Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
The New York Times has uncovered yet another instance of Newt Gingrich supporting an individual mandate for health insurance:
Although he now says he is opposed to the so-called individual mandate, in a May 2009 conference call — previously unreported — he told health care executives, “We believe there should be must-carry; that is, everybody should have health insurance, or if you’re an absolute libertarian, we would allow you to post a bond.”
I imagine Newt will have yet another too-clever-by-half explanation for this, but there's now quite a track record of him being a big fan of the mandate. At some point, his denials just aren't going to wash any longer.
There's also more in the article about his relentless lobbying-that-wasn't-really-lobbying. His explanations for this are getting a little frayed around the edges too.