Gingrich Addresses Changing Positions

by Katrina Trinko

Newt Gingrich addressed his past support for the individual health-care mandate in an interview tonight.

“Mitt raised this issue in one of our debates, and if I’d been clever, I would have turned and said, ‘Mitt, I’ve admitted I was wrong.  I’ve learned and I changed my mind, why haven’t you?’” Gingrich told CNN.

“I think part of the difference is the scale,” Gingrich said on why his shifts in position were different from Romney’s, commenting that Romney had gone from running “to left of Teddy Kennedy” to running “to the right of Newt Gingrich.”

“If you’ve been active as long as I have and you haven’t changed on some things, you must be impervious to new information and new knowledge,” he added. “I mean, there’s a certain amount of growth that’s inevitable, and that people will look at new situations and new circumstances. But I had over my entire career a 90 percent voting record [from] the American Conservative Union. I don’t think  anybody thought of me as anything less than a solid conservative.”