January 26th, 2010
02:57 PM ET
8 years ago

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. rob

    Pretty funny stuff, sounds like something they dreamed up by the daily Kooks. How about the questions the electorate already asked in Mass., Virg. and NJ:

    1 Do you think the dems and president Obama spent too much time trying to pass unpopular plans like Health care and Cap and trade even though the people have shown no support?

    2 Do you think Dems spent enough time (None) on the economy and Unemployment?

    3 Do you think Pres Obama kept his promis of showing the health Care debate on C Span so we would see the special deals for individual Senators to buy votes or their payoffs to the Unions so they would be exempt from the taxes that many of the public would have to pay?

    4 Do you think calling thousands of Americans racist, stupid and "Tea Baggers" just because they are unhappy with Govt spending and bailouts is called for?

    These questions should be asked in every race this fall.

    Nov. can't come fast enough.

    January 26, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Yes, in some ways Obama is a socialist.....but he is still allowing special interests to take advantage, at the people's expense.

    It doesn't matter whether Obama is a citizen or not....he already has the job.

    Health care is a dead issue, unless the congress is willing to pass National Health Care for all.....and no special privileges for Congress. If everyone deserves good health care, then remove the profiteering and cut the costs, for real, in a government administered health care program for everyone.

    America must return to a position of solvency, or risk being taken over by a foreign power. Part of that, must be a stringent and extensive return to manufacturing at home, and not abroad. It is up to the Congress to pass legislation that would severely penalize Corporations that out source their production, to foreign countries, for goods consumed in the US.

    Social Security and Medicare, should have been modified long ago, into personal retirement accounts, with funds set aside for that purpose. That assures that those who need those benefits, will be able to accumulate funds to pay for them during their working years, without having to have young people pay for retirees. That can still be done.....but no one wants to do it. The Dems just want to take away from the elderly, to give to the poor, many of whom are only poor, because they refuse to work.

    Congress and the judiciary, seem to be able to twist the Constitution around to whatever way of thinking they want to see. Both are as corrupt as the Corporate CEO's in America.

    To return America to where it once was, will require a return to ethical conduct, to championing the cause of right, to fiscal responsibility, and to the concept of winning wars, if we fight them, no matter the consequences to the enemy.

    Law must return to the side of the decent citizen, and no longer be perverted to the advantage of the criminals. Capital punishment must be expanded, and we must stop the prison revolving door. Those who refuse to fit into society, must be removed from it, permanently.

    Lastly, the people must retake America, and stop allowing political machines to take control of the country. We have nothing more than a modified form of a dictatorship, as it is now. Whatever political party is in power, becomes a dictator to the people.

    January 26, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Debby

    Our country is in such bad shape who cares about these stupid questions. As for Obama's BS state of the union tomm. night I'll be watching Criminal Minds.

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

    That's right, the usual tactics of the democrats. We lose on the issues, so lets try and throw mud at the other guy. This is just too funny.

    Next year is going to be a slaughter...

    January 26, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Tom C

    Should have been asking those questions a long time ago. Better late than nevrer

    January 26, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Ken

    – Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen? – We can visit every presidents birthplace, except Mr. Obama's.

    – Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards? The constitution does not grant authority to Congress to force citizens to purchase commercial goods or services.

    – Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place? These programs are nothing more than ponzi schemes, a house of cards that politicians use to purchase votes from the ignorant. They are both financially unsustainable.

    – Do you think President Obama is a socialist? Oh, there are soooo many ways to spin this one. He is certainly not a free market capitalist, and is on a deliberate war path to destroy the single system in the world that has ever lifted people out of poverty.

    – Do you think America should return to a gold standard? Talk about a straw-man talking point. Our politicians would never allow a return to a monetary system that they can not inflate to the detriment of those who save.

    January 26, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Dem who hates dems

    Gold standard and the tenth amendent are "hot-button" issues?

    What about jobs, the economy and the wars we are in. Dems are such weak ambassadors of their own ideas. I think the Dems have the best ideas to fix our problems. But they are the wimpiest bunch of pansy-ass buffoons I have ever seen. And they get worse when they can actually make a difference.

