Back in 1994, when congressional Republicans unveiled their Contract with America, the two Miami Republicans were among just 3 GOP holdouts who refused to sign the contract because it called for cutting off benefits to legal immigrants.
But this time around, the GOP blueprint -- Pledge To America -- is a lot more hazy -- there's no proposed legislation attached -- and Diaz-Balart said he supports it, even though he disagrees with a sentence that says local police should be involved in immigration enforcement.
"The essence I overwhelmingly agree with," Diaz-Balart said. "We need to change course because the country is drowning in unnecessary debt. It's really unfortunate what this Congress and this president have done in 2 years where they have taken the deficit from less than 4 percent of GDP to 10 percent. That's not only unsustainable, it's reckless. Irresponsible to the point of reckless."
Broward Democrat Wasserman Schultz, however, said the Republicans are only offering "more of the same failed ideas they've been pushing for years. The Republican pledge is a clear example that they worship at the feet of special interests...Their plan would take us back to the Bush years."
She and other Democrats attacked the plan as a sell out to monied interests that is lacking on details on how Republicans would cut the deficit: "All they do is give pablum to the American people," she said.
Ros-Lehtinen sent out a press release hailing the pledge for among other things, calling to keep open the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay Cuba.
"Instead of shutting down Guantanamo with no plan, Republicans are focused on keeping Islamist extremists out of America," she said.