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House Minority Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Friday introduced the GOP’s “Commitment to America” package, the common selling point for Republicans ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.
McCarthy came out swinging in his speech, accusing the Democratic lawmakers of ignoring rising crime, denouncing restrictions on parental rights and promising to repeal the recent expansion of the Internal Revenue Service.
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The agenda includes a set of broad policy recommendations in four broad categories: “A strong economy”; “A nation that is safe;” “A future built on liberty;” and “A responsible government”.
“We want a strong economy. That means you can fill up your tank. You can buy groceries. They have enough money left over to go to Disneyland and save for a future — that paychecks grow, they stop shrinking,” McCarthy told the crowd, laying out what Republicans say they will do if they do win a majority in the House of Representatives.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks on the Republican “Commitment to America” agenda on Friday, September 23, 2022 at DMI Companies in Monongahela, Pa.
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He continued, “We have a plan for a safe nation. That means your community is protected, your law enforcement is respected. Your criminals will be prosecuted. We believe in a future built on freedom – putting your children first.”
GOP leaders say the agenda was created with input from Republicans across the country with the express aim of avoiding “top-down” partisan politics.
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The agenda follows the playbook of the “Treaty With America” that helped former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., win a GOP majority in the 1990s.
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Republicans say it’s the culmination of more than a year of work, beginning with the GOP-led “China Task Force.” McCarthy liked this model, and earlier this year he created several other task forces including business, technology, health, energy and more.
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McCarthy’s speech focused heavily on the rise in crime and the rapid decline in convictions under Democratic local and state governments.
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“We watched what they did to our communities by stealing the money from the police. We now have crime problems from Portland to Philadelphia, with prosecutors and prosecutors looking the other way,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy also passed the microphone to the audience for a Q&A session.
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The agenda comes at a critical time in the midterms. Republicans had the advantage due to the shaky economy and President Biden’s low approval ratings. But Democrats have claimed new momentum after Roe v. Wade was overthrown by the Supreme Court and former President Donald Trump faced legal troubles.
McCarthy unveiled the Commitment to America package in Washington County, Pennsylvania. The state is the focus of both parties’ attention as the outcome of its upcoming election could serve as a guide for a shift in political allegiances.
Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.
Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and email him at [email protected]