September 26th, 2010
12:52 PM ET
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'Pledge to America' is first step, says Republican lawmaker

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.

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    This sounds like the early 90's all over again. "we learned from the past" "we will listen to the public" Blah Blah Blah. Just more reasons to vote against them.
    No specifics just a to do list. It is easy to say create jobs, cut taxes reform health care. I NEED SPECIFICS.

    September 26, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Justintime

    "This isn't the Republican platform," ok. Whatever it is isn't kosher. Dems spend, sure. Investing is spending. We have to spend. The key is on what. Tax cut or our countries infrastructure. I'm not in the mood to be laugh at by the rest of the world because our infrastructure (roads, education system [25th in the world], health systems, etc) are in shamble while we are giving tax cut to corporations that export our jobs. don't want to be laugh at because we vote against our own interest. R's- No Thanks.

    September 26, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. USA 1

    They're pledging to cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires.

    They're pledging to roll back regulations on big oil and Wall Street.

    They're pledging to strike down rules reining in the credit card lenders and the insurance companies.

    They're pledging to increase the deficit by trillions of dollars.

    Their agenda is a windfall for the folks spending millions to put them back in power - the lobbyists, the big corporations, and the special interests.

    September 26, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. anthony

    Republicans may complain about the runaway spending under Democrats, but the truth is that the recession and the continuation of some Bush-era policies under Obama caused most of the deficit. The government will spend 130 billion in 2011 on the stimulus. Only 70 billion will be spent on the stimulus after 2011. As for the health care bill, the bill's price tag, 940 billion, is over 10 years, so the average cost is 94 billion per year. Most of the the health care bill will not be implemented until 2014, so it has little effect on the current deficit. If Republicans want to cut the deficit, they will have to go after spending started by Bush and continued by Obama: the Bush tax cuts, the wars in Iraq (we still have troops there) and Afghanistan, and Medicare Part D. Restoring spending to the 2008 level won't work because tax revenues are no longer at the 2008 level. In the 2009 budget that Bush submitted to Congress (the 2009 fiscal year started on October 1, 2008, when Bush was still president), he projected a 2009 deficit of 400 billion. Because his projection of tax revenues in 2009 was off by 600 billion (the actual tax receipts were 2.1 trillion instead of 2.7 trillion), and spending on the wars was not included in the budget, the 2009 deficit was 1.2 trillion before Obama had a chance to do anything.

    September 26, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. vic, Nashville TN

    “Pledge to America” Some tea party members didn’t like it even GOP use tea party terms
    What GOP didn’t want to do from 2000 to 2006 now in “Pledge to America” So “Pledge to America” gift for democrats

    I don’t know what GOP is thinking

    September 26, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Daryl Love

    What Americans are the Republican party speaking to? I hear fear mongering again. Also, why is The Republican party unable to admit that President George W Bush and his administration, initiated the situation we're in now?
    Very sad, I don't see either party making any statements that show they are comitted to the real American people.

    September 26, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    It is the first step.
    First add to the deficit with tax cuts. then the repeal of the current healthcare package only to reinstate it under thier name ( so says theri pledge) add to military spending, cut medicare and medicaid no chance of Don't ask don't tell going away and they're are just beginning!
    READ FOR YOURSELF what they are proposing, do not rely on the media. And be careful what you ask for- you may just get it

    September 26, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. michael MN

    What ever – just a fancy slogan with NO IDEAS to acomplish any of it
    Try fullfilling your Contract with America first – you know the one like 16 years ago that you did not do one thing on that

    September 26, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Pastor Eddie Long sure does love him some hipocrisy

    "Never trust a preacher with more than one $300 suit."
    Late comedian Lenny Bruce

    September 26, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. King

    I am tired of these repugs and baggers always defending these gigantic corporations that the american taxpayers bail out from the debts of the abiss. Every time obama ask them to help the people out with jobs, the repugs calls him anti business so the corporations dont feel obligated to give back to the people so they will always keep holding on to their money even with repugs in cmgress, on the side line because they have the republican attack dogs on their side.

    September 26, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Carol L

    I think they got it wrong with over 90 percent of Americans leading middle class homes. There are still still many unemployed slipping into poverty. I would think investments in jobs would be the majority of Americans concern. Choosing to ignore that fact does not make it untrue or that people are not concern with the job problems. Giving tax breaks to the rich has not stopped this economy from going into a recession, why do they think the American people are so stupid to think that it would now.

    September 26, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Carol L

    I think we have heard enough about the rep Pledge to America bull to know that it will do nothing but the same to hurt those struggling to keep their jobs. You have to invest to create jobs. Once you start cutting in a weak economy you will cause a back lash. People will stop spending as they will be afraid that they will lose their jobs due to cuts. Do anyone think this is a good strategy for America at this crucial time?

    September 26, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Dodd Naiser

    Whether R or D...every American needs to know those leading our country are going to LEAD. Leadership starts with the fundamentals. The Constitution, Balanced Books...life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness need to be top priorities. I like the Pledge as a start!!

