GOP 'Pledge' Makes Closing Arguments to Voters

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WASHINGTON - Six weeks before voters head to the polls for this year's midterm elections, Republicans have released their closing argument.
    
Their new "Pledge to America" outlines the direction they will take the country if elected as the majority in Congress.

In this final push before the election, Republicans want voters to know they hear their frustrations.
    
The GOP's 21-page "Pledge to America" is filled with policies that appeal to Tea Party activists and disillusioned independents that polls show are swinging to the right.

Click play for more analysis with CBN News Senior Editor John Waage on the recent GOP effort to take back Congress.

"Regarding the policies of the current government, the governed do not consent," the pledge reads. "An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many."

In the document, Republicans pledge to:

  • Permanently extend the Bush tax cuts for all Americans, including those in the upper-income bracket.
        
  • Repeal "Obamacare" with Republican fixes including medical malpractice reform.
        
  • Return government spending to 2008 levels -- except for national security.
  • Ban federal funding of abortion.

The pledge also calls for all bills to be made public three days before a vote, ensuring members have time to read them. In addition, it calls for legislation to cite its constitutional authority.

Democrats have accused Republicans of pedaling backwards, saying it will take America back to the failed policies that got the country into trouble in the first place. Even some conservatives say the document is short on specifics.

Sixteen years ago, Republicans, then led by House Speaker Newt Gingrich, forged their "Contract with America" on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Less than two months later, the GOP gained control of the House.
    
Current Republican leaders are hoping their new pledge will yield the same result.

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