April 15th, 2010
11:23 AM ET
9 years ago

Gingrich to sign Contract from America

Newt Gingrich will endorse the ‘Contract from America’ on Thursday.

Newt Gingrich will endorse the ‘Contract from America’ on Thursday.

(CNN) - The man who made famous the "Contract for America" 16 years ago is signing on to a similar pact Thursday advanced by Tea Party activists.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will become the first high-profile politician to endorse the so-called "Contract from America" later Thursday at an event in Austin, Texas.

The document, which included online solicitations and voting, was drafted by the Tea Party Patriots - one of the major factions in the anti-government spending, low tax movement.

The document is also set to be unveiled during a rally at the Washington monument Thursday evening.

Among the contract's provisions:

(1) Protect the Constitution, (2) Reject Cap & Trade, (3) Demand a Balanced Budget, (4) Enact Fundamental Tax Reform, (5) Restore Fiscal Responsibility and Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington, (6) End Runaway Government Spending, (7) Defund, Repeal and Replace Government-run Health Care, (8) Pass an 'All-of-the-Above' Energy Policy. (9) Stop the Pork, and (10) Stop the Tax Hikes.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    (7) Defund, Repeal and Replace Government-run Health Care

    Newt, you must have not seen the results from the special election in Florida. The Democrat won overwhelmingly. This should be a indicator to you misinformed Tea Party idiots that seniors like this healthcare bill now that they know the FACTS about it. Republicans are toats in November.

    April 15, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    This is another waste of press time-
    We do adhere to the Constitution- of course FUUL adherance will legalize gay marriage. A baLanced budget will tax – heavily- the member of the Tea party since yesterday's poll showed they are "wealthy". The removal of all "pork" means no bridges, roads, national parks, and then what will they do with their SUV's? Just what is "fundamental tax reform"? Does this mena we can tax Fundamentalist for their wanting to take away all of the freedoms non- Fundamentalist have?
    It's time to put put into law a restriction that people that are out of the work force( retired), already recieving government assistance ( Social Security, Medicare) and anythng else that will affect our young- are not allowed to vote on such matters.
    Imagine the amount of renewable engery we would have. Imagine how sound our healthcare system would be. Socoal Security would be funded becuase they woudl not allow it to be tapped for other expenses.
    The tea Party is based on something that happened over 200 years ago- some of these people think like its still 1776.

    April 15, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Indy

    Typical Republican wanting to regress instead of Progress. He said Palin was important so his views are from that moment on,useless. If you think a failed mayor, failed ex Governor that was guilty of abuse of power is important then don't expect anyone to respect your views and ideas. Where was his concerns when Cheney and Bush were terrorizing the world in every aspect of his "Contract on America".Newty Boy expects everyone is stupid enough that he can regurgitate the same old fear crap and get respect but Americans are not as dumb as him and Sarah Palin and have much longer memories then he thinks. When will a Republican ever come up with something new, we are no longer scared of the boogie man Newt.

    April 15, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. linda

    Come on CNN – stop showcasing this loser. Start reporting on
    his personal infidelities, his corruption, and why he was kicked
    out of Congress.

    This is a light weight , fear-mongering idiot who you need to expose
    in a fair and balanced way

    April 15, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Jim in San Mateo

    You mean the contract on America? The kind where every law that doesn't directly benefit Republicans is voided? Every tax that doesn't support defense is repealed?

    How about a contract that promotes responsibility? Affordable housing? Wages that match the work being done? Paying teachers a livable wage for educating the next generation? How about tax cuts that benefit everyone?

    I'll sign that contract.

    April 15, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Larry

    The White Annoying Teabaggers number 11 will be "the heck with 1 to 10. Number 12 will be "Elimiate the Jews, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and Gays".

    April 15, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. ed fl

    NEUTERED Newt whether medical neutered or age neutered, the GOP alley cat is trying to swindle the public like he swindled his sick wives while playing footsieswith other [YOUNGER FEMALES]. Unfortunately for him his same old stories with a different play on words will get him about as far as he got when he cried that President Clinton would not let him in the private section of the presidential plane.Hey Newt get in the back of the bus or go play BINGOwith john Mccain.

    April 15, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |

    NO MENTION of what existing things the government provides to Americans we would have to do without. Should we make it harder for kids to go to college – is that really good for all of us? Kick grandma off medicare? No specifics at all. Pork is an easy target but it is a miniscule portion of the budget. SLOGANS ARE EASY – GOVERNING IS HARD.

    April 15, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Sounds like a truly excellent contract. I just hope enough people sign it.

    April 15, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Dave from Missouri

    I assume this also means the tea partiers and Gringrich want to completely do away with Medicare or the Republican approved Prescription Drug Plan assistance! How many of them are on that "Government Run Health Care", and can they afford the premiums for private insurance or to pay for their prescriptions with no government support?

    April 15, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. rfk

    Nothing but empty rhetoric not unlike a high school kid running for class president promising less homework.
    I wonder what would happen if the contract included specifics like “reduce income tax by decreasing defense spending by 50% over the next five years.” I would love to see the reaction from these so called fiscal conservatives.

    April 15, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Chris

    What tax increases? My taxes haven’t went up, so where that is coming from I don’t know. I mean if you taxes have went up, you must be making some really good money and can afford to pay a little bit more!!!

    April 15, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Felonious Monk

    Once again, the republicans say one thing, but have always done another.
    This is complete hogwash

    April 15, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Realist

    Once again, Newt crawls out from the rock he has been hiding underneath. And as far as Palin, she does not talk, she screeches and her screeching is like a person running their finger nails down a chalkboard.

    April 15, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. stephen

    Rubbish. Newt told us this stuff first time around and did barely any of it. DC got bigger when he was in town. Only true conservatives will get my vote.

    April 15, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. republicans hate america

    what a loser. hey by the way the shoe bomber is not an american citizen as you pointed out and Bush administration read him his rights.

    April 15, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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