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

House GOP campaign blueprint unveiled

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="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. Ender

    HA!! The party of no ideas comes back with an old one.

    This newest "Contract with America" is as much a sham as the old one was.

    They promiss not to continue to do more of what they always complain about the Democrats doing.

    The republicnas have grown government far more than the Dems have. The Republicans have used deficit spending far more than the Dems have. They complain about breaking the constitution after breaking it themselves. They have passed bills to send our jobs to other nations (NAFTA, CAFTA) so that a small handfull of rich Americans can become incredibly rich Americans and the rest of us can be desperate for work.

    I have absolutly NO faith in the republican party what so ever.

    May 25, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Bill from GA

    This is really lame: "Tell us what you want to hear and we'll say it".

    Sorta like when W was going to pay down the National Debt, fix Social Security, and cut taxes.

    Unfortunately, lots of people will believe them.

    May 25, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. jilli

    What's next for the republicans, a reality tv show to select their next presidential nominee?

    May 25, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. katiec

    After eight years of spending like there was no tomorrow, ignoring the American people, the republicans are now interested in our thoughts??
    This irresponsible, hypocritical partty of obstruction will try anything to win.
    They cannot seem to realize that intelligent voters can see through their phoniness, party, big business first, mentallity.

    May 25, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Aint nobody speaking out...except the tea baggers a.ka. Bushie loyals. Sorry America wants to move on and not regress to the Bush tyranny.

    May 25, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. brad

    Sorry but this is a lame idea. Done once before. Original then. Not now. And they did'n't even stick with it. Purely political sound bites. Please start contributing real thoughts. Real ideas. Real debates. Whether I agree or not. I like each side to challenge each other. Keep each sides on their toes. All I see now is fear of disagreeing with Rush, Beck, Tea Party, Palin. Quite frankly very disturbing. This isn't to say the Dems are good either. Seeing some things popping up that concern me as well but the topic for this thread is this blueprint. Why wait. Voice your contribution today while we need them.

    May 25, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. GI Joe

    It's just another way to get people's email and other personal information.

    Republican contracts on America have never worked, and never will.

    ha ha ha ha ha hahaha ha

    May 25, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. JD in Moraga, CA

    The beauty of the approach is that the GOP leadership can make up whatever they please and say "based on your responses, this is what America wants!" Somehow, coincidentally, it will be a line-by-line condemnation of the current Administration. Funny how that works.

    May 25, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. rs

    I think the Republican strategy ought to be to do something, anything so that they can ditch the "party of No" nomenclature and appear even vaguely relevant again.

    May 25, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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