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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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. RTB

    Another pack of untruths, impossible promises, hypocritical accusations, statements to mislead, obnoxious meanderings and smoke screen tactics to fool some of the people.

    It is precisely the first "contract with America" that Newt Gingrich sold to America which got us into this economic mess to begin with.

    The second time around is even more ridiculous.

    The Republicans are holding up real progress it is time to vote in more real Democrats.

    April 20, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. L

    I believe it's called putting lipstick on a pig.

    The idea of purity tests by any euphemism is an insult to political parties.

    At the very least, it's one more move to alienate the moderate centrists.

    April 20, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. MikeH

    We the corrupt and venal Republicans pledge to finish destroying the Democratic Republic of America and replace it with a facist theocratic plutocracy.

    We pledge to bring back the inquisition, to burn witches and heretics, to banish all infidels, save those who will be our slaves and housekeepers.

    Yea we will bring back slavery and indentured servitude for it is written thus in the bible and it is good for profit margins.

    Concern for the welfare of the masses, the middle (loser) class, their childrens education will be abandoned as evil socialism and bad for profit margins.

    This we Republicans pledge to do.

    April 20, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. Cynthia - Arkansas

    If the American people are fooled again by the Republicans, shame on them! These are the same people who almost destroyed this country. All they do is lie and rely on Fox, Palin, Rush and the rest to spread those lies even further.

    April 20, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. call me crazy

    Seriously. The republicans should this time to show people that they can do something other than vote no on everything. Actions speak louder than words or any contract.

    April 20, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. TonyInLargo

    The first thing they need to commit to is to expand their one word vocabulary of "no". They also need to put into their vocabulary the words negotiation, compromise, average, American, first, legislate, to, protect, workers, savings, handled, by, Wall, Street.

    April 20, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Will this be something like Floridians not being allowed to run for office as Republicans unless they swear loyalty to the Republican Party? Sounds unAmerican to me!

    April 20, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. FactCheck

    Yeah, the new campaign is going to be based on a steady stream of lies, falsifications and utterly ridiculous statements that will appeal heartily to their Fox News constituents.

    April 20, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Save the paper Mr. Sessions, this isn't 1994 it's the 21st century and paper has been replaced with technology.

    April 20, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Will

    They really named it "Contract with America?" Ugh. Nothing like pandering

    April 20, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. R. King

    Remember how effective the Contract with America was in 1994? Not very. Actions speak louder than words.

    April 20, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. Lando

    1. You must be white..
    2. You must not cooperate with Democrats and pledge to be an
    obstuctionist.
    3. You must lie and distort truth.
    4. You should consider party first before the people..
    Tha's all...You are now a Republiban...

    April 20, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Kenneth of Minneapolis

    ....and this idea was first floated around by the Communications Wing of the GOP, Sean Hannity.

    April 20, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. Mickey, NY

    Another "Contract On America"? What will the GOP think of next?

    And I thought the GOP abandoned their Hitler-esque Purity Pledge? Any Republican politician who signs this is committing political suicide.

    Holy crap...You can't make this stuff up if you tried...

    April 20, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. EX-SC Pub

    NO! Don't wait until after Labor day! THE WHOLE WORLD is waiting with great anxiousness! Please, share it now!

    Republican answer: O.K., here it is... "NO!"

    April 20, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Pam Eugene,OR

    It does not matter what they sign. They will still be lying, cheating fearmongers. What will Rush and company have to talk about when they can't spew hate if the Republican can take control.

    April 20, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. Turn Texas Blue

    Another Texas scumbag we have to get rid of.They work for everyone except the people here.

    April 20, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. Ryan

    Is the working title of this contract called " A Deal With The Devil"?

    It will be a piece of paper of bad ideas that isn't legally binding first of all. Second, if the candidates in November need a collective game plan drafted by thier entire party then that tells me they expect us to vote for sheep, not individual thinkers or people with leadership.

    Notice how they never cared to offered us up a contract during a non-election year out of goodwill? Will this contract have a pledge against obstructionism? Doubtful.

    April 20, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  19. Carmelle

    If this doesn't show how stupid Republicans think their the voters are, I don't know what does.

    WHAT HAPPENED SINCE THE LAST CONTRACT?

    And they are not even creative to come up with a different scam. Just lipstick on the snake.

    April 20, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  20. Jin

    A radically right wing litmus test, no doubt.

    April 20, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  21. Former Republican

    Republicans why don't you pledge to help find solutions instead of obstructing everything that will help our country. Pledge term limits for yourselves so we can elect people that really want to help the country.

    April 20, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. chris

    Does it involve being inclusive or exclusively White, Christian, homophobic, coal/oil drilling, birther, no wall street regulation, no healthcare, tax the poor and cut taxes on the rich, allow Gitmo and offshore accounts, fiscally conservative spending at mens clubs, making enemies of neighbors and military attacks on enemies instead of diplomatic solutions??

    April 20, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Sounds like a bait and switch gimmick...watch his nose grow like Pinnochio the minute he signs it.

    April 20, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  24. Nobody Special

    If only the Democrats were so well organized.....

    April 20, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. bennie new york

    "Encouraged and not forced" in GOP-speak means "sign on or lose your financing."

    April 20, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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