June 29th, 2010
10:49 AM ET
4 years ago

DNC looks for another 'macaca' moment

Former Sen. George Allen was taped in 2006 using a slur at a campaign event. The DNC is launching a new website designed to capture similar moments.
Former Sen. George Allen was taped in 2006 using a slur at a campaign event. The DNC is launching a new website designed to capture similar moments.

Washington (CNN) – A new website run by the Democratic National Committee designed to aggregate video footage of Republican candidates on the campaign trail is scheduled to make its debut Tuesday.

A part of the DNC's "Accountability Project," the site will be "devoted to citizens uploading content from political events including audio and video – a central resource to hold Republicans accountable," DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse in a statement.

Users will be encouraged to upload videos of Republican candidates – for both the 2010 midterm races and the 2012 presidential election – recorded on the campaign trail, as well as campaign literature and mailings.

The site will "increase the number of people out there who with nothing more than a smart phone at hand can hold Republicans accountable for what they say on the campaign trail," Woodhouse said.

The launch will be announced Tuesday in an e-mail to supporters from DNC Research Directory Shauna Daly, who will site the example of former Republican Sen. George Allen's use of a slur caught on tape at a 2006 campaign event as the kind of video being sought.

That incident, and the fallout that followed, contributed to the election of Democratic Sen. Jim Webb.


Filed under: 2010 • DNC
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. PORAY

    A website? We need a full TV network to document the crap that comes out of the mouth of the republicans

    June 29, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. JM

    So telling that instead of talking about what your candidates will do for the american people, that you'd rather look for ways to distort comments.

    June 29, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. MikefromWV

    This strategy will be a big part of how democrat's can win in November. Couple that with a huge grassroots effort to exciting the base and things can turn around for the dem's. Find ways to get the young people involved again. Let them get out and organize small rallies all around the country. Let them know how important they will be to the overall efforts.

    June 29, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. malabar

    Hahaha, either party doing this is hilarious and hypocritical as there are incidents of this nature attributable to both parties. but dems doing this? i thought repubs were supposed to b the negative hypocrites. . . either way, funny stuff

    June 29, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. DaveinDenver

    And the GOP doesn't have to do this because they have Biden on national videos making stupid comments daily. Except I didn't see that last one in Wis. on CNN, but I did on most other sources.

    June 29, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. John

    Maybe a little less focus on "gotcha politics" and a little more focus on getting things done... Just a suggestion. Why worry about someone saying something stupid unless you don't have anything productive to say yourself???

    June 29, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. yolanda

    How low can you go? Why not put your efforts toward something constructive? This is like watching two little spoiled kids fight......

    June 29, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Marge

    With nothing but trash coming from republicans that will be darn easy to do.

    June 29, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Jeff in Virginia

    Way to go CNN. You've taken the launching of a group that is here to help provide accountability and cast it as a desperate hunt for political dirt.

    The simple truth here is that every politician needs to act as if they are being recorded at every moment.

    June 29, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Stacie

    Just put pictures of all the Republicans with the big stimulus checks they happily accepted after they voted against it and claimed the stimulus was the worst thing to ever happen to this country.

    June 29, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. MPATEL

    This is very cheap idea, DNC. This shows, how low you Democrates can go. I am an Indian, live in Virginia, and fully support George Allen. He is very good person and was instrumental in writing nuclear deal with India, which is going to help India in getting nuclear fuel for future nuclear power plants. Know that he does not hate Indians or India. It was the mistake he made and he already has apologised. DNC has no business to turn Indians against Republicans. By the way, Republicans gave one Governor (Bobby Jindal) and another potential Governor (Nickey Haley in S.C.), while so far Democrates haven't given any high profile position to any Indian. Look at Allen's work and not at his words.

    June 29, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Search in Virginia........

    It's not very hard acomplishing this goal.................thanks to our Virginia Governor and his ignorant perception of civil war history.

    June 29, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. rob

    Lets all say this together:

    DESPERATION

    June 29, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. jim

    Fantastic. Another platform for the politics of personal destruction rather than for discussion of policy. It's sad that the vocal minority on both the left and right so ably hijack debates, and the rest of us allow it. We as citizens need to be diligent about encouraging the discussion of ideas and discouraging personal attacks. A bad politician does not need to be destroyed by personal attacks; he/she can be destroyed for having bad ideas.

    June 29, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Anonymous

    This isn't politics- this is sensationalistic journalism.
    Shame on you Democrats- you're acting like Republicans.

    June 29, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Editor Alert!

    "site the example"? I think you mean "cite," CNN.

    Please rehire your editing staff because the vast majority of your articles have simple grammatical mistakes like that one.

    June 29, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Steve (the real one)

    Are they looking within the DNC? That would be a great place to start. Interesting name the DNS Accountability project.. when are they going to start holding the DNCaccountable?

    June 29, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Blaum

    Ha HA HA!!!!

    universal Health Care Reform....

    Closing Getmo......

    Iraq......

    can we post video of Obama's campaign...... you know... to hold HIM accountable....?

    idiots.

    June 29, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Connecticutian

    Somehow, I think they mean "gotcha" instead of "accountability", but whatever, people should be able to stand behind their words. So I think it would be cool – and only fair and honorable – for people to upload video of Dem gaffes as well.

    June 29, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Pat F

    Let's hold potty-mouthed VP Bite-me to the same standards.

    But I guess with an IQ as limited as his, dirty words are all he can come up with.

    June 29, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. BigLaser

    Great idea! Hold them all accountable! Especially that LIAR Obama, of wait, he's a Dem, probably wont be posted....How about the DNC raise the bar and post BOTH parties candidates who LIE, race bait, false promises, etc on the site? Then we can not vote for any of the idiots who are already in office, plus weed out the idiots that are trying to come in behind them. How about videos of Obama and Bush admin giving BP an award for being so safe, that would be a great video....

    June 29, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Mark in the Heartland

    The DNC is doing this to deflect from their own pittiful record of being accountable for what they say.
    We need to hold ALL politicians accountable – not just one party. Afterall, they work for us.

    June 29, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    " IT WAS NOT SOCIALISM"

    Still isn't. Please learn what socialism is, moron. And no, it's not "whatever Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and the GOP tell me to believe is socialism." Learn to not only think for yourself, but to learn for yourself.

    June 29, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Wil in the VA.

    Why don't you do as the republicans and make it up. (acorn and others)

    June 29, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Ancient Texan

    The American People will hold the Democrats "accountable" for this two years of insane spending and deficits for as far as time shall last. We will not forget.

    June 29, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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