October 9th, 2009
01:04 PM ET
13 years ago

DNC targets 'radical' GOP lawmakers

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee targeted Iowa Rep. Steve King on Friday in the first of a series of Web videos highlighting the "radical views" of some Republican lawmakers.

In the first "Faces of the GOP" web video, the DNC chided King for voting against a resolution recognizing slave labor in the construction of the U.S. Capitol, and for saying last year that Al Qaeda would "be dancing in the streets" if President Obama won the election.

"With the likes of Steve King leading the Republican Party – it has marginalized itself as an extreme outpost of ideologues and bomb throwers which is out of step with not only women and minorities, but the vast majority of Americans," DNC Press Secretary Hari Sevugan said in a statement.

Sevugan said the campaign will be a "regular and ongoing feature so long as Republicans continue to put out right wing ideologues as their primary spokespeople."

The effort is the latest DNC move to swing the spotlight from official Republican leadership to faces the party isn't as keen to highlight: Earlier this year, they launched a campaign attacking radio host Rush Limbaugh, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Bush strategist Karl Rove, dubbing them the true leaders of the GOP.

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soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. ray

    i wish god take these racists on the right soon so this country and world can a better place. this man is nothing more than a racists like most of the republicans.

    October 9, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Steve (the real one)

    That's fine but as long as folks like Ensign, Vitter, Reid, Pelosi, Dodd, Frank and Rangel are roaming the halls of Congress, both parties' time would be better spent clearing out their own messes!

    October 9, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Jim

    I like what the DNC is up to with this strategy of exposing the "radical" right. Two concerns: (1) Their strategy is a bit off, in that the message that they end up delivering is that Steve King is radical right... and almost SEPARATE from the GOP. I'd rather the emphasis that the GOP as a whole is too far toward the "radical" right. (2) The writing, directing, editing, voiceover etc. of this video is poorly executed. If the DNC really wants to deliver a message "virally" they should get some talent involved. The tone of this video is all sensationalism - Rush Limbaugh / FOX News style - which diminishes the impact of the message. Focus on the message that really needs to be delivered, then deliver it creatively and without sensationalism.

    October 9, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Sam

    The Democratic party couldn't have picked a better GOP bogeyman. Steve King is an embarrassment to the great state of Iowa, and his antics in Congress make people think that all of us from the Hawkeye state are a bunch of rubes and hicks. I hope and pray that the good people of western Iowa vote this penis with ears out of Congress.

    October 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Midwest

    Sounds to me like the liberals are feeling some of these comments hit home. Funny how the comments fo Rev. Wright, Sharpton and the entire reverse racist clan are free to label, speak and shout anything they wish. The nation is getting a bit tired of this double standard...2010-2012...bye bye Obama and friends. America hopefully learned a lesson !

    October 9, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Swampfox

    The same can be said about left wing loons. Both parties have them. What we need is a middle ground based on fiscal conservatism.

    October 9, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    We're watching the juvenile actions of the GOP, and (as an independent actively involved with others in this country) we will make darn sure the GOP will lose even more in the future.

    We need adults that work together for our country, not a bunch of spoiled egotistical brats.

    October 9, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    The republicans are beginning to follow an idea of what ADOLF HITLER DID swing people backward to the racist biggotted times.
    republicans will begin to do the goose stepping agenda and hail there leader of the party whom ever it becomes . proving such people as the likes of Dick Cheney Karl Rove ( mr. whittie himself ) Rush Limeric, Sarah Palin, and the list of goose steping morons goes on ..
    but at the end of the day most AMERICANS do not agree with tis small group of war mongering threat spreeding freaks.



    October 9, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. hal9000

    never heard of Steve King, and yet the DNC says he is a "leader" of the GOP?

    Charly Rangle and Bill Murtha ARE leaders of the democrats in congress and are totally corrput. Why doesn't the DNC address THAT?

    October 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. harold

    Republicans are extreme about most everything.. but the 50 Million people in USA who are without health care.. There they are silent and un-caring.. and certainly have a NON Jesus attitdue towards these poor un-insured people...So whats wrong with these extremists?

    October 9, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. neill

    Why are liberals so AFRAID of the right? Like it or not, some folks actually agree with their republican representatives. We feed from their strength rather than Obama's empty promises. Not that either party has impressed me lately, but remember, you can buy anything in America if you have enough money, even presidents. Money obviously factors into the demise of American identity.

    October 9, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Tom in Delaware

    If the Left wants a war...bring it.

    October 9, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, North Carolina

    Typical neo-con...

    The GOP would be better off w/o this guy.

    October 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Tom C in NY

    It's about time that they started calling out this lunatic fringe.

    October 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Reformed Republican

    The rethugs and GOP'ers in congress are America's equivilent of mullahs from the Taliban.
    It's good that the DNC is pointing the really wild-eyed nut jobs of the GOP out. This way we can see that they really are bible thumpin' evangelical obstructionists that hate anybody that isn't white or from the south.
    This post is not opinion, it's fact...

    October 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Robert in Austin

    The professional Republicans in Washington are the root of all evil in this country.

    October 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. B

    These people just can not get over the fact that there is a black President now.

    It is too much for them do deal with. It is about – Race Hatred.

    October 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. K Ols

    What a coincidence this article should appear after I just wrote a letter to Republican Representative Lee Terry about this very issue last night. The jest of the letter is how far right extremist Republicans are being allowed to become the voice of the Republicans and branding the Party as "the party of hate." The far right is becoming main stream Republicanism when the politicians themselves spout such utter nonsense.
    Unless some Republicans with cooler, more sensible minds start speaking out against promoting such overboard nonsense the Party will indeed become known as the party of hate.
    What person in their right mind declares they want the president to fail the moment he wins the election? How unamerican to cheer when we don't get the Olympics. Or becoming the party of no because a Republican did not win the presidency in an effort to make certain the president and his party have no accomplishments because the party plans to vote against simply everything put forth rather than joining in an effort to make legislation better for "we the people."
    Republicans-the party of no, the party of hate, the party of pro-big business, the party against we the people. The Republicans are just plain negative about everything except when it comes to their big campaign donors who own our government at the expense of the people. Those donors own both parties from what I observe and consequently nothing gets done favorable to the people of this country.

    October 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Dr Ray

    Great job, Hari! Keep highlighting the Republican morons. I hope our President also pushes back at them instead of being the nice guy he is. If we all protest idiocy, there will be fewer idiots in the world. Sorry, conservatives!

    October 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. mike

    hay look another confederate they lost the war because they where
    stupid I guess they never recovered now we call them republicans
    lets burn that confederate flag

    October 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom

    Most of us agree that politics are ugly. The Democrats have been burned enough by GOP's vitriolic politics to have learned that they must fight back.

    Americans are not fooled though. We KNOW which political party is on OUR side!

    45, 000 Americans die every year because they have no healthcare, and the Republicans are doing all they can to KEEP 45, 000 DYING every year!


    October 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |

    Another attempt by the left to squelch free speech when those views run contrary to their platform. Democrats are quickly turning into fascists in this country.

    October 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. SGt

    What are you doing DNC you have gone off the left cliff

    October 9, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. JN

    It's so sad how the Republicans are nothing but a bunch of world-degrading imbeciles. Is there one thing the Republicans can point to since Obama took office that they helped to bring about that bettered the lives of most people, instead of the rich few? It seems they only exist to oppose our nation from progressing. Nothing else.

    October 9, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. nellie

    So, let me say, does anyone really believe that so many here in America are really this ignorant.

    October 9, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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