The campaign chief for congressional Republicans, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), hit back at early criticism of the party's newly released "Pledge to America" late Wednesday.

Sessions called the document a clear statement from the Republican leadership on the policy direction it would head should the party take back the majority in the House in 2010 and said he expected it to "characterize the agenda" on the campaign trail ahead of November. 

"We're setting priorities," Sessions told The Hill. "You first have to get jobs back and the Democrats have offered no solutions. Jobs are obviously the last thing they've thought about because they've diminished jobs. Their political agenda is about net losing 10 million American jobs and they're only a third of the way there." 

Democrats have characterized the document as espousing few new ideas, with White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer labeling it a rehash of "the same failed policies that caused this recession." 

Even some conservatives have joined critics in suggesting the pledge is light on specifics. 

The document tackles job creation, “out-of-control” spending, “the government takeover of healthcare,” transparency and homeland security, among other issues. It pledges to repeal the recently enacted healthcare law and replace it with an alternative Republican plan.  

Sessions wouldn't say he expects Republican candidates to make the complete GOP pledge the centerpiece of their campaigns this fall, but he said the ideas laid out in the document echo those the vast majority of Republican challengers are campaigning on in 2010.

"I think that job creation and us doing the types of things that will create a better business environment will be a central theme for every Republican campaign," he said.    

—Molly K. Hooper contributed to this post