July 28th, 2010
06:45 PM ET
4 years ago

NRCC suggests latest DNC move is 'political quackery'

DNC chairman Tim Kaine launched a new initiative Wednesday that targets the GOP as the midterms approach.
DNC chairman Tim Kaine launched a new initiative Wednesday that targets the GOP as the midterms approach.

Washington (CNN) – The National Republican Congressional Committee all but accused the Democratic National Committee of "political quackery" Wednesday, as the DNC rolled out a new campaign that seeks to tie the Republican Party to the Tea Party movement in advance of the upcoming midterm elections.

The DNC initiative includes a ten-point agenda which national Democrats say will be the GOP's governing agenda should Republicans win back the majority in November along with a new web video.

At a press conference launching the initiative, the DNC hammered home its message that the GOP and the Tea Party movement are becoming indistinguishable from one another.

Related: Dems label GOP as 'Republican-Tea Party'

Saying the conservative grassroots movement is "now the most potent force in Republican politics" and pointing out Rep. Pete Sessions, chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee, and Rep. Mike Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference, are both members of the new House Tea Party Caucus, DNC chairman Tim Kaine said "the Republican Party agenda has become the Tea Party agenda and vice versa."

Kaine's sentiments were echoed by DNC vice-chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida.

"[E]ssentially you don't know where the Republican Party ends and the Tea Party begins and vice versa," the Florida lawmaker said. "And they [Republicans] have to own that."

Contacted by CNN, the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is headed by Rep. Sessions, fired back at Kaine and Wasserman Schultz.

"With no other cards left to play, Democrats are back to attacking voters," NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain said in a written statement, "Not only has this tired line of attack already been proven to be ineffective, it is offensive to voters who are offended by the fiscal recklessness of Washington politicians, and it suggests that Democratic leaders like Tim Kaine and Debbie Wasserman Schultz have been reduced to political quackery."

And a spokesperson for Rep. Pence said national Democrats are showing how out of touch they are with the concerns of everyday Americans.

"Democrat leaders attacking everyday Americans who are concerned about out-of-control spending in Washington shows how out of touch they are," Pence Deputy Press Secretary Courtney Kolb said in a written statement to CNN. "House Republicans are taking a stand to rein in wasteful spending, to fight tax increases, and to create jobs, and will campaign to earn the support of Americans concerned about the future of our country."

As she sought to link Republicans and the Tea Party movement, Wasserman Schultz also took a shot at some recent GOP efforts to engage the public in helping develop a new Republican agenda.

"Now they'll pay lip service to listening to the American people, to developing a broad based agenda to appeal to Americans from all walks of life," the DNC vice chair said. "But whether it is the Eric Cantor abandoned rebranding effort that was dubbed 'The National Council for a New America' or whatever it was called, or his widely ridiculed YouCut, or John Boehner's 'America Speaks Out' initiative, it's clearly all a sham. It's all a phony effort to pretend to be listening to the American people while they're actually developing an agenda with the same corporate and special interest lobbyists that helped grind our economy to a halt in the first place and who have fought everything from health reform to Wall Street reform to campaign finance reform."

Responding to Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the GOP's point person for developing the new agenda with help from AmericaSpeakingOut.com, slammed national Democrats for attacking the idea of listening to the public.

"Democrats continue to amaze me with how embarrassingly out of touch they have become," McCarthy said in a written statement to CNN. "Now they are attacking the idea of listening to the American people. That probably won't get them very far when we roll out a positive agenda constructed with unprecedented transparency and rooted in a dialogue carried out at literally hundreds of town halls and in the thousands of ideas posted on AmericaSpeakingOut.com. We're standing with the American people, while Democrats seem to have landed themselves on an island."

And, Brad Dayspring, spokesman for Rep. Cantor, also slammed Wasserman Schultz.

