May 5th, 2010
02:28 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP about to go online with 'Commitment to America'

California Rep. Kevin McCarthy is leading the 'Commitment to America' online effort.
California Rep. Kevin McCarthy is leading the 'Commitment to America' online effort.

Washington (CNN) - Remember the 1994 "Contract with America" that propelled Republicans back into the majority of the House of Representatives with its author Newt Gingrich as their speaker?

Well, 16 years later, it's back to the future - the GOP is again drafting a blueprint designed to take back control of Congress. But this time, it is looking for authors everywhere, and if you want help write the 2010 GOP "Commitment to America," you can take out your iPhone or BlackBerry and point your browser to a new GOP website coming soon.

House Republicans are teaming up with what they call a "major U.S. software giant" to hold an interactive discussion with people wherever and whenever they want to talk, blog or tweet.

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  1. Montanan

    If recycling Newt Gingrich succeeds, then Americans are just a bunch of easily duped dummies who deserve what they get: Screwed and tattooed. Again. Remember history or be doomed to repeat it.

    May 5, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    I have something you guys can put in your agreement.....how about stop saying NO to everything the president offers and at least come up with a decent alternative/ Even Newt says you can't govern by just saying no and doing nothing in return. And also stop frowning all the time...your face is going to freeze that way. Looks like Bohner's already has.

    May 5, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Molly Weasley

    The GOP's "Commitment" is nothing more than "Let's drag our feet and try to kill everything President Obama tries to do to help the country just to get back into power."

    That's a commitment the country can do without.

    May 5, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. BLKMAN

    OK..............................but take a real GOOD look at what the GOP will truly offer American's..........................................that would be NO-thing. BTW: If American's really wanted to know what the GOP'ers can offer this country take a good look at the past 9-years. GOP'ers = ONLY FOR THE WEALTHY.

    May 5, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Jaywing

    I thought the GOP already had a commitment - a commitment to "HELL NO to America". Actually, I'm thinking the 'Commitment to America' you have as the by-line is a misprint. Is CNN positively sure that's what they said? Are you sure it wasn't "HELL NO to America"? I mean, that's got to be the logical conclusion. Please CNN, make a better effort of listening to what the GOP says and then report it accurately.

    May 5, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Libertarian

    Are they going to post their commitment to repealing the "Miranda act"?
    Seriously, GW passes the Patriot Act and now they are pushing to circumvent Miranda???!?!?!? And they say Obama is subverting the Constitution?!?!?

    REALLY???

    May 5, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    THE COMMITMENT OF AMERICA is what they should call it because the present day GOP is full of crazies and extremists who do not recognize middle ground.

    People who stubbornly insist on MY WAY OR NO WAY are generally thought to be NUTS!

    May 5, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Pam, Eugene, OR

    They have made this promise before and lied about it then as they will be lying about this time.
    Fool me once shame on you
    Fool me twice shame on me
    Sorry, but I don't buy this! The paryt of NO is terrifed they will not regain control and are willing to promise anything to get it back.
    Never again

    May 5, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. D.

    We need "commitment to America and her values" to counter the fuzzy "change" that is fundamentally a-American, and even boarders at being anti-American and is somewhat dangerous, being padded with a lot of smoke screen political correctness.

    May 5, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. HJA

    First it was "Contract on".....(I mean for) America" and now "Commitment to America". I think it should just be "The Committed" or maybe "Those Who Should Be Committed".

    May 5, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. John in Brooklyn

    Its sad, ironic, yet no surprise that the GOP is deperately seeking the public's input on ideas for their new platform. They are lockstep in their efforts to say "NO"...without a single set of clearly articulate solutions to the urgent issues that this country is facing.

    What is the GOP stand on handling the war in Iraq? Silence.

    What is the GOP solution to the increasing tensions in the Middle East and the nuclear capability of Iran? Their rhetoric stops at.."Iran is bad"...but what to do about them...who knows?

    What is the GOP answer to balancing the dependence on foreign oil versus the environmental devestation we're seeing in Louisiana? Umm.... Drill, Baby, Drill?

    What is their solution to the banking crisis? A bailout (their position in 2008) but no bailout (their apparent position in 2010).

    What is their position on economic stimulus to get people back to work? They're all for jobs...but not if it costs anything to create them.

    Bottom line....the GOP is inconsistent, contradiicts itself, or is silent on virtually every major issue. No wonder they're looking for the American public to tell them what they should think.

    May 5, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Barbara Independent in NY

    If this commitment is anything like the 2000-2008 commitment, they can keep it. And speaking of 2000-2008, if the American people put the party of NO back in office, we should be "committed".

