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. The Constitutionalist

    If they need to get their opponents on record with all of these questions to trap them and make them flip-flop, would it be fair for a republican or third party candidate to ask the democratic candidate where exactly in the Constitution is the federal government mandated or granted the authority to provide or regulate healthcare? I think they're actually on to something with that question about the 10th Amendment. For those of you who obviously haven't read it: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

    January 26, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. jimmm

    The do need to get tough. Here is one that Coakly in Mass missed:

    -Why are we closing Gitmo? Answer, because Al Queda is using it as a recruiting tool. Does that mean that if you support keeping Gitmo open that you support terrorists? Could be perceived that way.

    January 26, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    Please dems, Please focus on those 5 questions that solve no ones concerns about the ECOMONY! Keep proving how out of touch you are! You STILL don't understand it is the ECOMONY! Your five little questions DO NOT address the issues on the minds of the majority of Americans, THE ECONOMY! You would do well to introduce the person who created this nonsense to the door but hey I'm not a liberal so do what you want!

    January 26, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Jane

    Desperation at it's finest. Elected officials should listen to what the peple want not what they want or think is best for us. If you have an agenda all your own or what your party wants you to do get ready to find another job. Congress and the President are elected by and work for the people..not the other way around. I am tired of the "we know what is best for you" attitude when they put special interest groups and themselves above those that elected them. The interview with Obama last night made me puke...guy is sitting there with his all about him attitude –I seriously believe he thinks the whole country evolves around him and his and his merrymen in congress. He will go down in history as the worst president ever–destroying the very principals and hard work that made this country great.

    January 26, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Michael Copeland Sydnor

    When will the Democrats realize they have really won the race on policy with the election in Massachusetts with Senator-elect Scott Brown? His win proves that moderate Democrats want liberal-to-moderate Republicans to advocate for state rights: with universal healthcare insurance benefits for Edward Kennedy's state; with same-sex marriage rights for his state; with balance budget requirements and line-item vetos by the governor and legislature of his state. So, the state Brown was elected to represent is not going to let him forget who he replaced to bring the right-wing Republicans back to the table and not a GOP of "No" that continues to support the "inherited" fiascal created by Bush-Cheney and the GOP.

    January 26, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Terry

    It's funny and kind of sad to see how frantic and quite pathetic the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is. By writing these kinds of things to divide us (the people) instead of using their time and effort to thinking of useful strategies to help our nation be the best it can be. By the way, it is not the Republicans who you need to be asking these questions, it is the american people............and I think they answered with thier HISTORIC vote in Massachusetts.

    January 26, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. S.B.

    Those questions seem pretty ridiculous to me, but I guess there are a lot of the far righters who think that way. I especially don't understand the concern about whether or not something is socialism. Almost every government in the world, including ours, has some programs that might be considered socialistic, but are very successful programs. Why worry about a label; let's be more concerned about what the programs do. I think a lot of people really don't understand what the word socialism means, and many equate it with communism which is a whole different ballgame. People like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh like to stir people up by throwing these terms around meaninglessly. It's too bad some people believe everything these guys say.

    January 26, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Mr. Strat

    1. Maybe – we still don't know for sure.

    2. Yes

    3. No

    4. Definitely

    5. Maybe

    January 26, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. T Gail Lawson

    If you ask any Republican where I live [Georgia] anything about Obama you will get a negative response-so how can these poles be accurate unless you determine their political persuasion.
    Georgia is highly Republican despite the poverty. Many have no health insurance. Two of my dearest friends were appalled that I voted for Obama. Even in Church people are against Obama and don't mind saying so.
    I recently became an American [was Canadian] I am for Obama all the way.

    January 26, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Albert K. L.A., CA

    If they say Obama is a socialist then make them explain why they think a socialist would use aggressive fiscal policies (government spending) to save Capitalism rather than let it die from the self-inflected wounds caused by Reaganomics which allowed the unbridled corporate crooks to loot the poorly regulated financial institutions?

    January 26, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. TCM

    that's it DSCC – keep driving the nails in your own coffin. The vast amount of TRUE Americans, the majority of this country doubt the validity of Obama's claim to be a US citizen. He's proven himself to be a liar, even to liberal causes! So, go ahead and spew this same campaign rhetoric....and you'll lose big, and rightfully so. The democrats have put the country further into debt than Bush and all previous presidents combined...where's that on your list of questions and attack plans? Shallow, empty-headed people...you liberals are!

