July 28th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Dems label GOP as 'Republican-Tea Party'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/04/art.kaine1.gi.jpg caption =" DNC Chairman Tim Kaine is expected to roll out a ‘major initiative’ Wednesday."]Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee Wednesday is expected to roll out what they term a "major initiative" that will try to define Republicans as outside the political mainstream.

A DNC source tells CNN that committee chairman Tim Kaine and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC's vice-chairman, as well as several other members of Congress, will introduce what they call the "Republican-Tea Party Contract With America."

It's part of a strategy by the White House and the Democratic party to define the upcoming midterm elections a choice for voters, between what they say are the polices of President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats that are moving the country forward, compared to the failed policies of the GOP. Republicans hope to make November's contests a referendum on the Obama agenda, which they say is taking the country down the wrong path.

"The Tea Party is now the most potent force in Republican politics and with the recent launch of the Tea Party Caucus on Capitol Hill garnering the support of Republican leaders like NRCC Chair Pete Sessions and Republican Caucus Chair Mike Pence – the Tea Party is now an institutionalized part of the Republican party," says the DNC source.

The source says with that in mind, the DNC will unveil a ten point blue print on how they claim the "Republican-Tea Party" would govern if they reclaim the majority in Congress in the midterm elections.

"There is a key difference between hearing voters and listening to voters. All of America saw Arlen Specter and Claire McCaskill get an earful from voters last August, but it's clear they and other Democrats did not listen to voters anger, ignoring jobs while passing a health care bill the voters did not want. That, combined with President Obama's "how low can they go?" poll numbers, point to strong pickups for the GOP in November," Republican National Committee spokesman Doug Heye told CNN, in responding to the new DNC push.

The year-and-a-half old Tea Party movement, which calls for lower taxes, a smaller federal government, and less intrusion by Washington in the lives of Americans, has added energy to the conservative movement and has already had an impact in Republican party politics in this year's primaries.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey indicates that 47 percent of Americans consider the views and polices of the Tea Party as too extreme, with 43 percent saying the views are in the mainstream. According to the survey, 43 percent of the public considers the views and polices of the Democratic party as too extreme and 39 percent say they feel the same way about the Republican party.

(Updated at 9:06 a.m. with a response from the Republican National Committee)

(Updated at 10:00 a.m. with CNN polling data)

Filed under: 2010 • DNC • Republicans • Tea Party movement
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Dale

    Around 20% of American's call themselves Republican. Sounds like a fringe group to me.

    July 28, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  2. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Sounds like the "Nutroots Network" meeting the whackos had in Las Vegas last weekend has paid off and the dope smokers have found a slightly new way to demonize and demean the people who actually work and pay taxes. Their demigod found a way to talk to them and Joy Behar, but can't do it for the Boy Scouts because he doesn't believe in their principles. You know, self reliance, honesty etc. Instead he will be spending the evening with smarmy elitists.

    July 28, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. Ridgeway

    Another Dem who doesn't know anything. With the exception of Lieberman and Zell Miller the entire party and their voting base are morons. Yeah, that's right. If you voted for Obama you're a moron. No offense to morons intended.
    You folks who think this bunch is leading America down the right path are dumber than a pile of rocks. "It's so cool having a Black President."
    Look at Atlanta, DC, Philadelphia, the entire continent of Africa and tell me how they're running. Hmm?

    July 28, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. Gil

    The republican party has become something that I'm ashamed of. I used to be a member of the YGOP and would no longer want to admit it from what the republican party has become. A right wing extremist racist party of No, compassion, No respect for the American public, but rather the voice of Big Business, Big Oil and Wall Street. I can't wait for November!

    July 28, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. mike

    republican tea party is absolutely right who do you think gives them the money they need to run there rallies its a great way for the republican party to get the tea party to do there dirty work by rallying the base getting rid of politicians they don't want and at the same time telling there voters it is not there fault so they get the best of both worlds

    July 28, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. Can't we all just get along?

    The Republicans, the GOP, the Tea Party - they're all now defunct and completely immaterial. Call them what you want.

    July 28, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. snow

    Please tell me that nobummer and the demorats are going to try and run on their record. That would be great, 02 years of tax and spending, economy alot worse off under them, tax cheats in the administration, ethics questions and unemployment at 9.5 percent which is only the tip of the ice. Stimulus spending,TARP and now the son of TARP. The Republicans were saying no to this agenda and that is why they will win in the upcoming elections.

    July 28, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |

    Out of touch with America? Really? Great if thats what they are going to try and run on its laughable. Bring it on.

    July 28, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. Carl

    If the DNC wants to label the GOP the "Republican Tea Party" that's fine. America has already labelled the Democrat party as the "New Socialist Party".

