January 26th, 2010
02:57 PM ET
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DSCC urges dems to define opponents early

The DSCC is urging the party's 2010 candidates to definte their Republican opponents early.
The DSCC is urging the party's 2010 candidates to definte their Republican opponents early.

(CNN) – In the wake of the surprising Massachusetts special election result last week, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is urging the party's 2010 candidates to define their Republican opponents early.

"Given the pressure Republican candidates feel from the extreme right in their party, there is a critical - yet time-sensitive –opportunity for Democratic candidates," a DSCC memo, obtained by CNN, states. "We have a finite window when Republicans candidates will feel susceptible to the extremists in their party. Given the urgent nature of this dynamic, we suggest an aggressive effort to get your opponents on the record."

Specifically, the DSCC wants Democratic candidates to pin down their likely opponents on several hot-button issues, including:

- Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?
- Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?
- Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?
- Do you think President Obama is a socialist?
- Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

Full memo [PDF]

– CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


Filed under: DSCC
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Voice of Reason

    These are ridiculous hot-button issues, it's as bad as the republicans asking candidates about abortion and gay marriage. The simple truth is that people running for office dont believe that we (the votors) are smart enough to hear their positions on real things like the economy, the cost of housing, or rising unemployment. They dont think the votors will get excited enough by important issues that affect daily lives.

    They would rather ask stupid questions about conspiracy theories and slippery-slope arguments. They would rather convince us that some minor issue can really polarize a nation – so we sheeple can vote in our politicians like it's the season finale of 'American Idol'.

    There is no lack of dishonesty and disrespect to go around – no one party is more guilty than the other. I just wish we could actually have honest people run campaigns based on real issues. C'mon – Give us a shred of credit here, puh-leeze!

    January 26, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Jimmy James

    Don't forget to have Ellie Light write in to all the local editorials. She is a resident of every city and apparently only a newspaper in Cleveland checks it's sources. She sticks to Obamas talking points. She can help with the democrats confusing, out of touch message. Oh and don't forget to blame Bush for everything and ignore whatever the public thinks, you are smarter than them and know what they need.

    Add that to the checklist.

    January 26, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. File under "Sarcasm"

    All show and no substance as usual.

    How about the questions that the voters want answers to,

    "How will you help create jobs and get the economy moving?"
    "How will you help reduce the deficit that will kill our future growth?"
    "How will you target our resources for our benefit rather than on foreign political agendas?
    "How will you help keep us safe from terrorism?"

    So far the Democrats have failed to answer those questions adequately.

    January 26, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. dstay

    Go for it dems. You all please keep going down this same road of liberal mind-set and policies, and please keep Pelosi, Reid, Gibbs, & Obama at the front of the herd. The GOP will take back our country this fall! Cannot wait.

    January 26, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. notfooledbydistractions

    Good job DSCC, make them defend their irrational beliefs and paint them as the looney consiracy theorists they are. We deserve better.

    January 26, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. lifelong democrat

    DSCC should learn the meaning of the word "SHUTUP". I cannot believe DSCC is all about party even if they have to divide this country. This country is already deeply divided, but there's one thing that unite the people regardless of their political affiliation; OVER TAXATION AND BIG GOVERNMENT. WE THE PEOPLE are ALL against it.

    What destroys the Democrat Party? Only four words entered my mind; CORRUPTION and ABUSE OF POWER. My party is still blind to the fact, many of us lifelong democrats will either stay at home this November or vote against our party. There's no spin pundits, extreme liberal media or big bosses of the DNC can do to change it. This November election would be a bloodbath, my party will lose and lose big. They've no idea even lifelong democrats won't put up with their corruption and abuse of power, how much more independent voters and moderate? My party is all about control, this lifelong democrat is all about MY COUNTRY; that's the difference between them and US.

    January 26, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Dutch the Great

    If democratic candidates ask those "hot button issue questions," republicans wouldn't stand a chance in hell of winning. There is so much Tea Bagger footage comparing the POTUS to a socialist. So any republican candidate that is aligned with the Tea Party movement, get ready to get your socks blown off. What part of minority don't you people understand?

    January 26, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Eugene, Tampa

    Nice to see we're back to politics as usual by both sides. Arguably the saddest part of this article is that most Americans will focus on these answers and not the issues.

    Best bet for all of us, Dem or Rep is to vote out the incumbent in the next election. How much worse could a new face do? Time for the government to be afraid of the people and not the other way around.

    January 26, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Objective Thinking

    Campaigning AGAINST your opponent instead of FOR your constituents = negative campaigning. McCain, Coakley, and others have lost because the people are getting sick of negative campaigning. Negative campaigning only proves you're out to win for YOURSELF, not for the PEOPLE.

    January 26, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?

    Sure–but I don't much care.

    Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?

    Absolutely yes.

    Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?

    Technically, they're not socialism–in theory, they're funded by their beneficiaries through taxes on those beneficiaries–but since the funding isn't sufficient, they've become entitlements, which very much are socialist in nature. And, no, they should not have been created in the first place. Not only are they economically unsustainable in the long run, they're a violation of the Tenth Amendment.

    Do you think President Obama is a socialist?

    At heart, yes.

    Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

    Yes
    ----–

    Are these questions supposed to be traps of some sort? Like answering them the "wrong" way means you're a total scum, or a flaming, far-right, radical, extremist, or something?

    January 26, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Dan

    A set of relatively idiotic questions, stressing some marginal groups.
    Should the republicans stress issues like:
    -Do you believe president Bush planned the 9/11 attack!

    There are extreme fringe elements on all sides. The problem is that the administration is not caring about most of Americans and does not want to listen to them. (The approach of not listening to the people is indicative of certain regimes and not the most democratic ones, and everyone will conclude whatever they want about this administration– no need to tag failures!! it is enough to recognize it !!!!!)