    September 26, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Peggy Graham

    If the Republicans really want to change Congress, they should do the Following: 1) ALL CANDIDATES SHOULD CALL FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT LIMITING THE PRESIDENT, SENATORS, AND REPRESENTATIVES TO ONE 6 YEAR TERM.
    2) THEIR PAY SHOULD BE LIMITED TO THE RATE OF INFLATION.
    3) THERE SHOULD BE A CAP ON THE NUMBER OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING SUB-CONTRACTORS AND CONSULTANTS. THE SUB-CONTRACTORS AND CONSULTANTS SHOULD BE REDUCED BY 5% PER YEAR.
    4) IF A NEW FEDERAL WORKER IS NEEDED, ONE FEDERAL WORKER SHOULD HAVE TO GO.
    THIS OUGHT TO GET ANY CANDIDATE ON THE TALK SHOWS BY THE NEXT DAY.
    CANDIDATES WILL GET A LOT OF DEMOCRATIC VOTES. THEY ARE SICK OF THE SAME OLD CRAP IN DC, REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT. WHY SHOULD TAXPAYERS PAY THESE JOKERS TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION?

    September 26, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. ron

    The plague to America, deny sick children health Insurance, and put overseas children back in our sweat shops.

    September 26, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. T'SAH from Virginia

    Do you mean the "Pledge to NOwhere???" That Pledge?

    ["I just think the fact that we have this pledge, it is positive, it's constructive," Rodgers told Crowley.]

    How can NOthing be 'constructive'??? The RepubliCAN'Ts put something on a piece of paper and then campaign that 'it's just a start' and 'more is coming'... BUT, if there is NOthing on the paper in the first place – how can MORE of 'something' come???

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!! The RepubliCAN'Ts are speaking with a FORK TONGUE!!! They are scattered everywhere with NO true foundation. And if they claim they have a foundation – it's the Tea Party brought to you by BECKy, Limbaugh, the PA'IN, Bachmann, ginGRINCH, Hannity, Miller, O'Donnell, Paul, Palladino, daMINTYnotFRESHness, CHENgang, etc

    DEMS – get it together or you will LOSE in November!!! Campaign on your accomplishments because the Republicans are using what we have achieved thus far and trying to OWN IT – mainly Health Care Reform!!

    Dang – get it together Democrats!!! This is T'SAH from Virginia – the Original – and I approve this message!!

    September 26, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. anthony

    Democrats, don't cave on the Bush tax cuts. If you cave in to Republicans and extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone, you are not going to be able to repeal the tax cuts in a year or two because of the presidential election that is coming up in 2012. The rich will get the tax cuts, and the government will be stuck with the 3.8 trillion price tag, which will mean certain future tax increases for everyone down the road. What is more, Republicans will blame you for the huge deficits which the Bush tax cuts will cause, even though they want the tax cuts. Let Republicans filibuster the bill that will extend the Bush tax cuts for people making less than $250,000 a year. If the whole Bush tax cuts expire because Republicans insist that the rich keep their tax cuts, then Republicans will be punished in the next election. Remember that the government shutdown actually helped Clinton. What is more, Republicans will have to explain why the deficit will go down dramatically when the Bush tax cuts expire. The voters will learn that the Bush tax cuts are the primary reason that we have a huge deficit.

    September 26, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. mary

    That's a good way to stall and avoid the real issues

    September 26, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Rob in MO

    The first step towards government tyranny: Governmnet forcing women to continue unwanted pregnancies against their will, government telling you that you cannot marry the person you love and want to commit to for life, government telling you what you cannot see or read, government spying on Americans, Government imprisoning American citizens indefinitely without trial, government indoctrinating children about creationism and other nonsense. No, not the first step; tyranny is what they advocate. Please Americans, pay attention to these dangerous politicians. They are out to take our freedom.

    September 26, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Keith Sillsbury

    That's all good and all but its the programs that we need are the ones you want to cut. Free trader is the biggest loser for the American people and American jobs. Let's make it fair trade instead. Tax products coming into the country to where it wouldn't matter where its made, here at home, in a third world slave market like china or the U.K. Where the pound out paces the dollar at 1.6 to 1. That would save and create jobs, lower the deficit and make you repubs look like you knew what your talking about.

    September 26, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. John

    It just the same old stuff out of REPUBLICAN,worry about BIG BUSINESS<WALL STREET AND THE VERY RICH and the hell with the middle class and the very poor. Their real PLEDGE TO AMERICA should be 8 more years as it was under PRESIDENT BUSH. Wake up AMERICA people don't believe the REPUBLICAN,SARAN PALIN and the TEA PARTY. all they said are lies. The REPUBLICAN PARTY don't even know who running the party the PUBLLICAN or SARAN PALIN or the TEA PARTY so how can they run AMERICA.

    September 26, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. oskar

    Cap it, freeze it, line their pockets... Ya'll forget they're politicians and they don't work for you. Wanna make the rich richer? Go for it!!

    September 26, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Peter s

    "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." Did you just said a change in the Republican party or a forced changed by the tea party movement ?. All in all there is no change because the pleadge was written by a lobbyist for the lobbyists by the lobbyists. Thats a change which surely makes me shiver with fear of whats next?

    September 26, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. a in austin

    Where are the jobs? What's the plan? Same old, same old....Congress has been working on these issues and your only answer is NO. R's have done nothing other than to hold the American people hostage the past 2 years. They have nothing to offer Middle Class Americans.

    September 26, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. kakaraka

    I don't understand the republican party. Public hiring is not a job creation? Job is a job whatever it comes from public sector, government, or private sector. These idiot republicans wanting to stop public hiring are stupid and disgusting. Vote the GOP out American. The republican party becomes too extreme and radicals that American can't afford.

    September 26, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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