Obama Calls Out Gingrich on Ryan Budget Criticism

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President Obama waded into the controversy over the federal budget, slamming a proposed budget by  Congressman Paul Ryan and noting that even former House speaker Newt Gingrich has spoken out  against it.

"In fact, that renowned liberal, Newt Gingrich, first called the original version of the budget 'radical' and said it would contribute to right-wing social engineering," Obama said.

Gingrich called Ryan's budget plan "right-wing social engineering" in an appearance on "Meet the Press" last year.

Obama went on to say, "This coming from Newt Gingrich," and told the crowd that Ryan's budget plan isn't even supported by a small group in the Republican Party. Obama said Tuesday that the budget "makes the Contract with America look like the New Deal."

Gingrich was the author and force behind the original Contract with America in the early 90's and based his presidential campaign on a new 21st century contract.

Gingrich chose to lay low Tuesday as results for the Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Republican primaries poured in with few votes for him. Gingrich responded to the president in a statement, saying Obama was distorting the facts to "score cheap political points."

"In fact, I have enthusiastically endorsed the House Republican budget, including the Ryan-Wyden optional premium support plan in Medicare. My concern over previous versions of this budget was limited to the fact that the premium support plan was mandatory rather than optional. That concern has been addressed," Gingrich said.

Gingrich said the attack on him by  Obama showed "how little he is concerned with governing and solving the debt crisis enveloping this country."

On Tuesday, Gingrich came in fourth place in Wisconsin, finished behind Ron Paul in Washington, D.C. and edged out a third place finish in Maryland. Gingrich did not hold an election party and only released a statement vowing to once again continue the race on to the Republican convention.

"The Washington establishment wants to declare this race over, but I am committed to carrying the banner of bold conservative colors all the way to Tampa," Gingrich said.

With dwindling funds and cutting nearly one third of his staff, Gingrich is still on the road campaigning this week in North Carolina and Delaware. Today he will speak at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

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