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Gingrich Says De Blasio Social Contract Doomed Without Specifics

Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrinch speaks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, DC on February 27, 2015.

Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrinch speaks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, DC on February 27, 2015.

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As Bill de Blasio comes to the U.S. Capitol with a plan to address income inequality, the tactic’s champion has advice: Put meat on the bones.

New York’s mayor intends to release a “Progressive Agenda” on Tuesday in Washington, a Democratic rendition of the “Contract with America” that former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich offered in 1994. The difference, Gingrich said, is that he proposed actual legislation, not just broad ideas. He also said voters repudiated ideas similar to de Blasio’s just last week, when Conservatives defeated the Labour Party in the U.K.