May 25th, 2010
09:08 AM ET
8 years ago

House GOP campaign blueprint unveiled

Rep. Mike Pence appeared Tuesday on CNN’s American Morning to talk about a new Republican initiative being announced later in the day.

Rep. Mike Pence appeared Tuesday on CNN’s American Morning to talk about a new Republican initiative being announced later in the day.

Washington (CNN) - House Republican leaders are drafting a blueprint similar to the 'Contract with America' that will lay out policy items they will pursue if they win back control of the House in November.

The twist, however, is that they are inviting constituents to let them know what issues they want the House members to focus on.

The lawmakers expect to release more details of the "America Speaking Out" initiative at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday morning.

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"As we raise the curtain today on we'll say yes, we have principles built on fiscal responsibility, strong defense, values, limited government," said Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana on CNN's American Morning. "But we believe the best ideas, the best articulation of those principles comes from Americans and so as we build a governing agenda for this Congress, and we want to be listening to the American people which is a pretty new idea in the last year and a half here on Capitol Hill."

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In addition to meetings, the initiative will reportedly have a social-networking component: a website where citizens can earn points by suggesting ideas and others can vote on them.

"This is a state of the art - what my kids would say 'really cool' - social networking site where people can put up ideas, other people can rate them, score them, thumbs up, thumbs down, it's really going to be a lot of fun for people and it's going to help us develop the governing agenda for this Congress," added Pence, chairman of the Republican Conference and a possible contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Republican officials say they hope to release a final document on their party's agenda in September, two months prior to the November midterm elections. Republicans need to win back 39 House seats from the Democrats to regain control of the chamber, which they lost in the 2006 elections.

The Republican Party released its 'Contract with America' during the 1994 Congressional election campaign. It outlined the actions the party would take if it became the majority party in the House - which it did.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to report.

Filed under: 2010 • GOP • House
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. David Johnston

    You don't have any of your own ideas.

    May 25, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. haren

    Before wall street speculator and Republican who wish Obama to fail kill this economy on the fear of Europe, I need Obama to address the nation, that USA's economy is not in danger and US corporation will be on the Virge of making profit.
    Do you think that Europe is going to allow Greece to go bankrupt?
    Like Germany USA should also ban Short selling of stock.

    May 25, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. Linda

    They need to set up a web-site to hear what their constituents want them to do?

    Do they not listen to their constituents in their districts and/or states?

    Get a clue Republicans, your are chasing your tails!

    May 25, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    What could be more 'fun' for republicans, than to find out what they should stand for. The small government thing did not work, the less government did not work on women's reproductive rights, telling people that Obama's tax cut was not a tax cut did not work, standing on the side of big insurance against Americans did not work, being the party of war and trying to sell pro life did not work, standing with Wall Street against taxpayers did not work, and finally, family values and sex clubs did not work, and finally, lying about everything did not work.

    May 25, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. mike

    what blue print thats the best joke of the day lets face it the only reason
    why they are doing this is because they are running out of money
    they counted on being the party of no and that has failed then they
    tried to take control of the tea party but with randy and Palin they
    are to loose cannons now then are looking for a new twist but what
    ever the voters say they are not going to listen to because there
    core base is not going to let them its just another way to generate
    money that they don't have remember one thing you are on the
    bottom of the food chain to them

    May 25, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. Jeff

    In other words ¨Tell us what to do, we´ve got nothing¨.

    May 25, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. lil

    Dont believe this man. Remember the 8 loooooooooooooog Bush, Chaney years and how awful they were. They are lying to you. Dont trust them. Be very afraid of them. Remember the contract of America and what happened with that. I sure do. These are not very trust worthy people.

    May 25, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. BillE

    Their plan will the same as always. They will just keep saying NO. I'm not in love with the current admin but at least they are trying sometthing. What has the GOP done except attack, say no, and tie up the works for the last year and a half. It's cbvious that the only thing they want to do as a group is thwart any and all progress by the Obama admin. Nothing is any different.

    May 25, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Sgt. USMC

    Should have thought about that when bush was in office. You just can't ALL OF A SUDDEN decide you want to listen to your constituents. Your desperation is showing repubs. By the way, stop spending so much, you are starting to look like a bunch of liberals and it's giving the Democrats a bad name.