    May 5, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. BADGER

    The contract with America didn't work either, so let's just recycle with a new name. How stupid are people that they continue to fall for the same BS. Both parties are full of crap, pro gun republican's wrote the Patroit Act which allows the gov't to take your guns. Have you ever seen any legislation to fix abortions, Democrats are always saying how much their for the working man, Clinton signed the free trade act which cost us most of our jobs to china.
    It's plain to see that the oil companies have all the clout with oil spill, only have to pay 75 million, the ceo's get more than that for a bonus.
    People the gov't is suppose to provide services to and for the People, not some corporation or political party. What America needs is for more moderates to be elected that can work together for the greater good of the people. These hard core right and lefts will wreck this country if they already haven't. We need a gov't that will protect the people.

    May 5, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Derrick

    This plan will not work.

    The entire country has seen what a "Republican Committment" means.

    Republican Committment Includes but not limited to:

    Special Interests
    Bigotry and Bondage Strip Clubs
    Economic Depression
    Dismantling of Health Care for all
    Dismantling of the Public Education System
    Deregulation of Wall Street (advocates of white collar criminals)
    Ignoring the US Constitution
    HUGE Government Spending
    Trillion Dollar Deficits
    Recessions
    Job Losses
    Crime
    Welfare

    The list can go on but I think the American people already know ALL of this!

    Nice try, GOP. Do us all a favor and disappear!

    May 5, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Jim

    Nothing but a load of hog wash, just as before. The republicans are for Wall Street crooks, big greed mongering banks and environmental disaster. No thanks.

    May 5, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Every

    Here is what GOP committment to America should look like! GOP admits, the stimulus bill has stoped the bleeding of this economy and brought it back from the precipice of collapse, where repuglicans left it! GOP admits repuglicans will support spending trillions of dollars on a War that was started on lies and deceit; and the reward for Americans is loss of over 4 thousand lives and 50,000 severe injuries, but they will not spend 1 trillion on healthcare! GOP admits under their leadership, they did not pay for nothing during 8 years of Bush administration, and left 8 trillion deficit and 1.3 trillion yearly deficit! GOP also will admit, they spent or squandered Billions of the surplus left them by Bill Clinton; left 2 Wars, @ nuclear Conflicts, Wall Street, Banking, Mortgage, Auto, Education, and Healthcare crisis! GOP's committment to America is partisan politics will stop, and Tea Party affiliations will be severed! GOP will admit President Obama is keeping this nation safe and secure! GOP Committs to telling the truth without political incendiary references to President Obama!

    May 5, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. BeverlyNC

    Oh that's hilarious!

    Commitment to America to do what? Tell more lies, spread more hate and fear, pass racist laws in AZ and other Republican states, repeal healthcare that the majority of Americans wanted, stand against the average working family and with all the abusive corporations that have ruined our economy, our health, our retirement plans, and now Republicans are standing behind the lying BP oil company on how they are not responsible for the Gulf oil disaster.

    Thanks but no thanks. I will stay with President Obama who is intelligent, knows how to lead, has brought our country back from Republican disaster, has reestablished diplomatic relations with our Allies to make us safer, has handled every terror try brilliantly, and is a good decent man who cares about the American People and , for once, has the government standing up for YOU and I and not abusive corporations. Every piece of legislation passed by the Democrats (and the Democrats alone) has been focused on us, bettering our lives, and protecting us from the corporations the Republicans bow to and take bribes from.

    The last thing we need is any more Republicans in Washington. Have they caused enough disasters this years? How many more does President Obama have to clean up and how many more do we have to endure and pay for?

    Republicans are traitors to the People. A "commitment to America" – yea, don't fall for that old stale plan introduced years ago that was a complete and total failure. Never trust a Republican.

    May 5, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. bobden

    Where was the GOP's commitment to America from January 1995 to January 2007?

    May 5, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. DawnL/CA

    Well, we saw what the GOP's committment to America was during the 8 years of Bush/Cheney. I don't ever want to do that again. Also, saw their committment to America during the last year where they did nothing but say "no". We don't pay them to sit on their duffs & do nothing. Either get in the game or get out.

    May 5, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    Well God Bless their little hearts, here we go again. If I remember correctly, the first one didn't go so well, for America, that is. Worked out great for the GOP for a really long time. Funny how that works. Things that work out well for the GOP don't work out well for America. Why is that?

    May 5, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. dc

    The Republican Party is over ran by the far right wing, which is out of touch with middle america. Too many nuts!

    May 5, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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