GOP lawmakers are rallying around House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's “Commitment to America” agenda after the California Republican previewed the plan during a closed-door conference meeting on Thursday, just ahead of its rollout slated to take place outside of Pittsburgh on Friday.
The four-plank platform, which includes language calling for "an economy that is strong," "a government that's accountable," "a future that's free," and "a nation that's safe" but does not lay out specific legislation to address these topics, comes as Republicans fight to flip control of the House in November. McCarthy has encouraged members to use the plan as a messaging tool as they return to their districts to campaign.
Both centrists and the far-right flank emerged from the meeting, praising the blueprint, with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) telling members in the meeting that she thought it was “fantastic,” according to one source in the room.
"I think the conciseness, I would say, can be very productive, and I look forward to focusing on this in the coming weeks,” Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) told the Washington Examiner.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), who spearheaded a similar proposal, the “Contract with America,” in 1994 — which some credit with helping the GOP take back the House — and former Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway joined the meeting, encouraging members to run on the economy, an issue on which Republicans have polled significantly higher than Democrats.
According to one GOP lawmaker's notes, Gingrich said that “the message will work every time,” adding, “We need to be positive we can make America work again, draw [a] contrast with Biden.”
Gingrich went on to advise members to “be focused as a team,” telling the room that “every one of us could find three things you don’t like and three things you think it’s missing."
"Do not allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good,” he said, according to the source.
Conway, who served as former President Donald Trump’s campaign manager in 2016, echoed Gingrich’s sentiments, adding that she feels it “is the best assemblage of topics ever.”
Conway also encouraged members to “tell voters to believe what they see, not what Dems say,” telling those in the room that Democrats are “running on Jan. 6, abortion, and climate. They beat you by a few points. Run on the economy — you win on that issue by double digits. Show that there is a plan."
The "plan doesn’t have to be perfect. Just show you have a plan,” she said, one source in the meeting confirmed.
As Democrats voice confidence the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will motivate their base, Conway encouraged Republicans to “flip the script” and paint liberal policies on the matter as extreme.