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Club for Growth: Pledge is 'milquetoast'

House Republicans’ new “Pledge to America” focuses heavily on proposals to rein in federal spending and slash taxes. But it’s not getting rave reviews from one conservative organization dedicated to limited government and “economic freedom.”

Citing the Pledge’s lack of an explicit ban on earmarks and a specific amendment – like the one proposed in the 1994 “Contract with America” -- to balance the budget, a staff member for the Club for Growth panned the campaign manifesto, calling it “milquetoast.”

“I want to like the new GOP Pledge to America,” wrote Andy Roth, the organization’s vice president for government affairs, on the Club for Growth’s blog today. “I want to endorse it, but it's so milquetoast that it proves to me that these guys just aren't ready to lead.”

“The Pledge has not [sic] teeth,” he said. “Voters have no reliable assurances that House Republicans will behave appropriately.”

It's not unusual for the D.C.-based group to endorse candidates and policy proposals that are more conservative than those backed by establishment Republicans. Among its favored candidates this cycle are Tea Party-backed Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sharron Angle of Nevada, and Ken Buck of Colorado – none of whom had the backing of the National Republican Senatorial Committee before winning their respective GOP primaries.