Nation Generally Underwhelmed by GOP’s ‘Pledge to America’


Today, casually dressed House Republican leaders gathered at a lumber store in Virginia to unveil their “Pledge to America” — sort of a 2010 version of 1994’s Contract with America, but less binding — a document laying out their platform and how they would govern, if voters are kind enough in November to return them to power. So how is it being received? Not that well! Liberals are quick to point out that the policies, like cutting taxes and cutting spending and cutting the deficit, are hardly novel ideas, nor is it possible for them all to coexist at the same time. But many conservatives are skeptical as well, seeing the Pledge as toothless and timid.

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