House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s famous “Contract with America” in 1994 of promised legislative action led to Republicans winning control of both the House and the Senate for the first time in 40 years.
Now, in a video signaling his priorities if he were to run in 2024, former President Trump addresses 18 issues he contends have been botched by his successor, reports the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard.
Taken from rallies, Trump opens with “We are a nation in decline.” And he concludes with declaring it’s “time to start talking about greatness for our country again.”
Trump touches on the failing economy, the gas crisis, Biden’s abandonment of Afghanistan, “fake news” and the all-the-more-relevant charged that the Justice Department has been “weaponized” against him.
“We are a nation that in many ways has become a joke,” said Trump.
He ran on campaign theme in 2016 of “Make America Great Again,” followed by a 2020 theme of “Keep America Great.” And lately, Bedard notes, he’s been touting a “Save America” theme.
The video concludes with, “Soon, we will have greatness again.”
“It was hardworking patriots like you who built this country. And it is hardworking patriots like you who are going to save our country,” he says. “There is no mountain that we cannot climb, there is no summit we cannot reach. There is no challenge we cannot beat. There is no victory we cannot have. We will not bend, we will not break. We will not yield ever, ever, ever. We will never give in, we will never give up, and we will never ever back down.”
‘We can lock in a conservative majority for the decade’
Meanwhile, Gingrich was part of a panel with Rep. Kevin McCarthy recently in which he praised the current Republican House leader for preparing to release a legislative agenda prior to the midterm elections in November, Roll Call reported.
Polls indicate the Republicans will retake the House and Senate from Democrats this fall.
“I believe in this next election, this is a 50-year election. Never before are we going to feel this type of opportunity in a year of redistricting,” McCarthy said July 26 at the Trump-headlined America First Agenda summit. “We can lock in a conservative majority for the decade.”
McCarthy, asked about lessons from the Republicans’ takeover of the House in 1994, said his conference will unveil its agenda in September in a move reminiscent of the “Contract with America.”
“For the last year and a half, every single one of our members have been part of a task force finding solutions. We’ve been coming together; we’re going to meet tomorrow. We’re going to roll part of that out … our commitment to America,” McCarthy said. “We’re going to go back in August, talking and listening to our constituents, finalize it and roll it out in September.”
Gingrich praised McCarthy’s effort while criticizing Republicans who prefer to remain on defense, relying on Biden’s failures and low approval ratings to win.
“I don’t have to be as careful as Kevin. So, look, I think the people who say that are nuts,” Gingrich said.
Previewing policies on energy, crime and foreign affairs, McCarthy said Republicans will “withhold money [from] any prosecutor that doesn’t uphold the law and picks and chooses who they go to prosecute.”