This method of leadership, powered by ideas and sustained by an open communication of those ideas to the people they impact, is certainly not one that I invented myself. Others have taken a similar approach, often with great success. One of the most notable instances in our nation’s history was an initiative announced 20 years ago: the "Contract With America."
It was led by a remarkable idea man: Rep. Newt Gingrich of Georgia, then minority whip and future speaker of the House. He partnered with other Republican leaders, including Texas Rep. Dick Armey and policy leaders at the Heritage Foundation, to craft a revolutionary collection of ideas for restoring the promise of America.
Every Republican candidate signed the contract — and that November, the American people gave it their stamp of approval by giving Republicans the majority.Senator Rubio is mistaken. Seven Republicans refused to sign the contract:
- Sam Brownback (Kansas)
- Jim Bunn (Oregon)
- Tom Coburn (Oklahoma)
- Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Florida)
- Ray LaHood (Illinois)
- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida)
- Don Young (Alaska)