The best reason for candidates to endorse our Contract, regardless of their Party, is that they realize its provisions are important for the well-being of our country and its citizens.
But a perfectly acceptable reason candidates should sign, is that they may lose if they do not.
Many Democrats may lose this November because potential supporters are so frustrated that they see no reason to bother to vote. Meanwhile, they may be badly outspent for advertising by ultra-conservative Big Money sources, such as the billionaire Koch brothers.
Also, if candidates choose not to sign our Contract, we will support better candidates, more responsive to our needs, the next primary. So candidates could lose that way also.
But we think our Contract offers candidates other significant advantages beyond winning.
Ronald Reagan (in one of his best moments) said: “They say Politics is the world’s second oldest profession. I’ve come to discover that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”
Our Contract can help free politicians from that. Candidates often need to spend an inordinate amount of time fundraising, and then juggling the needs of their donors against the common good.
The more we succeed in getting money out of elections and government, and the more voters choose candidates for their beliefs rather than their spending, the freer our elected officials will be to do their jobs creatively, compassionately and effectively.