April 20th, 2010
05:58 PM ET
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GOP to unveil campaign pledge after Labor Day

Texas Rep. Pete Sessions said Tuesday that a blueprint document is being crafted that GOP candidates will be encouraged to sign.

Texas Rep. Pete Sessions said Tuesday that a blueprint document is being crafted that GOP candidates will be encouraged to sign.

Washington (CNN) - House Republican candidates will be encouraged, but not forced, to sign on to the policy blueprint being crafted by GOP leaders for the midterm elections that's being compared to the 1994 "Contract with America."

That set of promises and principles from 16 years ago is widely seen as one of the reasons Republicans succeeded in knocking entrenched Congressional Democrats out of power.

The new yet-to-be-named blueprint being crafted by the current GOP leadership is expected to be unveiled sometime after Labor Day, Texas Rep. Pete Sessions said Tuesday during a campaign briefing with reporters. Sessions is chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, the political wing of House Republican leadership.

"It will be a document worth signing, I predict," said Sessions, who later added that GOP leaders would not "force people" to sign it.

Sessions noted that the blueprint will provide voters with a clear picture of how the Republican Party plans to approach the legislative process. California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republicans' point-man for crafting the document, is calling it the "Commitment to America" as a placeholder until a formal name is adopted.

Unlike the 1994 Contract, Republicans said this new GOP campaign document will draw from the ideas and solutions offered by voters. In the coming months, Republicans will hold town hall meetings in their congressional districts along with creating an online component to solicit suggestions.

This policy blueprint is part of a larger campaign strategy by Republicans to take back control of the House. The GOP needs a net pick-up of 40 seats to secure the majority, which Sessions said is his goal.

"Anything less, I did not fulfill my mission statement," the Texas congressman said. "I am not the least bit interested in coming in second place."

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  1. Tulsa

    Fooled us once, not again.
    Same old foul smelling Republicans doing the same foul, un-American things. Just remember, "Party first!"

    April 20, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. jo

    Contract with America II: The Wrath of the Tea Party. Same paper I have in my bathroom.

    April 20, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. Pragmatic

    Another republican attempt to ram radical conservative ideas down our throats ... check to see how "pure" the republican is required to be ... that's politically "pure" – not morally or ethically – which leaves Rubio out!

    April 20, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. Ryan

    More rhetoric with little to no substance I presume.

    April 20, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. ran

    A preview for all you our there:






    April 20, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. michaelam

    LOL! Leadership exists within the GOP? Really?
    We do not need another Contract ON America....good ol' boys. We need solutions and ideas that actually work..........something other than tax cuts or that Ponzi scheme....trickle down/voodoo economics concept!

    April 20, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Michelle

    You mean, you won't be holding a gun to their head? But I bet you'll withhold any RNC support from anyone who refuses to sign it. Wonder how many times the word 'socialism' will appear? Or 'God.' Or 'upholding American values.' You people would get more votes if you actually tried, just once, to work WITH the rest of Congress FOR the people instead of for your reelection campaigns and your lobbies.

    April 20, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. michaelam

    Typical GOP nonsense....Recyclen and Rename!

    April 20, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. CNN + Politics = Deception

    So why does it take them 4.5 months to put out a single piece of paper with the word "no" on it?

    April 20, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Hound92

    Rule number one. Don't disagree with Rush.

    April 20, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. Chuck

    Give me a break. Just a bunch of words and promises that will not be kept. No matter what I will not be voting Republican. I am voting Democrat or a third party.

    April 20, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. badger

    Same old crap from the Republican's the Contract for America was a diaster, so this won't be any differant. Tax cuts for the rich, cut all social programs, tax cuts for the rich, deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, smaller government, tax cuts for the rich, repeal all of Obama's Policy, tax cuts for the rich, business can police themselves, tax cuts for the rich, bust unions, tax cuts for the rich, vote no on everything for the people, tax cuts for the rich, privatize everything, tax cuts for the rich, ship rest of the jobs oversea's, tax cuts for the rich, we have heard this all before and remember who got us into this mess, the Republican's.

    April 20, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. Robert

    blech...just history repeating itself all over again. the economy is finally starting to stabilize. do i really want republicans back in power to send us back spiraling downward? no.

    April 20, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. ToGetherWeStand

    I think the GOP believes that American Electorade is very gullable. They did not fufill their promises from 16 years ago. Whatwever they call the new document it will be just a list of lies.

    April 20, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. Terry from West Texas

    There is no one so stupid as to fall for another Republican "Contract." At least I hope not. Remember the last one? Remember they promised to enact term limits?

    What Newt Gingrich said later was that Republicans only promised to bring it to a vote. They didn't actually promise to vote FOR it. It was turned down on an unrecorded voice vote by the House.

    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice, shame on me.
    Fool me a hundred times over fifty years and I must be a Republican voter.

    April 20, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. Dave

    "Sessions noted that the blueprint will provide voters with a clear picture of how the Republican Party plans to approach the legislative process."


    Yeah, right. I assume that this document is going to say "Just say no." Since most Republicans out there can't spell their own names right now, how is this going to help? Look what the "Contract on America" got us. I doubt if the country will be fooled by some lame slogan again...

    April 20, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. Brian in California

    "We the Republican Party of the United States of American do solemnly swear to say "No" to anything the Democratic Party or any liberal derivation there of no matter how detrimental it will be to our constituency or America as a whole. This is our pledge to you the American people that the Republican Party is back stronger than ever and willing to do absolutely nothing whatsoever to serve you as a civilized society or a functioning national government."

    April 20, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. jackson

    Right, none will be "forced" to sign it, but, if they don't sign it, watch their RNC funding dry up, as well as their endorsements from the party faithful.

    That is the problem with the party. They are too busy trying to dictate behavior to their members instead of trying to work on getting any REAL work done.

    And oh yeah, compare it to the "Contract With America"...that was such a successful contract, wasn't it?

    April 20, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. key

    Is this contract about helping solve problems coming up with solutions all I hear is we want to be in power. Because from 1994 until know according to President Bush the GOP went on a spending bing.

    April 20, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. cryUncle

    What's going to be in this pledge? To work for deregulation of all major sectors of the business world? Let free enterprise reign untrammeled? A new golden age or should I say Gilded Age. A vow to be "pro-life" while loosening gun laws so that AK 47s can be bought and sold without those burdensome restrictions?

    What we need is another progressive era. People need to read their history books before they're revised.

    April 20, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. Peter E

    They'd better get crancking on it. I hear it took them months to come up with their own alternative health care bill... which turned out to be a 3 page outline, and mostly just copied from Obama's plan.

    April 20, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. Cheri, Columbia, SC

    Ha! It will be interesting, since Republicans couldn't seem to keep the first "Contract with America". I highly doubt this will fly and people will see it for the political trick it is.

    April 20, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. carlos

    that they would have to be pure and virgin.....therefore, not one ot those repulsives will be qualified to sign it......hehehehe

    April 20, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. carlos

    40 seats????? we have not launched a space craft to mars yet, but this guy looks and sounds as if he is been there already.........40 seats......fellow LIBERALS please take note, can we erase 40 repulsives from congress????.....YES WE CAN and YES WE WILL...say it loud and often, it will be bitter once again for the gopluntzers ditto heads

    April 20, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  25. m smith

    The last blueprint put us in the toilet. If they have ideas lets hear them now. What a crock.

    April 20, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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