Yesterday, Newt Gingrich made his first trip to Iowa. From the looks of it, he did not receive a warm reception. Shortly after his arrival he was confronted by a Republican voter who was quite upset that Gingrich described the GOP budget plan as “right-wing social engineering” and “radical.”
Voter: Speaker Gingrich, what you just did to Paul Ryan is unforgivable.
Gingrich: I didn’t do anything to Paul Ryan!
Voter: Yes, you did. You undercut him and his allies in the house.
Gingrich: No, I —
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.
Remarkably, the entire confrontation occurred while Gingrich and the voter were shaking hands. Watch it:
The incident was at Gingrich’s first stop on a scheduled 17-city tour of Iowa.