Momentum for the Contract From America is building, with more than 20 candidates signing on to the grass-roots document since its April 15 unveiling, according to contract creator Ryan Hecker.
Hecker is the 29-year-old Houston attorney and Tea Party Patriots leader who came up with the concept. The objective is to influence the outcome of the midterm elections, just as the Contract with America did in 1994. The difference: This contract originated from members of the grass-roots movement itself, rather than from GOP politicians.
The biggest name so far among the political leaders who have put their names to the contract's 10 principles: Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.
Utah GOP Senate candidate Mike Lee, the upstart candidate many tea party members predict will defeat incumbent Sen. Bob Bennett for the GOP nomination Saturday, has signed the pledge as well, according to Hecker.
Hecker tells Newsmax that Nevada's Sharron Angle, who is fighting for the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid's seat in the U.S. Senate, has signed the document. He adds that California senatorial candidate Chuck DeVore, one of the Republicans competing for the nomination to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, has agreed to its terms as well.
"It's great to see that candidates around the country are listening to the wishes of the American people and adopting our call for reform as their own," Hecker tells Newsmax. "The Contract From America will have a major political impact on the 2010 elections and beyond. Candidates of either party who refuse to sign this grass-roots, bottom-up call for economic conservative reform run the risk of being viewed as out of touch with the wishes and ideologies of their constituents."
The contract espouses 10 principles, including:
- Protect the Constitution: "Require each bill to identity the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does."
- Reject cap-and-trade: "Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures.
- Demand a balanced budget: "Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike."
More than 365,000 participants completed online voting forms to help determine the Contract From America's position planks, Hecker says. The text of the entire contract is available at TheContract.org.
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