My Contract Can Beat Up Your Contract

In the beginning, Newt created The Contract. And he saw that it was good politics. Now, Newt Gingrich's apostles--and even a few nonbelievers--are hoping to duplicate the political success of the House Republicans' 1994 Contract With America by devising their own campaign pacts. The Christian Coalition has one. So does Ross Perot's new Independence Party. After GOP candidates for Virginia's legislature unveiled their "Pledge for Honest Change," the state's Democrats responded with their own accord. And the folks who started it all are preparing to roll out a new version for 1996.

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