    May 25, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. tony

    So, Republicans want to run on fiscal responsibility. How about paying back the 8 trillion dollars in national debt from the last three Republican presidents?

    May 25, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. Dano

    Gone are the days when our leaders led. Now it's been replaced with majority rules politics and pandering to the lowest common denominator. Why do we even need representatives any more? If this is the way it's going to be lets save a ton of money and just go to a total democracy where every person gets 1 vote. At least it would get the corporations out of making the decisions for our country.

    May 25, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Susan

    Why do the Republicans feel they have to make these contracts with America......if they were voted in to office they already have a contract with their voters to do the job that they were voted in to do......all these contracts are just words on paper that they will not follow......if they don't win back the majority in November what happens to their contract to Americans then.......More of the same from the Party of NO NO NO.........

    May 25, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. RAG

    Remember how the GOP cried and wailed accusing President Clinton of "governing by opinion poll"? Remember? The GOP is hoping that you won't..

    In actuality, Bill didn't. They will try, because these lobbyist controlled, country club overclass boobs have no idea of what to lie to the American public about in the propoganda they will use to try to seize power again.

    May 25, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Arnie

    How about the Blue Print to get us out of the Mess they out us in?

    May 25, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. sonny chapman

    Sounds like a Madison Ave. , slick, sales/snow job. Started in1968 by Nixon, along w/his "Southern Strategy".

    May 25, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    How will this be considered in comparison to policy experts that think differently? The public may have one view, but it could be impossible to implement (or dangerous and pointless). Public imput is great, but it must be tempered with what could happen and who it affects.

    May 25, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Mary

    We do this in smaller groups – this will bring it together and possibly ??? get America back on track +++ ...

    May 25, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. MrEZ

    I have a request for the GOP. Get out of America. Thank you.

    May 25, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. doug

    The GOP should ask Americans if they want for our country what un-checked complete Democrat rule has done for our lib cities.

    Do they want their children killed in the streets, their daughters and wives raped, do they want to robbed at gunpoint, do they want to not know if they will live another day everytime they get behind the wheel of their car.

    All of these things are the result of Democrats. If there were no Democrats in America, the crime/murder/theft/rape rate in America would drop at the very least 95%. Not all libs are narcisissts, haters, murderers, and criminals, but all of the above mentioned are lib Democrats.

    America deserves better, and we will get it if we just accept the reality of what a Democrat truly is.

    May 25, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Alley-fl

    Aren't they Republicans, part of the establishment, confusing when you are telling people one sided views, please do a little soul searching before you go out and start another Karl Rove on us. We are not all that stupid ya'll!

    May 25, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Four and The Door

    ...and we want to be listening to the American people which is a pretty new idea in the last year and a half here on Capitol Hill."
    A new and welcome idea. The Democratic administration and congress have been asking other questions," What can we legally and procedurally get away with and how much can we raise the limit on national debt?". They have been listening to their lawyers, not the American people.

    May 25, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. Lisa

    yes, pretty new idea,

    unfortunately your principleas are as old as neanterthals.

    you can put lipstick on a know.

    what a bunch of morons.!!

    May 25, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. Incredulous

    Memo to GOP – As actions speak louder than words, especially in politics, we fully understand your blueprint. You are for big oil, for big business, against regulation, for the American taxpayer always having to step up and foot the bill when the greediest in our society cause ruin to others, and you have no ideas except a a bankrupt ideology that says lower taxes, American only for Americans (whatever that means), patriotism (which means lets get into some small scale wars so we can feed our friends in the defense industry to the tune of one trillion dollars a year while the working class gets to go to war and GOP kids go to the Ivy League). Our answer is just say "No" , like you have done for the last two years.

    May 25, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. Teena

    The United States is a REPUBLIC–which by definition votes on representatives to do just that! The representatives' job is to -REPRESENT their constituents. I can and should give voice to my views especially using the ballot box, but I do not have the time or the energy to perform my job and theirs.

    Just do your job of representing the PEOPLE and not the high priced LOBBYISTS with the deepest pockets.

    DO the job your were elected to do and stop playing POLITICS with the peoples' money!

    May 25, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. Gil

    I suppose the GOP (God Owful Party) will speak out with more No No No No and NO! Just right wing religous extremist nut cases!

    May 25, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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