    I honestly believe there is no one left to lead this country. The GOP is part of the Corpocracy and the Dems are bumbling fools. Who do we have left – Palin and the tea party? Oh yeah – theirs a bunch of winners.

    January 26, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. John

    DSCC urges dems to define opponents early

    Yes, put the Republicans on the spot. Force them to spend time and energy distancing themselves from the 'birther' and 'tea-bagger' nut jobs.

    If they can.

    January 26, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. elmerg

    Typical Republican responses –

    – Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?
    "I haven't personally seen a birth certificate..."

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

    – Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?
    "If they benefit me, they aren't Socialism"

    – Do you think President Obama is a socialist?
    "Once again, I haven't seen a birth certificate"

    – Do you think America should return to a gold standard?
    "Hey, is that a young intern over there? Mmmm."

    January 26, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Edwin

    Good luck pinning them down on these issues. If they are any good at their chosen profession, they will do their very best to slip and slide on what they keenly aware are tricky issues.

    January 26, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. all the news that's fit to omit

    Obambi is a citizen, Obambi will HOWEVER not show his college papers or Shelly's, hmmm, wonder why?

    WE ALL WANT reform, find common ground and GET IT PASSED.

    Medicare and other programs are different as PEOPLE that you cowards call teabaggers or as we sane people call veterans, Moms and Dads and Brothers and sisters, ALL PUT INTO THE SYSTEM their whole working life, sorry Barry, you don't get the difference, they EARNED that right to utilize these programs.

    No he is not a socialist, just the most overrated President in our history, who never ran a business, city or state and can barely run his mouth (with a prompter only)

    WE STILL ARE THE GOLD STANDARD, not perfect, but still better than anyone else, and in spite of the apologist in chief.

    "We live in the uh, uh, uh, uh greatest Country in the world, come help me "fix it", his own words during the campaign.

    One and done.

    January 26, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. NVa Native

    The Dems have always been too respectful of the Repubs, while the Repubs only respect punks and thugs. So the best thing the Dems could do for the sake of our country is to "stick it to the man". Shine a bright and bold light on the Repub's slimey side.
    This could take awhile and no one likes to handle the trash, but it would serve the country well to not let anyone, most of all themselves, forget who and what the Repubs have become ~ a group of angry old minded people blinded by selfish greed and mis-guided fear. The "Me First" crowd.

    January 26, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Kaitlin from PA

    I'm still not sure the DSCC gets it.

    I don't think it's so much about defining the opponent as defining the candidate and running a good campaign with an excellent field operation. Coakley was a poor candidate who ran a poor campaign.

    I am concerned for my local congressional race this year. We have a great democratic candidate, but the DCCC wants to take over the campaign. I am concerned we will see another failed campaign.

    You can't just bring in people from all over the country to a local campaign. It's important to have local people working on the campaign too – people who know people, who know the area – that's very important to operate a good field operation.

    The DSCC and DCCC also need to realize it's not JUST about party.

    And if we really still need to worry about so many people believing President Obama is not a US citizen, then we are doomed. That's sad.

    January 26, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. t22

    Yes, go negative early. Blame everything on Bush. That will get you lots of votes.

    January 26, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Jim

    I agree with these ideas. the Republicans have been attacking the Democrats for trying to solve problems without really offering any solutions of their own. They have no solutions, they are only intent on getting power back.

    January 26, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. GaryB

    As someone who has spent most of their career in the advertising industry, I think the Democrats would be wasting their time with most of these questions. Instead, they should ask questions that, by default, put their own programs in a positive light and make the person answering seem downright unamerican if they disagree (the kind of thing that Karl Rove was great at).

    For instance...

    The economic stimulus package provided a tax credit for working families. Did you oppose the stimulus package and therefore oppose the tax credit?

    The economic stimulus package extended unemployment benefits to people who had lost their jobs. Did you oppose the stimulus package and oppose exteneding unemployment benefits.

    The effects of the economic stimulus package have been slowed because we let the states provide maximum input in how the money would be spent. Do you oppose state's rights?

