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. mmd

    i bet his grandfather who is one of the workers, is turning over his grave at the actions of his grandson.

    October 9, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Peter

    Wolves in sheeps skin! kick them out of the democratic party! otherwise they are a liability to the party and the Government.

    October 9, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Robert

    The DNC is so idiotic to put ads out like this and actually think people will believe them.

    October 9, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Proud Boulder Liberal

    The Republican Party has become absolutely irrelevant and anachronistic. The people of the United States deserve better than Mr. King and Mr. Wilson. We deserve better than to have our country run by corporate America. (Of course, it could be argued that when we don't take the time to be informed and don't take part in the democratic process... perhaps we get what we deserve). In any case, the standards for our leaders—be it in politics, business, religion, and academia—have fallen to new lows.

    The GOP has become an increasingly marginalized repository of racism, obstructionism, and appears to be increasingly represented by uneducated and angry people.

    Mr. Wilson's unprecedentedly uncivil behavior toward President Obama is probably a reliable barometer of this segment of America. The wider world appears to see things differently: President Obama was today awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Indeed, President Obama has broken barriers and has inspired countless people around the world. This magnificent young African-American man has given me (a white guy) a pride such as I have never had in my country.

    Many in the GOP wish for things the way they were: white people in charge, corporate rule, business as usual and garnished with irrelevant social “values” and decrepit religious platitudes that have no meaning and never did.

    Grow up, GOP: it's 2009, not 1859!

    October 9, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Jack Roberson

    Here's a President who, for all his good intentions, is bankrupting our country day by day. And, for this, he gets a prize? He rewards people for irresponsible behavior and makes others like senior citizens suffer for his poor financial management. How would you feel if you were retired, living on a fixed income, where your savings would only be earning around 1% – because he wants to hand out money to banks and automakers and, most of all, his union buddies. If I ran my family budget like the Presidents runs/leads ours, I would he in real trouble. We need to stop punishing people for saving money, stop giving out free handouts to banks, insurance companies, etc., with very litle oversight. Poor job, Mr. President.

    October 9, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Gordon Sanford

    It's about time that democrats start fighting these extreme ideologues in the republican party. I believe they help to push a fringe group of nut cases in this country to think they have permission to potentiate violence against our first black president.

    October 9, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. X

    The way these right wing crackpots behave, is it any wonder that they ran the country into the ground after 8 years of Republican rule?

    October 9, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. victim of republican greed

    While wingnuts are outraged that Obama received a Nobel Peace Prize citing his lack of accomplishments, let's look at the accomplishments of the republicans since Obama was inaugurated. Other than going completely anti American, there is not much there.

    October 9, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. victim of republican greed

    Rep. King and Sen. Grassley are why they have the acronym IOWA. It stands for 'idiots out walking around.'

    October 9, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Russ

    I don't even know who Steve King is yet they say he's a face of the GOP? Dems instead of running negative campaigns that accmplish nothing, why don't you get something done in Congress? And don't tell me your being blocked by the GOP. YOU HAVE MAJORITY RULE. So if you think your right about everything just ram it through and face the voters in 2010. Sound good?

    October 9, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Bob in Pa

    The DNC and their infantile attacks are getting so old. And if you haven't noticed, the Taliban have stepped up their attacks since BO took office.

    October 9, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Yes, He Did

    I love this president, and I'm so glad he is getting recognized. Yes, I know he was nominated two weeks after he took office, but the Committee said he was awarded for what he was trying to do. His ideal and opinions matter to the world. I love it.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 9, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. jose

    If King is all that, is he wrong in his position or should he agree with the democrats for fear of being called racist? is his opinion wrong in the face of the facts or are we now to admit wrong views as good or face the racist, anti minority rap going on in politics since Obama won? does this remind you of another country? (Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, China....) enough, don't you think?

    October 9, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. steven harnack

    You have to admit that lately the Republicans are their own worst enemies.Showing them with their own outrageous words is enough to alienate all but the ultra-conservative christian base that sounds more like the american version of the taliban every day.When will they figure out that their hate and lies can be reviewed easily by anyone with a computer?The stuff they say to get their base riled up can be seen by everyone else too and it's making them look very stupid.

    October 9, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. normajean

    It's time the Democrats started fighting back in print. Enough "slings and arrows" from the do-nothing "Party of No"How much do you have to take before you start fighting back. Enough already.

    October 9, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. Chad M from Iowa

    While I don't support everything Rep. Steve King has said, I do support him and his ideas. It seems CNN can only bash those of the right. What about the NAACP or MECHA? Those groups are so far left and MOST of all democrats support these racist groups. CNN be more "fair and balanced" or I'm tuning out of your programs.

    October 9, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    This is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black. You don't get any more liberal than Obama, Biden and Pelosi

    October 9, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Harold, NH

    What is so outrageous about what he said? LOL. And I don't even like Republicans!

    October 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. J.P.

    Doesn't matter what the DNC does or how many ads they buy... their goose is already cooked in 2010.... right now, it's just a matter of "how" cooked their goose is? Merely broiled? Or nuked? I'm leaning toward the latter.

    1994 wasn't a fluke... it's the natural reaction to contain, quarantine and neuter a political element that is out of step with the fundamental beliefs of the American voter. 2010 will be a repeat of that, but this time on steroids. Expect 40+ house seats to change hands.

    October 9, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. chubby

    The demorats will not investigate dodd, rangel and other demorats who have not paid taxes and hit assets from the IRS but they have time to investigate a Republican who calls them out.

    October 9, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. wjohnson

    what are you doing? your favorite person is at franklin raqucct club

    October 9, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Deb n Texas

    Do Republicans really believe in God, because GOD is Love and the Bible teaches us to love one another. I really don't understand this. How could the Republicians say they LOVE God who they have never seen and HATE their fellow man. This is just ridiculous to me.

    October 9, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Jesse

    I think this is a good move for the DNC. However, the DNC must also be careful with how far they go once the GOP finally turns its back to politicians that hold views similar to Rep. King. Otherwise, the Democratic process in our country will be held up with the same "partisan politics" that is plaguing our country right now. I am amazed at how great of a structure for government our founding fathers have put into place, just as much as I am amazed at how well the two party system can work in this structure.

    October 9, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. CHANGE.COM

    About time Democrats have the balls to take on these reactionary nutcases called Republicans. Go get them one by one!

    October 9, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. mjm

    This type of campaigning never works. People see right through it.

    9.8% unemployment, Cap-and-Tax, government takeover of GM and the attempted takeover of health care...not to mention ACORN....

    I think the Republican Party is sitting pretty.

    Rush Limbaugh could run and beat the Democrats with 9.8% unemployment.

    October 9, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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