Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich wasted no time in endorsing the GOP’s new governing agenda, “Pledge to America.” In an interview with HUMAN EVENTS, Gingrich praised the document as a “very solid positive step toward winning a majority.”
Gingrich said he spoke occasionally with Republican leadership on the contents of the document beforehand, encouraging them to focus on “jobs, taxes, and spending,” which the Pledge does do. As we reported yesterday, the Republican rollout zeros-in on permanently extending tax cuts on all income brackets, slashing government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, repealing and replacing Obamacare, and ending government control of the entities Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, among other things.
Gingrich dismissed any notions that the Pledge was insufficient, even though it says nothing on the contentious issue of “earmarks.”
“This pledge is a good building block for this year,” said Gingrich, “and will help grow a GOP majority in six weeks.”
Gingrich, who engineered the successful 1994 “Contract with America,” also wasn’t concerned that the the GOP didn’t endorse a Balanced Budget Amendment. To him, what was presented today will help jump start the economy: “Four percent unemployment instead of 9.6% unemployment would be the biggest single step you could take toward a balanced budget.”