Washington (CNN) - Republicans' "Pledge to America" plan released last week is the first step in starting a national dialogue, a Republican congresswoman told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday, when asked why the 21-page manifesto lacked specifics.
"This isn't the Republican platform," Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said on CNN's State of the Union. "This isn't everything the Republicans want to accomplish. These are the first steps, these are priority issues that we believe need to be addressed today."
Republicans have learned from their losses in recent years and have redoubled efforts to listen to voters, Rodgers said, adding that the GOP's new proposals reflect a change in the party.
"I just think the fact that we have this pledge, it is positive, it's constructive," Rodgers told Crowley. "And the Republicans did lose their way. They were spending too much, and we're recognizing that."
The pledge was the result of numerous listening sessions with voters in recent months, said Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn. She said voters are concerned about the national debt and balancing the budget–issues that could be addressed before the November elections.
"What we do is roll the spending back, cap it, freeze the federal hiring and then start working our way through," Blackburn said.
The "pledge" is just another warmed over version of stale disproven GOBPbagger ideas from the last three decades. Here's their new slogan: "If you liked the ditch we drove you into last time, you're gonna LOVE the canyon we're aiming for now!"
That's why they strung it out for 3 months and then acted like it was the most important document since the declaration of independence! I thought this was supposed to be IT but now it's just a start? How blatant can you get? Tell us what you want to hear us say and we will water it down and generalize it and call it our plan...unless you don't like it, then we'll call it something else.
Where in the pledge to America do they discuss how they will deal with illegal immigration? Earlier in the summer it was such a crisis with Republicans accusing President Obama of not doing his job and accusing Eric Holder of going after a state for doing the President's job and on and on and on, trying to demonize the President and accusing him of harming the country because he wasn't acting on this great crisis. Now in the Republican pledge to America, do they even mention illegal immigration? Where is McCain and Kyl on this? Why isn't it their number one concern?
Oh, my bad !! Their major concern is tax cuts and repealing EVERYTHING President Obama has done to help middle and lower income Americans. Illegal immigration must not be a crisis after all.
Every voter already understands the Republican plan lacks specifics because Republican strategy is to campaign against Obama by attacking his policies without proclaiming any of their own. It is this very dysfunctional strategy that will cost them dearly in upcoming elections. The GOP base is going to be shocked. The GOP believes their campaigning strategies of the past which worked for the Baby Boomer generation will work again. I've got news for them. Following generations of Baby Boomers aren't so gullable. Every Republican President upon his exit from office since Reagan (Bush 1 and Bush 2) departed office with record breaking deficits far surpassing Clinton because of Tax cut policies for the rich. So Republican's will never be specific about a plan. Otherwise, they would have to answer questions about why their tax policies have historically raised deficits and hurt the economy. They have no case to bring to the American people......except debt........