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. Bob

    Labeling people and calling them names will always backfire. Stupid policy by the Democrats. Especially since these first two years have not yielded much in the most important thing on people's minds, the economy. The Democrats will be faced with the fact that they have had control of the house since 2007 and have not improved the economy at all.

    July 28, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. katiec

    The republicans bowing to the tea party, their love and support for Wall St, over the welfare of us and our country, their propaganda, lies, distortions, hypocrasy are all going to backfire on them.
    Intelligent, caring Americans will not vote or support a political party that has sold the American people down the river, wants to continue thier politicis that brought our country to it's knees and have as a primary goal to destroy our president regardless of the consequences.

    July 28, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. SuperD

    Yawn, the Dems don't get it. The cat is out of the bag, the average independent now thinks Democrats are Communists, and this stupid plan of theirs is not going to work, only the Koolaid drinkers are going to buy it.

    What are the Dems gonna do? Run on their results? That's a laugh.

    July 28, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. diridi

    GOP, republican Tea Party are filled with full of thugs....they again mess this nation like a dog.....o.k. I vote for Democrats....listen, I am not a partisan....o.k., I am for America....enough mess by GOP thugs in this nation.....even India is laughing...so is China....about America.....

    July 28, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. doug

    Tea Party Americans are the best people in this nation, that is undeniable.

    These are the people who think of others, do the right thing, and always look to help their neighbors, not lie about helping the poor through stealing money from others.

    It is the tea party Americans who follow the words of Martin Luther King, to judge by content of character, not skin color. You just cannot find a single Democrat in all of America today that is not an evil divide and conquer race baiter. Every Democrat stands in opposition to MLK's dream, and they are commited to destroying it.

    July 28, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Progressive from San Antonio

    The GOP is driven by the extreme elements for a reason. As a tool of big business, it can no longer rely on the vote from wealthy, white voters. The demographics of America has shifted too much for that to work. Instead, Republicans much generate emotional social issues to get the angry, tattooed working class to engage – so abortion, guns, and immigration are useful hot-buttons. For old white voters, the GOP must subtly introduce the threat of race, terrorism, and throw in a good measure of religious anxiety for an added fear factor. This strategy works especially well with ignorant or old folks, because half-truths and scare tactics work on populations unable or unwilling to think about the complexity of the world's issues.

    July 28, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. jeremy..Big D..Tx

    Republican party is a joke. How can they allow a self declared racist and white supremacist headline their fund raising function? We need sobriety and social respect in this multicultural,multiethinic democracy.

    July 28, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Donnatella

    A perfect name for these loser, the use the tea party to get votes and then talk down about them behind their backs. They deserve each other. The republican tea party "extreme at it's best"

    July 28, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. Charlie in Maine

    Good. It's aboutt time we connected the dots. BTW average income of tea party member= more than $150k. They want to keep the tax cut Bush gave em.

    July 28, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. JFS

    I ask all voters to consider what our economy has become within the last 14 years...and realize that if the GOP actually had a PLAN to fix this mess it would have been made apparent by now...especially in an elcteion year when they are a minority party hoping to gain control of Congress. What great election fuel to go out across the country and say ...SEE WE(THE GOP) CREATED LEGISLATION TO FIX THIS MESS. WE REACHED ACROSS THE AISLES AND GOT SUPPORT FROM ALL PARTIES TO LEGISLATE THE SOLUTION(s). Well, we didn't see ANY SOLUTIONS from the Tea Party or their GOP Party. If they are holding out something than it would be UNAMERICAN not to offer a solution to the suffering American Voters. We should not be forced to vote for these folk in order to hear any SUPPOSED PLANS. Frankly, the whole GOP/Tea Party is nothing more than a bunch of non-performing hot air balloons and should be put out of office for doing Nothing !! You folks have paid them for the last TWO years for accomplishing or Attempting to do ANYTHING. Do you think that you would get a pay check for not performing ???

    July 28, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Doc

    Tea party planks:

    Lower taxes while paying off the national debt
    (please folks, one or the other, it's already been demonstrated that tax cuts do not "pay for themselves".)
    Smaller Gov't
    (firing gov't workers who still have jobs and still pay taxes and just what programs should be cut? No input there! )
    Less Gov't Intrusion
    (Unless it's in areas that we want like abortion and gay rights)

    These planks are just slogans without details and a comprehensive plan to pull them off without harming the nation.

    July 28, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. CTYank

    "We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." (Abraham Lincoln, first inaugural address)
    My, but haven't we fallen, in our desperate pursuit of power at-all-costs?

    July 28, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. scott

    the tea party is not a 3rd party its a extension of the gop

    July 28, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Lucullus

    All the Tea Party is, is a crazier version of the Republican party. If that is indeed, possible conceive. They are the extremely mentally unbalanced SS to the just plain old insane Brown Shirts of the Republican party

    July 28, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. ST

    I fully agree Tea Party is the old wine (GOP) in a new bottle. GOP with its approval rating of 20% can not move even an inch to anywhere. The party knows it well that their fellow baggers will push them somewhere!

    July 28, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. rob

    All of the "Polices" that have us in the worst shape in 50 years are the doing of the absolute Democrat controll of Government.

    Its about the economy, the deficit and JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. The Dems have failed the American people. They gleefully passed bill after bill that the American people didn't support that will run up Debts the world has never seen before, then they talk about being fiscal hawks.

    Its a record that they can't run on so they will pull out all stops. This will be the most viscious campaign season ever. The smearing and labeling has already begun.

    July 28, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. phoenix86

    And the democrats are the party of institutionalized corruption and irresponsibility.

    July 28, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Naqib

    This guy doesn't think the DNC policies since 2006 are "Failed Policies".... oh the blindness of these people.

    Up to 2007 this country was rolling... the DNC took control in 2006 and it's all gone in 4 years. Yet they believe somehow we are on the right path????? It's this mindset that will cost them control of the house in Novemeber... and the Whitehouse and Senate 24 months later

    July 28, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Luke

    That is all they have is name calling and race baiting because they sure can lead or govern. The economy has been in free fall the four years since the Dems took Congress and the lack of confidence in our incompetent and divisive President has added to the misery.

    July 28, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Mark

    We need to get out of Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries now. Because we need our taxes to go to health care and education. We need to stop pouring our money into other countries and neglecting our own people. We need to repeal the tax cuts for the rich.

    July 28, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Michael

    The GOP agenda is as simple today as always: screw the public, funnel all wealh to the wealthiest. Now thanks to the Tea Party, they can add: shooting members of Congress who get in their way, and making basic human needs a profit-based enterprise.

    July 28, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Future expat

    That's only 2/3 of the problem. It needs a "-FOX" tacked on at the end.

    July 28, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Keith in Austin

    The Tea Party movement has been labled racist,ignorant,neo-Nazi, and a host of other insults by Liberal Democrats already.

    Obviously,Democrats currently in office are frightened about the political force this group of main-stream Americans pose. Expect more defamation and name-calling to come before November! This is the typical approach that the Democrats will take while campaigning because the CAN'T run on their own record of failed policy!

    July 28, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. Anne P

    Get ready to hear how the GOP will blame the Dems for the bad economy.....they crapped in the sandbox during the last administration and they don't want to lift a finger to help clean it out or even more outrageous, to be accountable for their part of this mess. Please take off the blinders, voters! Who's fighting for middle America? Don't be duped again by the lies and emotional fear-mongering.

    July 28, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Duane Dillon

    ..."outside the political mainstream"???...You DNC people have a loose screw.

    July 28, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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