February 17th, 2010
07:22 PM ET
13 years ago

Gingrich touts new "Contract From America"

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/17/art.gingrich.file.gi.jpg caption="Newt Gingrich is touting a new "Contract From America."]Washington (CNN) – In 1994, Newt Gingrich and other Republican leaders convinced GOP candidates to sign the "Contract with America," a document of conservative principles that included a pledge the House would vote on these issues.

The contract provided GOP candidates with succinct talking points on the campaign trail – ideas that resonated with a restless electorate – and congressional Democrats were swept out of power that year.

Fast forward to 2010 and Gingrich is promoting a second contract, except the newest incarnation was not drafted by him, party officials or political insiders. The "Contract From America" was organized by the Tea Party Patriots, an organization that describes itself as an advocate for "grassroots-generated, crowd-sourced, bottom-up call for real economic conservative and good governance reform in Congress."

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The National Taxpayers Union, Regular Folks United and Liberty Central are part of this coalition of about 50 groups brought together by Tea Party Patriots that stand behind the new contract. It will be unveiled at Tea Party rallies on tax day, April 15.

Before it is revealed, the contract must be finalized, and Gingrich urged activists to help winnow the list of 22 policy initiatives under consideration to 10 by visiting the organization's Web site. The proposals range from "Demand a balanced budget" to "No more bailouts."

"It's not the handiwork of me or any public official," Gingrich said in his weekly e-mail column. "It is the genuine voice of the American people. Unlike the current political dynamic, in which the will of Washington is forced on America, this is the voice of America coming to Washington."

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  1. american patriot

    There will be NO contract unless it is written by WE THE PEOPLE.
    Based soley on the Laws of The United States Constitution.

    February 17, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. tim nyc

    I have an idea Newt– how about signing a contract with your fourth wife? Apparently the first 3 contracts didn't work out so well....and by the way Newt– Richard Reid is NOT an American citizen-he's British...you're a genius!

    THINK– it's patriotic!

    February 17, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. J.Crobuzon

    Yeah, because his last one didn't cause America to split into two warring camps while he cheated on his wife with a lobbyist. FAIL.

    February 17, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Vincent Petrosino

    "Tea Party" activists are not regular folks. The United States is populated by many diverse peoples not just older , white, rural, blue collar, unread, uneducated bigots. Gingrich attempts to rewrite history like his colleague Dick "Darth Vader" Cheney. Case in point: Gingrich stated on a talk show that Richard Reid, the Shoe Bomber, was mirandized like the would-be Christmas bomber from Nigeria because he was an American. Wrong! Richard Reid is a British citizen. So his point is lost when he complains about the "soft" treatment given the Christmas Day bomber by the Obama administration.

    February 17, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. notfooledbydistractions

    Sorry Newt, your partys performance makes this second "contract" kind of a joke. Or did the republican party suddenly have an epiphany and now they'll actually do what they say instead of the opposite as they have done in the past?

    Fool me once...

    February 17, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Tom in FL

    Republicans have lots of principles, they just don't follow them. Recycling failed strategies from 15 years ago is what Newt is all about these days. Of course, who else have they got? Sarah? Rush? Chaney? This is their problem.

    February 17, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. ED FL

    America BEWARE one half of the GOP Alley Cats is awake again. Just what we need GUILLIANI AND GINGRICH out prowling the streets and alley's for targets for playtime.Best thing for theavailable targets are that both are over the hill and not a real threat.

    February 17, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Ben in Texas

    No, no. Gingrich took out a contract ON America. He was the hit man for the right wing, and his ideas took us back a generation. He and his neo-thug buddies did nothing to slow the growth of government or reduce the national debt. Instead, they did what they are trying to do now: obstruct a Democratic president. They killed health care reform then, as they are trying to do now, and instead pumped up the military budget in order to enrich their corporate bosses. They lowered the bar for impeachment to sexual dalliance while Clinton was in office, and then drastically raise it so that Bush and Cheney could get away with literal murder with no consequences.

    Gingrich is a national disgrace. His contract has expired.

    February 17, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. ttbala


    How long do you think you can go on lying to people of America, making your candidates do or say things on the campaign trail that will never be their intention to carry on, we are wise people and we know your dirty tactics, so please shut up and go see if you can serve another set of divorce papers on someone in the hospital.

    February 17, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. SocialismBad

    The "contract" the American people had with the Dems is DONE. Out with the trash come November. Their arrogant, we know better what is best for you, attitude needs to GO!

    February 17, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. truth

    Gingrich, Cheney, McConnell, Boehner among other old out of touch Republicans need to sit down and shut up. Enough of these old timers.

    February 17, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Casey

    Does this version call for members to rail against and prosecute their oponents for their moral failings while hiding your own, or is it just implied?

    February 17, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Patriot

    Any time Gingrich and his fellow fascists get in power-it actually turns out to be a Contract ON America!

    February 17, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. rs

    That was predictable. So is the next GOPAC memo telling Republicans how to describe their political opponents as less-than-human, and to lie like mad on any topic that makes them look bad, and vote against anything Obama wants- even if it was their idea in the first place. Has anyone told the Republicans they need new blood? They are a metaphorical Lincoln Town Car- an automobile whose customers for which are rapidly dying off.

    February 17, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. frank

    I just dont understand n gingrich, if he realy cared for the american people, why dont he try to put the dems and repubs together and try to put this country together. why so much hate; the people need you now; mr gingrich. not when its to late. united we stand; divided we fall.

    February 17, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Mr. Moderate

    The original Contract on America was nothing more that a superficial marketing strategy. Yes they did vote on most of the issues, but they did nothing to try to get them passed into law and for the most part they faded away. And how many of those signers broke their promise to limit their terms?

    February 17, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Mickey, NY

    The dinosaur resurrects the Contract On America...how timely.

    February 17, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. get real

    How many contracts, declarations, purity tests do these clowns need? They all have the same goal, to kill free thought and expression in the United States of America.

    February 17, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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