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."

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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. Cynt

    This stupid stupid man "this is the genuine voice of the american people" are you serious? This idiot gingrich and this tea party partiots is just an extension of all these so called tea bagger running around spreading hate. gingrich needs to sit his old lying A$% down, he is a nobody in Washington, his days are over and somebody needs to inform him of that, moron

    February 17, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Mesa Mick

    HA! This is not gonna be a "Contract for America", it gonna be a...

    Contract ON America!"

    February 17, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. sharon

    be careful of the newt..........

    rmember how fast he can/will change on you.

    February 17, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Ryan

    ENOUGH of this Teabagger crap!!!

    They are low-information voters with racial issues over the President and they've been organized and manipulated by the GOP. Easily manipulated I would add!

    Did you know the original tea party LEFT England because they were sick of it? So if you're gonna spout History then take a note and LEAVE America already and shut up. Or flock to Texas and break off from the country, the rest of us will gladly help you build a mote.

    They absolutely stupid to accuse those of us who grasp the concept that we must PAY for our roads, our military, our schools etc. with Taxes – they actually accuse US of being UN-American??? Are you kidding me!?!?

    If you're a conservative in this day and age then you need your head examined because there has NEVER been a bill passed by the GOP that was conservative on anything except equal rights for tax paying citizens. Did you know the top FIVE most expensive bills ever passed through congress in HISTORY were all penned by the GOP???


    Giving this "Tea Party" any press coverage or credibility is like handing the wheel of your car over to a drunk redneck who's angry because he put his cigarette out in his own eye and now he wants to go huntin' for wimmin to marry black people to beat.

    There was a time when education was respected... and that time has apparently ended with this party.

    February 17, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    Newt was the leader in the stepped-up divisiveness that has ruined our government. He is smart, but more so, HE IS EVIL. (Is he related to Dick Cheney? Anybody know??)

    February 17, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Jane (Minnesota)

    I don't think Newt really knows what genuine is. He didn't even know that Richard Reid (the shoe bomber) wasn't an American citizen during a recent interview. Just stay retired, Newt. You're not any help.

    February 17, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. garc

    Well, his first Contract On America worked well, didn't it? We've been trying to regain our footing ever since the Republicans had their hold on the government.

    February 17, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Liz in California

    too bad these same people didn't DEMAND a balanced budget when Bush was president.
    Bush came in with a surplus, remember?
    Now all of a sudden, ol' Gingry thinks it's time for it to happen.
    Who cares wheat he thinks, anyway?
    All of the republicans and democrats who didn't want the stimulus to pass, give the money back. GIVE IT BACK. It can be put to better use then to enable your media moments...
    Who will be the first to give stimulus money back?

    February 17, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. gl, From Pittsburgh

    The Republican party is their own worse nightmare. They have three group out their trying to describe their views and principles.

    February 17, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Molly Weasley

    With Gingrich, the teabaggers and the GOP, it's more like a "Contract ON America." Beware the distortions, half-truths and outright lies coming out of their mouths.

    February 17, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Tommy

    It's still the same Contract on America they pushed in '94. And it indeed would be a contract on America: privatization of social security? Anybody who believes in this is either stupid, has an exceptionally short memory, or is an investment banker.

    February 17, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. gary

    His Contract on America worked so well the last time that he ought to give it another try. The result would probably be the same. The Democrats would win out and Gingrich would again be on the talk show circuit.

    February 17, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. leon I'M A DEM

    i't not going to work this time, you see were it gotting use

    February 17, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. ATL Guy

    Too bad they didn't follow their last Contract with America. Once the Republicans got into power the spending and corruption was out of control.

    February 17, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Doesn't Gingrich really mean "Contract ON America"?

    February 17, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. nick

    In the last contract, as I recall, the only one who benefitted from it was Gringrich and his cronies... such as, the year of his birth, 1945, was the last year that retirement began at 65.... and ended whn Newtie was caught with his hand in the cookie jar: he resigned as the Speaker of the House in disgrace. I do not think we need another one.

    February 17, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Illinois 2

    His last contract with america shut the government down and he used it to try to blackmail President Clinton.

    This guy is full of it and for those that think he is for them, shame on you....

    February 17, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Shara

    Gingrich as a tea bagger ? What a surprise. That creep has several coats.

    February 17, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Spirit of America

    We have something better already. It is a Covenant with We, the People called the Declaration of Indpendence. Check out what it says about the right and duty of citizens.

    February 17, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Felonious Monk

    I vow to cheat on my wife and condemn others for doing the same thing at the same time.....

    This piece of human filth needs to dry up and blow away...

    February 17, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Felonious Monk

    Has King Rush approved this contract?

    February 17, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Felonious Monk

    Is it the genuine voice of "the" American people, or is it a voice of "some" American people. They don't speak for me, so how are they speaking for "America?"

    February 17, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Forddy1

    Wasn't this done by Tavis Smiley already? Come on Newt, get your own ideas.

    February 17, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. no2gop

    That whole fiscal conservative thing went really well during the Bush years. 5 trillion added to the national credit card. I think this country needs a good 10 year depression. Don't worry about me, like the Replublicans running things, I have my money put away, we'll be fine.

    February 17, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. sonny chapman

    Newt's stuck in a time warp–it's NOT 1994 anymore !

    February 17, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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