Republicans savage Newt for criticizing GOP plan to end Medicare

Republicans are livid with Newt Gingrich for criticizing GOP House Budget chair Paul Ryan’s plan to end Medicare.  AMERICAblog Elections: The Right’s Field has some amazing video of Gingrich being excoriated by a rank-and-file Republican, on camera – video that was shown on FOX News, no less.  And more GOPers are pilling on:

Majority Leader Eric Cantor, via The Hill:

“There’s no question there was a misspeak here,” Cantor said on WLS radio in Chicago. “Just to sit here while all but three Hosue Republicans voted for the Ryan budget, to somehow portray that as a radical step, I believe, is a tremendous misspeak.”

Cantor advised Gingrich to explain his comments and “get back on board with what we’re trying to do.”

Tea Party leaders:

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WSJ ed board:

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GOP Voter in Iowa yesterday (VIDEO):

Voter: You’re an embarrassment to our party.

Gingrich: I’m sorry you feel that way.

Voter: Why don’t you get out before you make a bigger fool of yourself.

And now Nikki Haley, who rang up CNN’s Peter Hamby to let loose.

“What he said was absolutely unfortunate,” Haley told CNN in a phone interview. “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.”

“When you have a conservative fighting for real change, the last thing we need is a presidential candidate cutting him off at the knees,” she added.

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