    January 26, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. gary davis harbor oregon

    about time you get your act together .. or its your own problem if you don't get re elected or first time run .. get with the president and bring back our rights and go after the purist party of NO 🙂

    wake up america we have an opertunity to get it right . vote for the people not the CEO'S AND THE PURIST REPUBLICANS

    January 26, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Jon

    Of COURSE Obama is a US citizen. I still don't believe he was BORN here though, which means he's legal for a senator, but not for president.

    Socialism? If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck – it's a duck.

    January 26, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. johnrj08

    It's about time. I would also add a question about global warming to this list, as well as whether or not the candidate accepts the theory of evolutionary.

    January 26, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Disgruntled Independent

    It's going to take more than just fancy speeches, which is all Obama has delivered.

    This is not the "change" I voted for.

    January 26, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Beverly in NC

    AMEN – it's about time to push the Republicans to the wall on forcing them to answer the most basic of questions. They obviously have NO answers or ideas for anything since they all they have done this year is tell lies and constantly criticize everything President Obama says or does.

    When you have nothing to offer – you try to take the focus off your incompetence by criticizing others and taking no stand on any issue.

    Republicans are bankrupt – no leaders, no solutions, no interest in the middle class, no concern for the economic welfare for our country and a single mob mentality thought – VOTE NO ON EVERYTHING NO MATTER WHO IT HURTS BECAUSE WE WANT THE NATION AND PRESIDENT OBAMA TO FAIL.

    Here's a fact for those of you who still fall for Republican lies that have been shut out – in past legislatures – the normal delay process on bills open for discussion is about 6%. This year under Republican obstructionism – 70% of all bills have gone through extensive delays, most procedural game-playing. Republicans held up unemployment insurance extension for 4 weeks causing Americans to go without their checks for 2 weeks – and then most Republicans then voted for it. The delay was a game just to make Democrats look weak – but all it did was hurt Americans out of work. Think Republicans cared???

    Wake up and look at the votes – Republicans have done NOTHING for the People all year. All their focus has been on protecting the banks who stabbed the taxpayers in the back, the insurance companies who kill Americans every day by refusing to approve treatment the person paid their premiums to get, and are most interested in the large company buddies who are rich, white, and pay them for their votes.

    Democrats do need to get tough. No more wasted time trying to get Republicans to do anything to help America recover. Expose Republicans for the liars and hate and fear mongers they are. Expose their support of racist extremist groups like the absurd "tea baggers" who insinuate threats to President Obama. Notice all these nutjobs are white, older, and primarily ignorant. They cannot even discern facts from ridiculous conspiracy theories made up on the fly by the FOX fools.

    Democrats ARE the Party of the People and they have the work this year to prove it. Look at all the legislation they passed this year- ALL for the PEOPLE.

    Come on Republicans – what DO you stand for? NOTHING! Not denouncing racism, lies, and fake fear is the same thing as supporting it.

    January 26, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. russinmaine

    Now tell me of these five points to work hard on, which ones will be actually helping the American people and which one are intended to help the Democratic candidates personal political goals? I think that if one answers that question truthfully, there is no question that they did not get the message of the people in the Mass vote. Incurable self indulgence and arrogance at its core!

    January 26, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Steve (the real one)

    "Given the pressure Republican candidates feel from the extreme right in their party."
    Good thing the extreme left does not pressure their candidates. But I wonder why quite a few blue dogs not seeking re-election. Could it be pressure from the extreme left?? Between the pressure and the payoffs, exactly where is the room to talk?

    January 26, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Dickson

    These are the questions or follow up questions our reporters need to be asking. Most of the time an elected official or political pundit will say something that is simply wrong or at least bent to their point of view
    ( right or left ) and the interviewer does not follow up with a question that makes them explain themselves. Most Americans are too lazy to check the fact for themselves, and we all suffer from information that is at best sketchy. Ask the tough questions...Get America Back...

    January 26, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Linda C in Cal

    THE DSCC FORGOT TO ADD THIS TO THEIR "HOT-BUTTON ISSUES" What were Obama's SAT and LSAT scores and your GPA at graduation from Columbia without ever releasing any test scores or transcripts? Obama has been proclaimed as "probably the smartest guy ever to become president" by a liberal presidential historian. So what exactly were Obama's test scores and grades? Did Obama take any economics courses? Was Obama's SAT score higher than 1206, which was President Bush's score?

    January 26, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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