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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the Kiwanis Club Monday in Dubuque, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said Monday that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich does not fully understand a GOP proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher system, dismissing criticism from the former House speaker that the plan would be a radical change.

“I just think he’s missing the mark on what our plan actually does,” Ryan, chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, told reporters after a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago. “Our plan is one of the most gradual things one could do,” because it would not affect people over age 55 and would not kick in for 10 years.

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