Republicans’ ‘Pledge to America’ becomes polarizing issue

by Derrick Johnson on September 24, 2010

Republicans released a 21-page document titled "A Pledge to America," that included such promises as a "robust" defense, a more transparent government and "traditional marriage."

The document, which is also available in its entirety for download at pledge.gop.gov, begins with an introduction that declares "America is an idea" and echoes the U.S. Constitution in language and tone.

The intro doesn't say anything specific about the ideas within the rest of the document, and only offers vague statements toward the end like "We pledge to advance policies that promote greater liberty, wider opportunity, a robust defense, and national economic prosperity."

However, since its release yesterday, the ideas and statements within the 21 pages of the pledge have become a polarizing topic for some politicians and a comedy trove for late-night talkshow hosts.

Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) released a statement supporting the pledge and said the document included a "bipartisan measure I introduced last year to make legislation available online 72 hours before it is considered by the House."

"This governing document commits to a conservative agenda that would cut wasteful spending, cut taxes, shrink the deficit, and repeal and replace the massive health care bill passed earlier this year," Culberson said in the statement, reports TexasInsider.org.

Democrats were quick to react to the document, with the House Democrats holding a press conference earlier this afternoon.

"Their plan would take us back to the Bush years, to a stagnant economy, to spiraling deficits and to giveaways to oil companies, the health insurance industry and Wall Street," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.), CBS news reports.

Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, used the pledge as an opportunity to comically attack the GOP by implying that Republicans had made these promises before.

"Who are these fresh-faced young guns and their bold new ideas?" Stewart said yesterday on his show. 

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