From CNN Political Editor Mark Preston
Washington (CNN) – In 1994, Newt Gingrich and other Republican leaders convinced GOP candidates to sign the “Contract with America,” a document of conservative principles that included a pledge the House would vote on these issues.
The contract provided GOP candidates with succinct talking points on the campaign trail – ideas that resonated with a restless electorate – and congressional Democrats were swept out of power that year.
Fast forward to 2010 and Gingrich is promoting a second contract, except the newest incarnation was not drafted by him, party officials or political insiders. The “Contract From America” was organized by the Tea Party Patriots, an organization that describes itself as an advocate for “grassroots-generated, crowd-sourced, bottom-up call for real economic conservative and good governance reform in Congress.”