White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Tuesday sought to downplay the release of the new Republican "Contract with America" this week, painting it as simply more of the same.

At his daily press briefing, Gibbs fielded several questions about frustration over the economy and the Obama administration's response to it. Gibbs defended President Obama's record, then turned the spotlight onto the GOP.

"Well, I think what you're going to see the Republicans roll out on Thursday will help the president's message of wanting to go back to the ideas of 2008," he said. "I think that's exactly what you're going to hear from them on Thursday. And I think that's why the president will continue to talk about that message."

Republicans have touted the release of their new "Contract with America" on Thursday, touting it as a tangible alternative to the policies of the Democrats, who have hammered away at the GOP this year for not having original ideas.

The project has been under way for months, and its release comes less than two months before the November midterm elections, in which the GOP is expected to make large gains on the Democratic majorities in Congress.