Tags: Newt Gingrich | Contract with America | GOP | midterms

Gingrich: Contract's 'Positive Ideas' Still Resonates With Voters

By    |   Friday, 19 Sep 2014 01:01 PM

The Republicans won the majority in Congress in 1994 for the first time in 40 years because they campaigned on the positive message detailed in the Contract with America, which is how the GOP can win in November, says former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"We had a very positive campaign theme," Gingrich, coauthor of the Contract with America, told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Friday.

"We believed that the American people were very tired of the negatives, that they were very worried about the country and we thought that they needed a sense that we were more than just 'anti,'" he said.

"If we had spent the fall campaign attacking [former President Bill] Clinton, we would not have won a majority, we would’ve picked up 25 seats," he said. "We picked up 53."

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"People looked and thought, 'you know, these folks actually want to do something good, they don’t just want power,'" Gingrich told Newsmax.

"I really think that it’s very important because the independent voter, the moderate voter, they really want to know more than just you’re against something," he said.

"If you’re on a purely negative campaign, you actually suppress your vote by turning them off and having them stay home," he added. "That’s a very big challenge."

Republicans are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Contract with America this month.

According to Gingrich, both House Speaker John Boehner and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus are planning to roll out positive goals for the November midterms for the GOP.

"My hope is you’re going to see us with a number of pretty positive things in the next seven weeks," the former House speaker said. "It will make a difference."

"A Republican candidate who goes back home on positive solutions and positive ideas will, in fact, do better on election day than someone that is purely negative."


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The Republicans won the majority in Congress in 1994 for the first time in 40 years because they campaigned on the positive message detailed in the Contract with America, which is how the GOP can win in November, says Newt Gingrich on "America's Forum."
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