January 26th, 2010
02:57 PM ET
4 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. Wanda in Montana

    Good idea! Make these far-right candidates say out loud that they're stupid.

    When you stand in the light of day and declare that you think President Obama is a socialist who was born in Kenya and we should never have had those socialistic programs like social security and medicare, you look like a fool.

    January 26, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. GET TOUGH!

    Oh, yes, and keep bailing...

    "Do you believe Barack Obama is a US citizen?" LOL! Are you really going with that as your campaign strategy. hahahaha

    January 26, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Blutarski

    Sounds like someone is scared. Good, the cats out of the bag, and America now realizes you are all full of crap.

    January 26, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Laverne

    Exactly! Get a back bone or back out!

    January 26, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. kg6jji

    NOT relavent for citizens to know if a Senator or Congressman believes:

    1. Whether or not SS and Medicare represents socialism. The fact is, they're already instituted. Answer not required.

    2. Prez O is a socialist. The fact is, his work, deeds, and words speak for him. Answer not required.

    All of these are trick questions and should not even be addressed. We need to move forward, not backwards with tricks.

    What is needed is for our young people to make good decisions in their lives.

    Prez O's mom made bad decisions for herself. Did she go to school and work hard to get a degree? Did she weigh in as to who she was dating and marrying? Could this be why she had no medical benefits? Could this be why she had a bad life? Are we now to pay for her mistakes? Why do we have to pay for her mistakes and others who make the same mistakes?

    We need to get the gangs off the streets and back into school to work and be productive members of our country. This should go for everyone who just don't feel like working at anything. No workie; no eaty.

    Messages need to go to those who think they can just do nothing all day long and to those who feel entitled to have what they see others have that they don't - because they themselves refuse to put forth effor and sacrifice to work for what they want.

    Those who have nice lives work very hard for what they have and sacrifice other things in their lives to get through school to get good grades and good jobs and provide for themselves and their familes.

    What? You think those who are doctors, and engineers, and teachers, etc thougt it was great fun to work hard to get good grades in school? No, they sacrificed; they pushed themselves to get through what they had to do, to do the right thing. Many people have held down full-time jobs while still going to school. Yes, it's difficult; but it's necessary to build a good life.

    Enough is enough!

    January 26, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. in AK

    again, democrats getting desparate! they know, the americans know, that they stand with obama on all of his policies, 100%! they are going to try everything! But Americans now know better, come November!

    January 26, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Nick , California

    I would love to hear the Republicans answer these questions!

    January 26, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. steven rothacker

    these are all easy questions. 1 no, since he refuses to show his birth certificate 2-4 yes

    January 26, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. P.J.

    Take a minute to read through this thing. Three of Four of the questions are basically "do you believe socialism is socialism". That and whether or not we should go back to a gold standard. If this is what they think the election is going to come down to, wacked out ideas, they are out of touch.

    January 26, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. NC

    Why don't republicans propose stopping Medicare and Social Security? We all know who receives the most benefit from the 2 entitlement programs, it's republicans of course. All of the rallies and town hall meetings this past summer showed nothing but republicans that did not want HCR passed because they were afraid they might lose some of their free Medicare benefits. How about some of their stay at home moms that home school the kids. They never work a day in their life for pay but still get Medicare and Social Security. Talk about Welfare and freeloading, republicans are 1st. in line.

    January 26, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Brian, NJ

    They should ask Repubs if they think public education, student loans, taxpayer funded police and fire departments, and the military industrial complex reliant upon tax dollars represent socialism.

    January 26, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This is where we stand as an 'educated' nation asking currently serving congressmen if they believe that the POTUS is a citizen. What on earth is wrong with this picture, when this is the first question on the list. I, however, STRONGLY urge Dems running for office to pinpoint their Rep opponents with this idiotic question so that their opponent may be seen by the rest of the country for what they really are, besides stupid that is.

    January 26, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    So glad the DSCC, is believeing the liberal spin that opponents of Obozo and the libertards are wacko racists. They truly, truly do not get it and I hope they don't before it whacks them right in the eyes. I think I will make a list to ask Democratic candidates. First question do you believe members of the TEA party are rabid, wacko, neanderthal racists like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid?