    January 26, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Gary Penley

    Another question to add: Do you believe that Barack Obama was, is, or will ever be, qualified to be President of the United States?

    January 26, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Rob, Ohio

    An interesting look at how Democrats think. I think it's not going to work, given that they still refuse to ackknowledge/realize/accept that they are NOT the people's party, but what the heck.

    Also, I imagine there is something similar from Republicans urging them to continue to take advantage of the most liberal from more moderate Democrats...even with a solid majority they can't agree on things! Pretty sad.

    January 26, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Reny

    Dems are weak and scared.

    January 26, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Yippie

    This is another example that Politics is a sick game. NOTHING in the effort behind this memo seeks to improve individual lives of the citizens and occupants of this country.

    January 26, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Yes. No. No. Yes. No.

    January 26, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Dave

    And so what is wrong with the gold standard. Part of the problem in the first place is the Fed creating money backed by nothing.

    January 26, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Right Leaning Independent

    My questions to Dem candidates would be "How many entitlements are the poor entitled too?" I mean why stop with health care? Lets give all the poor a free car, home, wide screen tv, a nice boat, a million bucks.... Get a grip folks and understand that the poor in the US would be considered upper middle class in many other countries! A helping hand is what the poor need – Not a hand out!!

    January 26, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Kevin

    Yeah! Good old dirt slinging again. Let's not listen to the American people and their needs, let's try and get the public eye off us and pass the buck for our failings! Way to go Democrats!!

    Why don't both parties put the needs of the citizens of this nation ahead of their own personal agendas?

    January 26, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. sara

    Do you believe leaving The Tax Cuts, The Medicare Advantage Program and 2 Wars UNFUNDED AND UNPAID FOR was a way to Cut the Deficits.?

    And were they worried about the Deficits for 8 years, while they recieved taxpayers backed Paychecks for using our government as their own personal bank accounts, and showed up without working for the American people for 8 years?

    January 26, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    the democRATS just dont jet it..................

    how in the world would those 5 things matter to voters..........

    they just dont jet it.........

    how do these issues move the US forward.......they dont, just like the democratic party....they just hold "their seats" and around and around we go

    personal attacks, no solutions, special interest, lobbyist, corruption, tax, spend, tax, backdoor deals, iran still lookin for nukes, tax, vacations on my dime, and on and on and on

    why are they so scared to lost their majority, its it because their agenda is so far off mainstream that without the dictatorship nothing, and i mean nothing, will ever get passed.....yeah pretty much

    weep for our future

    PS..........hold on to your wallet
    uncle sam will reach up your shirt grab your tahit and squeeze until it turns purple

    prove me wrong......................see cant

    January 26, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Albert K. L.A., CA

    If they demand to see Obama’s birth certificate, tell them to first show those college transcripts of Palin the quitter who transferred five times over six years to four different colleges in three different states before she finally finished a non-rigorous four year degree in “communications.”

    January 26, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Oompa Loompa

    Is President Obama a "socialist"? Hell yes he is! So is the leadership of the Democratic Party. What's so revelating that a republican agreeing needs to be part of the record? Between the lines I read the democrats are devising more lies and mis-truths about who they really are, and what they plan to do. Sneaky bunch of bas^%$ds! The republicans are doing the same and are no better. It will be interesting to see what tney come up with as their party line mantras. I say vote them all out and let's take our country back.

    January 26, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Fed Up

    I don't think it matters who the opponents are. I have a feeling that any incumbent is going to be unemployed after the election. With any luck, that is.

    January 26, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Jack

    OK Dems here's what you have to do: The Repubs are saying this freeze on spending is a nice gesture but doesn't go far enough. They say we need to tackle the entitlement budgets. Just let people know that the Repubs want to cut social security, cut medicare, trim the military budget, and cut back on homeland security. Let's see how many tea baggers are willing to give up part of their social security or medicare. The Repubs will deny this. They will say they only want "reform." Reform is a euphemism for cuts.

    January 26, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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