Gingrich apologizes to Ryan for Medicare criticism

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has apologized to congressman Paul Ryan for
criticizing his proposal to overhaul Medicare.

Spokesmen for both Gingrich and Ryan tell The Associated Press that the former House speaker called Ryan on Tuesday
and offered an apology.

Ryan spokesman Conor Sweeney said the Wisconsin Republican accepted Gingrich’s apology. Gingrich spokesman Rick
Tyler says the call to Ryan “went very well.”

The House Budget Committee chairman, Ryan proposes replacing Medicare with vouchers that older Americans could use
to purchase private health insurance coverage.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” last Sunday, Gingrich labeled Ryan’s proposal a “radical” change that would reshape the
popular government entitlement program and “right-wing social engineering.”

Gingrich likened the proposal, in its dramatic scope, to the health law President Barack Obama has championed.

Gingrich hit with glitter at Minneapolis event

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista have been hit with glittery
confetti by a protester during the couple’s appearance at a book-signing in Minneapolis.

The man approached the Gingriches during the signing Tuesday afternoon at a downtown hotel. The man dumped a cracker
box full of confetti on the pair and said “Stop the hate!”

Two Associated Press reporters witnessed the event. The man was quickly pushed out of the room by an event
organizer.

Newt Gingrich was due to give a speech at the event sponsored by the Minnesota Family Council later in the
evening.