Former president Donald Trump is reportedly working with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., on a new policy agenda for the Republican Party ahead of the 2022 midterm election.
The policy framework will be modeled after Gingrich’s 1994 “Contract with America,” which helped Republicans reclaim control of Congress in a landslide two years after the election of Bill Clinton, Politico reported.
Several top congressional Republicans have also been involved in the plan’s development, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
One source familiar with the policies said the agenda would follow Trump’s “America First” approach on multiple issues, such as trade and immigration, both of which Trump sees as a “policy priority for 2022 and beyond.”
According to Trump’s team, it’s still too early to project what else the final product will include.
“Policy talks are still in their infancy and it’s premature to project exactly what this will look like, who all will be participating in the effort and when something may be released,” said a Trump spokesperson.
Gingrich confirmed this and said Republican voters shouldn’t expect a concrete agenda until closer to the midterms.
However, he drew from his earlier experiences to map out what he considered to be some of the baseline objectives.
“It should be positive,” he said. “School choice, teaching American history for real, abolishing the ‘1619 Project,’ eliminating critical race theory and what the Texas legislature is doing. We should say, ‘Bring it on.’”
While keeping open the possibility of a 2024 presidential rematch, Trump has been focused on helping congressional Republicans prepare for the 2022 elections so they can take back the House and Senate.
“I stand before you this evening filled with confidence that in 2022, we are going to take back the House and we are going to reclaim the Senate,” he recently told Republican donors.
“And then in 2024, a Republican candidate is going to win the White House,” he continued obliquely.
Advisers close to him said he would not announce that decision until after the midterms.