October 9th, 2009
01:04 PM ET
5 years ago

DNC targets 'radical' GOP lawmakers

The Democratic National Committee targeted Iowa Rep. Steve King on Friday in the first of a series of Web videos.
The Democratic National Committee targeted Iowa Rep. Steve King on Friday in the first of a series of Web videos.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee targeted Iowa Rep. Steve King on Friday in the first of a series of Web videos highlighting the "radical views" of some Republican lawmakers.

In the first "Faces of the GOP" web video, the DNC chided King for voting against a resolution recognizing slave labor in the construction of the U.S. Capitol, and for saying last year that Al Qaeda would "be dancing in the streets" if President Obama won the election.

"With the likes of Steve King leading the Republican Party – it has marginalized itself as an extreme outpost of ideologues and bomb throwers which is out of step with not only women and minorities, but the vast majority of Americans," DNC Press Secretary Hari Sevugan said in a statement.

Sevugan said the campaign will be a "regular and ongoing feature so long as Republicans continue to put out right wing ideologues as their primary spokespeople."


The effort is the latest DNC move to swing the spotlight from official Republican leadership to faces the party isn't as keen to highlight: Earlier this year, they launched a campaign attacking radio host Rush Limbaugh, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Bush strategist Karl Rove, dubbing them the true leaders of the GOP.


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  1. Paying Attention

    Go to kingwatch.org to see direct quotes and video of this guy. His comments are, on a good day, ignorant.

    October 9, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Florida Resident

    Bravo – fight back. We can't afford to let these GOP whiners and liars get away with their attacks.

    October 9, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. GuyInVA

    Abandon those radicals! Come to the democratic party. The party of Al Gore, Dennis Kucinich, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, etc. Welfare for everyone! Abortions on demand!

    October 9, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. big papa

    All Republicans may not be traitors...

    ...but there's no doubt that the Republican Party is the Party of TRAITORS...

    ...Take South Carolina confederate Jim DeMint...

    ...he went to Honduras to promote a military coup...

    ...he's hinting (like many of his co-conspirators in his Party, Joe confederate Wilson)...

    ...that the same should happen here...

    ...I say Dems have to conduct a preemptive strike...

    ...Patriot Act these conservative scumbag traitors...

    ...classify DeMint, his constituency who supports him, and his co-conspirators (Joe confederate Wilson, Michelle Bachman, and Rush Limbaugh)...

    ...as domestic terrorists...

    ...then take appropriate action to thwart their plot against our government...

    ...Remember the tea baggers' signs?: "We came unarmed, this time"...

    ...Time to kill it before it grows...

    October 9, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. New Age Independent

    Rep. Steve King is a embarrassment to all Americans. He should be looking at his own party for "radical views".

    October 9, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. andy

    The DNC is going to call someone radical? They have the like of Pelosi and Reid and they call others radical.. What are they smoking?

    October 9, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Marie in California

    Personally, I think it's the DNC that's radical and out of touch with reality.

    October 9, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Proud Member..Party of No

    Um, maybe they should "target" the most radical politician out there......Dingle Barry Obama.

    October 9, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. vence

    He is just another member of the klan. Just that this time he is the un-american leader guiding haters around the president who won a nobel prize.

    October 9, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Mickey, NY

    The GOP is anti-american, unpatriotic, and are domestic terrorists.

    October 9, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. katiec

    The republican party has become a party of right wing extremists.
    How anyone could want politicians of this nature as leaders of
    our country is beyond me.
    They have thrown away all integrity and honor.

    October 9, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Bill, MI

    Radical, Obe, Acorn he was there lawyer and trainer.

    Bill Aryers
    Van Jones
    Black Panthers

    October 9, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Tom St. Paul

    I've seen this King kook on CNN. He's out there with Palin, Bachman, DeMint, and Wilson. There are probably lots more in the wings the rational majority of us haven't even seen yet. Lord help us all!

    October 9, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Ron -- Seattle

    The GOP needs to find their voice. They will only conitue to further marginalize themselves as long as they keep electing nutbags like Bachman, Cantor, Boehner and deifying people like Rush and Beck.

    October 9, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Pragmatic

    Steve King can not ignore the documented historical fact that slave labor built the US Capitol Building. Or is he comfortable pretending to be stupid? Talking about terrorists "dancing in the streets" is just the typical republican "fear and smear" ... if he doesn't like the quotes of what he said, then smarten up! King sounds like he representing SC!

    October 9, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Lynda

    The latest in attacks against Obama by the right wing conservative nuts is the new bill board using the "N" word to discribe Obama's Health Care – so now tell me these Republicans aren't racists, bigots and full of Hate and venom.........It say Obama's Health Care – "N@##^% Rig IT " what a pathetic bunch of losers.......and you want these kind of people electing our next president? What in God's name kind of idiot would they support? Palin? Wilson? Limbaugh? BecK? Hannity? Come on people I know that even the decent Republicans out there don't want these wack-os speaking for them, so where is the REAL Republicans? Where are the true so called Patriots that they came to be, where are these so called Christrians that they profess to be.......why don't any of you have the guts to put these radicals in your party in their place before they completely distroy your Party?

    October 9, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Ken

    "The DNC is going to call someone radical? They have the like of Pelosi and Reid and they call others radical.. What are they smoking?"

    Yes indeed. I DO have the likes of Pelosi and Reid, and I DO call the [R] party and its supporters radicals and reactionaries. It is proof positive that you neo-nitwits live in a fantasy world if you think Pelosi and Reid are radicals. These two haven't done half they should have to remove the stench of 14 years of [R] congressional rule from the capital. They are playing the game pretty conservative, in my view. The neo-morons lost the last two elections, and since they can't win a discussion on the issues and facts, they move in with birth-bagging fear-mongering - the reactionary right's consistent response to geting trounced in the polls. What a bunch of pathetic rightwing crybabies: wahhwaahh.....the sky is falling...Nancy and Harry are unamerican radicals....my panties are in a bunch because we are losers..... This is what YOU call 'conservative'?

    October 9, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Jim Bob

    The GOP wears the 'devil's advocate' title too seriously, promoting divisive politicking, appeasing ignorance and bigotry.

    October 9, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Joanna

    For the first 30 + years of my life I was a registered Republican.
    The "Republican" part of today is a sick, twisted, disgusting and utterly repugnant parody of what it once was.

    They don't represent me. They don't represent anyone I know.

    October 9, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. sean

    All of the gop is radical if you ask me just let the man the presdent do his job!the gop are all jerk,s

    October 9, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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