    January 26, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Darko

    Wow, they make it sound like returning to a gold standard is a bad thing.

    Fiat currency ruined the country and has made us slaves to the banking industry. If you didn't believe it before, this past year should have cleared up any doubts and to who controls things.

    The 10th amendment specifically bars Congress from doing it. It specifically gives that power to the states. Massachusetts and Hawaii are examples. (not very positive examples, but examples none the less)

    January 26, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Melinda

    These. Are. Stupid. Questions. Do Dems think they win with these types of idiotic questions? My advice to the GOP ( for what it is worth ) ignore these stupid questions from the Dems and put a platform together that is positive. If the Dems keep doing ridiculous stuff like this, you may not even need a platform. Just run by saying'" have you heard what the other side is talking about?" HA..HA..HA

    January 26, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. tess

    i think the dscc already knows the answers to these questions – yes the american people are now distrustful of everything o'bama! you can try to make us say that it is because of petty things like citizenship which makes people look nuts ( which is what they are trying for) or you can deal with the true issues! they are doing everything they can to distract from their real problems but this time it is NOT GOING TO WORK!!!!

    January 26, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. BK

    This is a good idea. Get these people on the record of where they stand. This will certainly expose the looney tunes.

    January 26, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. M Andrews

    I think that most Americans age 18 to 35 are so under-educated that they BELIVE the lies and scare tactics of the far right!

    I believe that most Americans don't have the education to understand the working of our goverment or the importance of a central government! "How great it would be with NO CENTRAL GOVERNMENt and NO TAXES they say!"

    Think–if you drive from state A to state B–the rules of the road would change, basic laws would be different. When you buy a baby seat–there would be no way of knowing if it were safe or would harm the baby worse than the accident itself!
    IF you had to buy anti-biotics you wouldn't know if it WAS an anti-biotic OR baking powder! There would be NO controls and the companies would make more money if they used baking powder! (THAT is the Basic Republican way–companies have complete freedom!)

    Social Security and Medicare would be solvent if the idiot congress would allow for BIDDING for the medicine and allow Americans to buy their drugs over-seas. Europeans can do it!

    THERE is to be COMPLETE SEPARATION of Religion from the Government!

    MY feelings!

    January 26, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. liberal wingnut

    That is all CNN talks about is the extreme right. What about the extreme left that is running our country into the ground today?

    January 26, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Mississippi Mrs.

    It is enough for conservatives that Obama was born, therefore he is. Therefore he seeks government power. Therefore we will vote him out, oh and yes he is a socialist. The problem is that many Americans either do not know what that means or either they think that it is a good thing. By all mean open up the discussions.

    If you want a hand-up VOTE for a Conservative.
    If you want a hand-out VOTE for a Liberal.

    January 26, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Stop the Nonsense

    If Democrats can't counter those questions, they don't deserve to be elected. Thos have to be the most ridiculous issues I've ever seen!
    Answer them with the same type of stupidity.
    If what has been shown on Obama isn't sufficient, prove ANYONE is an American Citizen.
    The Tenth Amendment has no bearing on Congress's right to make laws on finance. The issue has been made mute by states taking money from the fed for healthcare.
    Find me a family who does not have a member that has not used these services- more importantly, those that needed Social Security and Medicare to survive.
    Ask the person that call Obama a Socialist what a Socialist is. Most people can't answer the question correctly.
    The Gold standard would be great. My net worth would be about 10 cents. I wonder what others people's would be under that change in our money's value. You think we had a Reccession recently? Wait – if this goes through, it will be 2100 before this country could come close to recovery

    January 26, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. gt

    thats a desperate and stupid idea.... all you are doing is getting in a second grade name calling contest,,, please,,, what a pathedic idea..

    January 26, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Todd

    People vote on emotion. Democrats need to get MARKETING PROFESSIONALS like the republicons have. Sad as it is politics works that way in a commercial culture. The Democrats are right on almost every issue, but that doesn't mean squat if voters have their heads filled with lies from the minority party.

    January 26, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Willy Brown

    What you progressive going to do? Yell "It's Bush's fault" louder...

    January 26, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Terry from West Texas

    The Conservative Party (Republicans) leadership depends on racists, conspiracy theorists, and nut-cases for many victories. That is not to say that all Conservatives are racists or lunatics, but many of them are. In a close race, they provide the margin of victory. That is why Conservative rhetoric never ever ever challenges racism, asserts that the holocaust really happened, etc. They need those people.

    Conservatism is not a nice philosophy. The people who benefit from it are a very small, very wealthy group. The people who are hurt by it are the entire middle class and the entire lower class. Conservatism loves nut-cases because they vote based on whether they think you agree with them that the government is killing honeybees in an effort to punish southern farmers for slavery.

    Conservative rhetoric is filled with wink-and-nod phrases like "states' rights" which really mean (to the true believer) "resegregate the southern states" and "stop flouridating the water."

    January 26, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Dan

    Yes, Barack Obama is a US citizen. Congress cannot force people to pay for health care. Yes, Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, it's irrelevent whether or not they should have ever been created. Yes, President Obama is a socialist. It's a little late to return to the gold standard, eh ? What do I win ?

    January 26, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. diridi

    it is not the mess created by Dems. It is the one created by Reps. just concentrate on economy, Health care...again, do not lose the grip. Nothing you are doing wrong. Always, think, fighting for people is the right notion. ok. .Fight for health care....one senator's win should not be deciding factor for 300 million americans...ok, and energy efficiency...and Bring back Industrial sector, than construction sector. ok...good luck...

    January 26, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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