    January 26, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. It has begun

    What does any of those questions have to do with the ECONOMY STUPID???!!!!

    January 26, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Dwayne

    Hahahahaha..... Instead of giving good policy and ideas, the democrats strategy is to make Republicans look like bad alternatives. Thats what they ran on in 2008–now they have full control of the government and they are still running as if they have no power? Bad strategy!

    January 26, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Ranjit

    Rather than giving a democratic platform with people's issue and concerns, democrats are busy trying to play "Gotcha you" game. Good luck

    January 26, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Jeff

    You have got to be kidding. This is stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Richard - Missouri

    Easy. The answer is 'yes' to all the above. Anyone who answers 'yes' to such questions will score a knock-out against their Dumbocrat opponents, who are socialists (actually, they are lower than that – they are simply using government spending to buy votes!).

    January 26, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    They just do not get it do they folks? This fall's election is NOT going to be about party, the anger is not at democrats only, it is both of the major parties, and it is NOT about liberal and conservative. We the people do not care about any of the politics. What we want is honest straight forward representation of the people rights before the corporation’s needs that you politicians are so beholding to for your campaign funding. We want our taxes lowered, we want JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, we need the US dollar to have value, and you all seem to be too much in bed with the Corporations that are doing everything possible to enslave us. You were sworn to up hold the US Constitution; you swore to protect the people’s right to the pursuit of happiness. How about a little less representing the Special interest groups and doing a lot more about helping this nation’s people?

    January 26, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Lilarose in Oregon

    Wouldn't it be great if our politicians were interested in helping Americans rather than politicking.

    I get so sick of it. I will probably not follow politics next election. Save my sanity.

    January 26, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Steph

    They should also ask if they believe people accepting government assistance (welfare, medicare, social security, student loans, unemployment compensation, etc...) are "stray animals" and should starve to death so they can't possibly breed.

    January 26, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. single mom

    Well, it was only a matter of time before the Dems copied the right-wing Republicans and issued their own Test of Purity.

    Is there time for a viable third party to gain traction before the November elections?

    January 26, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. T'SAH from Virginia

    If Democrats have the balls to ask these questions – we will survive. And they should ask them CONSTANTLY so that PEOPLE will be reminded about the RACIST town hall meetings – the threats against President Obama – the far-right bigot statements and the MONKEYing around!!!

    This ALONE will remind those who have SHORT TERM MEMORY- whether they are Independents or Democrats – that the RepubliCAN'Ts who want to LEAN towards these far-right TEA-BAGGERS; the Glen BECKys and Rush LIMBAUGHerCHEESES; the racist SC Lt. Governors with his "STRAY ANIMAL” statement – that they are LOSERS and the majority of Americans do not THINK or want to ACT the way they do!!

    January 26, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Jane/Seattle

    I think Democrats need to figure out exactly where they stand first. Then they need to reclaim the message by exposing the crazy lies of the Republicans who just run their mouths overtime everyday with the constantly repeated Lies! Democrats need to attack instead of always playing defense!

    WHAT WE HAVE NOW IS "SOCIALIZED LOSSES" AND "PRIVATIZED Profits" (Thom Hartmann). This is not how Capitalism is designed to work. If a Company takes overly high Risks and Fails, they OUGHT to go down just as any citizen would have to do. TOO BIG TO FAIL IS TOO BIG TO EXIST. Without REGULATION THESE CAPITALISTS WILL JUST KEEP SCREWING UP AND WE WILL GET STUCK PAYING FOR THEIR "Socialized Losses" as we are now seeing NONE of their Profits. This whole thing is NOT Socialism as designed. It is Corporate Hegemony that refuses to take responsibility for it's own Failures! The Dems need to separate themselves from this mess and Help We The People! It is OUR Money you are Wasting on the already Rich! And We ARE Enraged at the Nerve You Display And Your Contempt for US – the Working Poor, The Middle Class and the Poverty-Striken. How Dare You LIE and think the Truth will be Confused and we'll Never Notice? Sign me, A Real Progress-ive.

    January 26, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. grrace

    Start with the "don't feed stray animals" comment. That pretty much sums up the "feelings" of the Republican/Conservative/Independent/Teabagger Party.

    January 26, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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