February 17th, 2010
07:22 PM ET
8 years ago

Gingrich touts new "Contract From America"

Washington (CNN) – In 1994, Newt Gingrich and other Republican leaders convinced GOP candidates to sign the "Contract with America," a document of conservative principles that included a pledge the House would vote on these issues.

The contract provided GOP candidates with succinct talking points on the campaign trail – ideas that resonated with a restless electorate – and congressional Democrats were swept out of power that year.

Fast forward to 2010 and Gingrich is promoting a second contract, except the newest incarnation was not drafted by him, party officials or political insiders. The "Contract From America" was organized by the Tea Party Patriots, an organization that describes itself as an advocate for "grassroots-generated, crowd-sourced, bottom-up call for real economic conservative and good governance reform in Congress."

CNN Poll: Who are the Tea Party activists?

The National Taxpayers Union, Regular Folks United and Liberty Central are part of this coalition of about 50 groups brought together by Tea Party Patriots that stand behind the new contract. It will be unveiled at Tea Party rallies on tax day, April 15.

Before it is revealed, the contract must be finalized, and Gingrich urged activists to help winnow the list of 22 policy initiatives under consideration to 10 by visiting the organization's Web site. The proposals range from "Demand a balanced budget" to "No more bailouts."

"It's not the handiwork of me or any public official," Gingrich said in his weekly e-mail column. "It is the genuine voice of the American people. Unlike the current political dynamic, in which the will of Washington is forced on America, this is the voice of America coming to Washington."

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  1. Sandra, Atlanta

    How can such an immoral and corrupt human being being looking to tout anything? The people of America and Georgia really make me sick to ignore what this man is. Ask his ex-wives!

    February 17, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. hobart

    So Gingrich buys into this bogus stereotype of the Tea Party? Sorry Newt, but the joke's over. The Tea Baggers are overwhelmingly white, male, extremely conservative, and Republican. They are not the down trodden of "Main Street" as you so lovingly portray them, but rather those who exploit such people. I guess with your record of shutting down the Federal Government in your tiff with Bill Clinton, because he wouldn't support your massive cuts to medicare, you fit right in.

    Why do you and your fellow Republicans hate America?

    February 17, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Publico

    This is the man who spearheaded the beginning of the GOP'S "scorched earth" approach to politics that has led to the present bipartisan gridlock that has paralyzed Congress. How he is still on the scene and not universally reviled shows the lack of awareness of the American people. If Gingrich has decided to take up the banner of the Tea party reactionaries, that is all you need to know about him and them.

    February 17, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Michael from Ventura

    Didn't work before.......won't work now. The gop needs to come into the 21st century! People like Newt keeps them going backwards- not forward!

    February 17, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |

    Go Newt. Here is the smartest man in the room. Intelligence wise, he makes Obama look moronic.

    February 17, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. aware

    Bravo people! 🙂

    February 17, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Jason

    Last time you had the political cout and wasted it ...
    A conservative litmus test is still a conservative litmus test...
    a bad idea then is a bad idea now

    February 17, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. johnnie w

    Cnn you are so GOP, and anybody with a NAME called NEWT, for a CONTRACT with AMREICA, is a TRAIN WRECK ,waiting to happen. Gringrich has ALOT of NERVE, even Speaking this NONSENSE, his Party of NO, put AMERICA in this Almost ABYSS, his President Bush and Vice Cheney ,had a CONTRACT Alright,and it was called DOOM. Who does he THINK he is FOOLING, not SMART AMERICANS, only His BASE of MORONS. GingRICH has a CONTRACT with the WEALHTY, and LOBBIST, and the GREEDY, all which desribes HIMSELF.CNN , it is so far OUT of REALITY,to BELIEVE anything this CLOWN PROMOTES, the GOPare nothing more than an PARTYof No IDEAS, NO POSITVE AGENDA for the American People, PERIOD, We need a CONTRACT with Showing the TRUTH about Newt and the LIES ,that Party FLOWS thru CNN, DAILY. Non stop 24/7 NEWS. I have a CONTRACT for GingRICH, your time has EXPIRED, no more FEAR TACTICS, President Obama has the RIGHT CONTRACT for America, it called CHANGE, and HOPE for the AMERICAN PEOPLE. not the SAME OLD NONSENSE....... YOU got that GingRICH.......

    February 17, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Terry from West Texas

    Great! Balance the budget. Be sure and include in that contract exactly what government programs are going to be eliminated. The budget deficit is $1.5 trillion. If we just eliminated the Defense Department, that would do it. Or, we could eliminate Social Security and Medicare. Or, we could do away with all government departments except for Defense. Or, we could just default on the national debt (I like that one myself.) Or, we could do a 33% across-the-board cut in everything.

    Conservatives are full of "cut the budget" talk but they can never think of anything to cut.

    I think the first thing to cut should be federal money to starts that have budget crises. Let those states raise taxes on their citizens, cut expenditures, or go bust. We can make them back into territories.

    February 17, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. ed

    A lot of people think it was Clinton that had surpluses, but it was the Congress that actually legislate the budget and passes it into law...

