Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America” helped propel Republicans to a sweeping electoral victory in U.S. House elections in 1994. Gingrich hopes his new “21st Century” edition of the contract will do the same for his presidential hopes. The former House Speaker unveiled his new plan in Des Moines on Thursday.
Gingrich’s presentation was well received by a non-partisan crowd of 350 at Principal Financial Group’s corporate headquarters. When he asked the crowd how many of them thought America was headed in the wrong direction, almost every single person in the audience raised their hand. That reaction vindicated Gingrich’s feelings that the country needs bold and immediate change.
“I think that we are in the kind of trouble as a country that puts a premium on having solutions rather than slogans,” Gingrich said. “I think this is going to be a unique election in which people really are worried and really do want to know what would you do and how would you do it and why should I believe you. I think this is the beginning of laying that out.”
The unveiling was actually just part one of a four step plan that Gingrich says will continue to evolve. Thursday, he discussed his legislative proposals. They include:
- Repeal Obamacare
- Return to robust job creation
- Unleash America’s full energy production potential
- Save Medicare and Social Security
- Balance the federal budget
- Control the border by January 1, 2014
- Revitalize our national security system to meet 21st century threats
- Maximize the speed and impact of medical breakthroughs
- Restore the proper role of the judicial branch
- 10. Enforce the Tenth Amendment
After the event, Gingrich was asked if his 23 page proposals might be too big for voters to grasp in the age of 30-second soundbites. He discounted that notion. “I have a bias. I believe to be a free society citizens have to be willing to learn and I’m prepared to have a conversation on the grounds that, in the end, people care. People are worried about the future of this country.”
Gingrich believes that if the United States adopted his legislative proposals, the country could quickly solve many of its most pressing issues. “If you’re prepared to go through the level of change that I’m describing, we’ll get to a balanced budget, we’ll pay down the debt, we’ll pay of the Chinese, we’ll create our own energy so we won’t need to send any money to Brazil, and we’ll end up being a radically wealthier country with much greater national security,” he said.
Newt Gingrich has run an unconventional campaign that struggled with early staff defections. Instead of criticizing opponents, Gingrich unleashes his venom on the media and the Democrats. He offers clear, detailed policy positions that require an investment of time to get through. He shines in every debate. The former U.S. House Speaker remains a great “idea man” for the Republican Party. He hopes his ideas will catch on with the American public in time to provide his presidential campaign a boost.
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