[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/26/art.capitolbldg4.gi.jpg caption="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?
- CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.