'It's been a little bit of a challenging week,' former House speaker tells Iowa crowd
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday he'll use "cheerful persistence" to overcome the bumps that marked the first formal week of his campaign.
Gingrich said he isn't surprised by the rough start to his campaign, ranging from Republican outrage at his description of a proposed House overhaul of Medicare as "right-wing social engineering" to being showered with glitter by a gay-rights activist in Minneapolis.
"My reaction is if you're the candidate of very dramatic change, it you're the candidate of really new ideas, you have to assume there's a certain amount of clutter and confusion and it takes a while to sort it all out, because you are doing something different," Gingrich told reporters after he opened an intense three-day campaign swing in Iowa.
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