In a reprise of a long-ago clash between Democratic presidential candidates, House Republicans contend that they can answer the mocking challenge “Where’s the beef?”
The GOP response: Create incentives for new jobs, cut federal spending and clean up Congress. Although the specifics remain a work in progress, Republican leaders are inching toward a substantive campaign agenda after a behind-the-scenes battle over how specific the policy proposals should be.
With Democrats attacking them for offering nothing new or for threatening a return to the unpopular policies of President George W. Bush, Republicans want to assure voters that they will change direction if they take control of the House in November. They also are preparing reminders that they have proposed plenty of alternatives since President Barack Obama took office.