"The Congresswoman fits perfectly into the mold of what Democrats tend look for in their leaders: unwilling to listen to people, unwilling to cut a single penny from the federal budget and far too willing to tax the hell out of small business people," Dayspring said in a written statement to CNN.

The roll out of the Democratic initiative attempting to link the GOP and the Tea Party movement came on the same day that the House GOP announced plans to spend Congress' upcoming recess taking their listening initiative to a more personal level.

A House GOP Leadership aide told CNN that the GOP's America Speaking Out initiative will be at the heart of House Republicans' activities during the recess. "After two months of asking Americans for their priorities, engaging them online, holding scores of town halls, and carrying on a two-way conversation of ideas, House Republicans will be discussing a series of specific solutions with the American people this summer. During August and September, House Republicans will be visible and active, talking about these solutions," the Republican leadership aide said.


–CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2010 • DNC • GOP • House • NRCC • Tea Party movement
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Future expat

    The axis of hate: GOP = TEA = FOX

    July 28, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Tina, NC

    The only quackery going on is the Republicans attempt to distance themselves for the Tea Party and the Tea Party's efforts to claim they are aren't Repubs.

    July 28, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. False conspiracy fears are GOP Taliban tactics

    Actually, the scum sucking GOP has attacked voters by refusing to support health reform, financial reform, off shore drilling regulations, and extending unemployment benefits.

    July 28, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. they call me "tater salad"

    Yes you are............No I'm not...............YES you are!.........NO I'm not!..........YES YOU ARE!!!...........NO I'M NOT!!!......Isn't Washington great? A Government we should all be proud of............NOT!!!!

    July 28, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. keeth in cali

    The Dems didn't take us into a $3 trillion war in Iraq that had no connection to 9/11 (and remember, there's only ONE Commander in Chief, and at the time Bush was him name and the GOP were in total control in Congress). Funding for the Iraq war NEVER included in a single GOP budget.

    Sessions and Pence are both in the Tea Party Caucus so they need to be big about it and own up to it or remove themselves from it, but they can't remain part of that caucus and try to run from it at the same time. This is not an attack on voters, this is calling out today's GOP for what it is.

    July 28, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. BlackUSAguy

    Talking about political BS. The GOP is trying for a re-play of 1994 by promising and lying to people just to get their vote. If it worked before, why not do it again and screw the country after the election.

    July 28, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Augsbee

    DNC is tied to the Progressive Movement and to the Netroots movement. So what if the Republicans are tied to the Tea Party movement. Everyone is tied to some group. All groups have their agendas.

    July 28, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    I thought the video was actually quite truthful. My impression of the GOP is actually a lot more negative. Political quackery? I don't think so. Maybe I can provide the Dems a follow-up. Like how the GOP operates. Time to connect some dots!...scandel...corruption...9 Billion lost...a few questions here...a few questions there...yea...now were talkin'. And about this American People don't want thingy...

    July 28, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    you want REAL quakery GOP? Try explaining how the RNC could invite somebody like Breitbart to be the main speaker at one of their gatherings after what he did to upset racial relations that are already strained in our country. And on top of that have an African American SUPPORT and invite him. Hopefully you all are apying him a good fee because he will probably need it if and when Mrs. Sherrod sues the PANTS off of him.

    July 28, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. harold

    Hey republicans.. are you really dis-owning the T party movement?...Really?... So you do not want to be tied to the T Party?.. All those concerned people who want a government smaller and less spending?...You are now on record as dis-owning the T Party....And probably they the T party will disown you Republicans..What about the last 8 years with GW Bush you gave the T party people and everyone else?

    July 28, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. vic

    Who formed the tea party caucus in congress

    July 28, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. ib

    DNC is getting desperate good but what do you expect when you have a person like Kaine over the DNC?

    July 28, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. JonDie

    Republican Party = Tea Party = illiterate, backward-looking nitwits

    July 28, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. 8 years of the Bush Error = How many years of recession and unemployment?

    Wow, looks like the DNC has done a very effective job of causing the neo-con leaders to soil their Depends!

