is off to a rocky start, as GOP lawmakers and conservative commentators force him to backpedal on health care and Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plans.
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Less than a week after announcing his presidential candidacy, Mr. Gingrich is playing defense on comments that most of his party find unacceptable.
In then-Senator Biden's case, the big story on the day he filed paperwork for his presidential candidacy was, instead, his remarks calling Barack Obama the "first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean."
Gingrich's remarks – attacking Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan and leaning toward an individual healthcare mandate – were less of the foot-in-mouth variety, but perhaps even more reprehensible to fellow Republicans, who have quickly fallen in step to reprimand the former House leader.
A few are already declaring the nascent campaign finished.