Haley: Gingrich comments on GOP Medicare plan unfortunate

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich / FILE

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Gov. Nikki Haley isn't pleased with comments coming from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich about his stance on a proposed national Medicare plan.

Gingrich, a GOP primary candidate for the 2012 president race, criticized the plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan that would replace the current Medicare system with a voucher structure. Gingrich called it a "radical change" and "right-wing social engineering," on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday.

Haley told CNN Gingrich's comments are unfortunate

"Here you've got Representative Ryan trying to bring common sense to this world of insanity, and Newt absolutely cut him off at the knees," Haley said in an interview with CNN's Peter Hamby Tuesday.

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A spokesman for Gingrich told the Weekly Standard a new Medicare system needs to be developed that people will be more receptive of.

Many Republican candidates are looking for a Haley endorsement as the primary vote draws closer.

When asked whether Haley would still consider endorsing Gingrich despite his comments, she told CNN, "What I can tell you is, the people of South Carolina support Representative Ryan. The people of South Carolina support conservatives who are trying to push real change, and the people of South Carolina expect their presidential candidates to back them up when they show courage."

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