'America Speaking Out': House Republicans Begin Crafting New 'Contract With America'

The tea party's "Contract from America" says it is based on the principles of "individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom." It enumerates 10 agenda items that it wants congressional candidates to follow. Those items include: "(1) protect the constitution; (2) reject cap and trade; (3) demand a balanced budget; (4) enact fundamental tax reform; (5) restore fiscal responsibility and constitutionally limited government in Washington; (6) end runaway government spending; (7) defund, repeal and replace government-run health care; (8) pass an "all-of-the-above" energy policy; (9) stop the pork; and (10) stop the tax hikes."

When Hecker, a 29-year old Houston lawyer and former Rudy Giuliani opposition researcher, spoke with ABC News in February, he said members of Congress of both parties lacked the "credibility" to offer their own contract.

He is now, however, coming around to the GOP's efforts to craft an election-year agenda with voter input.

"I think (House Republican leaders) are definitely more credible now than they were in October 2008" when many Republicans joined with many Democrats to support the Wall Street bailout, said Hecker.

"They gain more credibility the more they listen. I think (House Republican leaders) are going to end up in a very similar position to us because the same people who end up submitting ideas on their site submitted ideas on ours."

ABC News' Alexander Pepper and Matt Loffman contributed to this report.

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