    July 28, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. jim

    This is hilarious! The democrats are going to portray republicans as a party outside the political mainstream. When we have the most Radical president in country we've ever had that is trying to change our system into a "socialist utopia" with a party that is an ally in that effort. Now.i don't care what you say ,that's funny !! Also, very sad.

    July 28, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. educated american (legal)

    i'll choose freedom, the constitution and the american people everytime-

    to hell with dem and repubilican party. vote them all out

    July 28, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    As of a few days ago, the Rasmussen "generic ballot" showed 46% of American voters hold views more in line with the views of the Republican Party, versus 36% of tend to agree with the Democrats–and the Republican percentage has been climbing, and the Democrat falling since two months after Obama took office. The day Obama was inaugurated, it was 42-36 in favour of the Democrats.

    Even more interesting is that since Obama's inauguration, while the percentage of people who identify themselves with the Democrats has fallen from 42 to 36, and the percentage who identify themselves as Republicans has spayed about the same at 33, the percentage who identify themselves as Independents has climbed from 27 to 32–the entire increase at the expense of the Democrats. The net effect is that there are now more or less equal numbers of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents–and the number of Independents is rising while the number of Democrats and and Republicans is falling.

    The conclusion is that both the Democrats and Republicans are "outside the political mainstream"–i.e., Americans are sick and tired of both major parties.

    July 28, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. Pragmatic

    Gallup found that Tea Party supporters were 49 percent Republican, 43 percent independent and 8 percent Democratic.

    Seventy percent identified as conservative. 87 percent disapproved of the new health-care law, as opposed to 50 percent in the population at large.

    These polls seem to point out that the movement is conservative,& related to right-wing GOP politics.

    July 28, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  14. Dishonest Unethical dems living in a glass house

    As the corrupt to the core Democratic Congressman Rangel cuts a back room deal with Pelosi, Frank, et al, to keep his seat and not be prosecuted and possibly have criminal charges brought against him, the Dems start throwing stones from their glass house. Well, I got news – Americans are not buying it and they will show the dems very lodly at the polls.

    Mr President, tell us again where there those new 5 million jobs you promised us are>

    July 28, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. Kevin in Ohio

    The vast left-wing conspiracy.... designed with HATE to demonize normal everyday Americans. Normal, everyday Americans define the Tea-Party. That is extremist? Outside the mainstream?

    I have a bridge I can sell you liberal progressive socialists if you truly believe that.

    July 28, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. Where is the transparency Mr President?

    Another back room shady deal. Where is the transparency you promised us Mr President.

    Obama will sue the State of Arizona becasue the Dems cannot touch immigration or keep our borders safe, but the Dems turn a blind eye to corruption in their one party. Is it becasue Rangel is black? Or necasue he is a Democrat? Or maybe a little of both?

    July 28, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. Dave

    Do the Dems think; they are mainstream? Do they think that the country is moving forward under their watch? What a clueless bunch.

    July 28, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Sounds like an act of desperation to me.

    July 28, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  19. RinMaine

    Good move. Label them for what they are, disloyal thieves.

    July 28, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. vwrtb

    How low can you go? I remember W. Went pretty low... vote no to the party of no in November! Support the rebirth of the middle class! Go Dems!

    July 28, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. debra from georgia

    I am with that Mr kaine, because they have shown themselves to be the Republican Tea Party.

    July 28, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. ToldUSo

    Democrats cannot run on their record. So they have to resort to "yo mamma" like tactics.

    Sure what we (Dems) did was our own agenda and not the people but look at them! They are extreme! (Gasp!)

    ooooooo, I'm scared.

    July 28, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. Marry

    It is about time for the DNC to show a clear concept of what the differences between the Republicans and the Democrats are. And they are really noticeable. The normal citizen is for the GOP only useful if he is stupid enough to be exploited by his rich friend. Democrats have more the country and its people in mind and try to make the conditions of live better for all.
    A friend ones described the difference like this:
    When a Democrat catches a big fish he will invite his friends to have a party, grill the fish and eat it.
    When a Republican catches a big fish he will mount it on a nice lacquered board, hang it in his office and invite his friends to come and admire it.

    July 28, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. ToldUSo

    Do you want to go back to the failed policies of the Bush Admin? Because our (Democrats') failed policies are working out really well for u, the economy, & this country. So vote for us not them so we can continue these failed policies of the Obama Administration. Like higher taxes, more unemployment, more deficit spending and pretty much removing the superpower status of this country and sending us into third world status for our children to inherit!

    July 28, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  25. gary

    Republicans like Democrats have been spending money wildly and escalating the deficit.....the Tea Party is not specifically associated with either party and is strongly supportive of the important concept of not spending more than you earn!


    July 28, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
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