    It is time once again to cut spending on SS, Medicare to get the deficits down + cut additional taxes.

    Does anyone know what president collected the most tax revenue of all time?

    answer: George W. Bush!!! when you cut taxes you generate more private revenue which than gets taxed and sent to Uncle Sam.

    I wish democrats would be more forthcoming and honest.

    February 17, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Rob R

    Yes...I remember the original Contract in 1994...what I don't remember is what it did to resolve the similar "broken" government it meant to fix...heck, I don't seem to remember ANY benefit to me or my family...But we're the "dumb mob", maybe it will work for you this time same as last time you were out of power...

    February 17, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. russell

    Yeah right , didn't he help explode the deficit while touting conservatism..........another pale face liar , don't believe anything that politicians have to say !

    February 17, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Independent

    I'm sorry the last "CONTRACT" did not work! In fact I think YOU owe the AMERICAN PEOPLE for not honoring the last conctract! All of you OLD people both Republican and Democrat need to vacate immediately! YOU are destroying AMERICA. Neither of you have a clue. You should all be voted out so that the younger generation can have a chance! Although I am young, It is embarrassing to watch ADULT members of congress behave like children! Don't you guys get it??? This generation is not worried about class, personal preferences such as sexual orientation, ideology, or RACE! Both parties need to stop with the name calling, and sound bytes and get to work! Something regular Americans would love to be doing right now!

    February 17, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Angie in Pa


    How can we expect the people who got us into economic turmoil aka Republicans be the ones to get us out? Did they not own the Goverment for the last 16 years During both Clintons admin and Bushes? someone please rationally answer that

    February 17, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. KLS

    On January 21, 1997, the House voted overwhelmingly (395 to 28) to reprimand House Speaker Newt Gingrich for ethics violations dating back to September 1994. The house ordered Gingrich to pay an unprecedented $300,000 penalty, the first time in the House's 208-year history it had disciplined a speaker for ethical wrongdoing.

    March 2007, gave a radio interview to be broadcasted with Focus on the Family's James Dobson, and for the first time publicly acknowledged cheating on his first and second wives.

    February 17, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. j

    A new contract? Because the last one was so successful? Please give us a break and don't bother. The first contract is what set us up for the mess we're in now.

    February 17, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Sgt. USMC

    Imagine that, the so-called neutral "independent" tea party attempting to help repugs sweep congress. Sounds desperate to me.

    February 17, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. W l Jones

    This country creatative on Chirstian principle, one cannot be a conservative and never work outside of government or had a real boss.in order to learn how to make a living.

    February 17, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA


    February 17, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Lucullus

    Please his last contract on America damned near killed us financially and succeded in poisoning American politics, what more does he want

    February 17, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Here's the thing - Gingrich noted that the Republican controlled Congress under George W(oman) Bush failed to restrain any kind of spending. If they had been as they describe themselves, fiscal conservatives, then Medicare part D would have been paid for along with more responsible spending. They wouldn't have passed the tax cuts that George W(oman) Bush advocated; they would have been more interested in paying down the debt that we have. These Republicans seem to only show some kind of "fiscal restraint and conservativism" when they are not in power.

    February 17, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Vote for GOP based on their ideas, which are.......?????

    You know, I'm a Democrat by definition. And I voted for Obama, don't regret it. I don't agree with all his policies but hey, there is no such thing as the perfect president. Grow up.

    That being said, a word of advice to Republicans: These so-called contracts and the Tea Party, all they do is confuse and/or irritate Independent Voters.

    Most Independent voters don't follow fox news or read these blogs, they live their everyday life and only turn their heads when something major happens. And all these contracts do is rally YOUR base, which is pretty insignificant right now.

    And all the Tea Party does for you is point out the hate and racism from these people, except to the common Independent voter, they associate it with Republicans.

    Actions speak louder than words, and in my opinion the big winners of the next election will be the ones who actually sit down with the other party and get things done.

    Sure, far-right or far-left politcal agendas are not what the american people want, but we don't want inaction either. Or did we forget that we pay these men and women to work for the American people? Now to bash the very entity they work in.

    February 17, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. madmatt

    Hey newt, how many of the points on the contract actually happened and improved the lives of average americans? By my count NONE...but your corporate buddies certainly made out like bandits.

    February 17, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. IndyVoter

    Oh...H*** to the No! The first so-called Contract with America (but only the REAL America) was nothing but a rich white mans pact to rule and run this country the way they saw fit, the awful effects of which we woefully continue to feel today. NO, NO, NO, NO! I will rally every neighbor, friend, family member, dog, cat and everything else to fight this NONSENSE tooth and nail!!!

    February 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Mike

    Let's go tea partiers. Each group needs to be independent of each other and focus on your state and in 2012 focus on your state then we all focus on throwing nobama out. The Tea Parties do not need a national leader we just need each other and that is the way we are headed. Sending home liberals and RINO's are our goals. Support only fiscal conservatives and those who support our Constitution.

    February 17, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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