    This is going to be good!

    July 28, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. David

    How short of a memory do you think people have, we all remember how the Tea Party started and yes it was started by the GOP sore losers. If folks like Palin and Bachman didn't do the early work to bring media attention there would be no Tea Party, hell there still is no Tea Party just the label the extreme right wing of the GOP gave themselves.

    July 28, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. Muffet

    Republicans didn't know???? Tea Party was always viewed as the arm of the GOP. Grand Ole Tea Party. Republicans can slice it, dice it, put ribbons all around it."'GOTP."

    July 28, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. George of the jungle

    seems to me the democrats where right on. You can't tell the difference between the tea baggers and the repos.

    July 28, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. Beverly - NYC

    It's a hard sell for Republicans to claim no ties with the Tea Party movement when you have Michelle Backman conducting Tea party listening tours. When Republicans Senators stand shoulder to shouder with the Tea Party Express members on the capitol steps while the yell racial slurs at their colleagues of color and turn a blind eye to their hateful signs. Face it, Republicans used the Tea Party for their vote, yeah Scott Brown I'm looking at you, now the Party expect their due. Good luck with all that , Republicans and the Tea Partiers deserve each other.

    July 28, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. Preston

    Quackery? Hmm, I suppose so. Republicans do in fact walk like the Tea Party, and quack like the Tea Party. If Republicans are offended by being equated with the Tea Party, let them by all means clarify where they have major areas of disagreement. This should be fun. As for the NRCC's assertion that Democrats are "attacking voters", why do these people make such stupid assertions?

    July 28, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. Jess C.

    Poor GOP, crying over who they've become associated with? You bet the Dems will do some "labeling" and it's so well-deserved. I heard they hired Rove as their campaign strategist. Wouldn't it be karmic to have the GOP face the same dirty tactics and lies that they used against Obama in '08? Take the gloves off, Dems! Good news is they really don't need to stoop that low; the GOP transparency is pretty obvious to most with a brain.

    July 28, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. Gil

    Repuglicans! The truth hurts doesn't it! Your are a disgrace!

    July 28, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. The Truth Please...I Just Want The Truth

    I have just read the "10 point agenda"

    Is there anything in this 10 point agenda that the Republicans DON'T want to do?

    July 28, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. Pragmatic

    Polls report that a majority of Tea Party "members" are republican.

    It is just a few months before the November elections. When John Boehner was asked what the Republican agenda would be if they won election, the man smugly replied, “TBD" = “To be determined!”

    So, with no GOP plans or policies – the DNC can create one for them from what the party voted against: extension of unemployment benefits with 10% unemployment, against loans for small business and for Bush tax cuts for the rich.

    One point JB made ... they want to “repeal Obamacare,” which Boehner described as a “giant impediment” standing in the way of job growth. Except... President Obama won’t be signing that repeal even if it were to pass the House and Senate – so the GOP is a waste of time and money – as usual.

    July 28, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  24. vwrtb

    Look out a UNION! Ahhh ... I just made millions of Republicans go running and screaming into a nearest airport bathroom stall... Never gets old! LMBO

    July 28, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Maybe they should have tried to link the GOP to the DNC, that would have made people angry! Democrats have no answer and the republicans are only marginally better. This tea partying constitutionalist can tell you the GOP is not the tea party! John Boehner doesn't allow my posts on his blogs anymore because his staff didn't like me telling the truth! The only reason anyone can try to paint a picture where the two are connected is because the tea party doesn't really try to reach out to liberals because we already know they are too far gone. There's no help for those misguided fools. You have to be ill in the head to be willing to throw your freedoms away like liberals would like to. That said remember folks the GOP and the DNC are destroying our country and they are two special interest groups that need to be put out of power! Vote independent or constitution party and don't be a sheep that falls for the 2 party divide and conquer scheme that's destroying our country. Dem and Repub is the same people remember

    July 28, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
1 2