Democrats launching Iowa campaign
August 8th, 2011
08:56 AM ET
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Democrats launching Iowa campaign

(CNN) - From the first Republican presidential debate in two months, to the Iowa State Fair, to a crucial GOP presidential straw poll in Ames, the Hawkeye State will be firmly in the national political spotlight this week. Now, Democrats are trying to get in on some of the action.

The Democratic National Committee announced Monday morning that it's launching a campaign to define the Republican presidential candidates as extremists trying to please "the far right Tea Party wing of their party and they are following the extreme agenda of Congressional Republicans instead of leading."

As part of the push, the DNC is putting up a web video titled "Extreme Aims: Wrong for Seniors. Wrong for the Middle Class." The party committee says to make its case it will put up a website that profiles the records of each GOP candidate. The DNC also promises an "innovative" Twitter campaign and events on the ground in Iowa throughout the week.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chair, will hold events in Iowa starting Friday, including a roundtable discussion with Iowa voters Friday morning and a visit to the Iowa State Fair later in the day, when she'll speak from the famous "soapbox." Most of the GOP presidential candidates will also make swings though the state fair, a must-do stop for any White House contender.

The following week President Barack Obama will visit Iowa as part of his Midwest bus tour on jobs. The White House calls it official presidential business, but it's obvious the trip has campaign overtones, as Iowa votes first in the primary and caucus calendar and is a battleground state in the general election. Obama carried the state by 10 points in the 2008 presidential election, but the GOP performed well in last year's contests, winning back the governor's office.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. WiredweirdoinSF

    Other than blaming the rich (Libertard speak for those who act responsibly) and knocking the TEA party (again libertard speak for thos e who act responsibly and pay taxes) they cannot really defend their corrupt, inept, incompetent, uniion toady president or their corrupt, incompetent, union toady party.

    August 8, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. Berry

    Mr.President, "Lay down a "Great Jobs bill" "Let the Right Wing Extremist "Say No", and the Gop/TP will "Go Down in Flames" 2012!! Get "Tough" Mr. President" their sitting "Ducks" Obama 2012

    August 8, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. ST

    Excellent Ad. Things are starting to shape up. Good job!

    August 8, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. Marie MD

    As if any of them, except for the flake from MN who vited against it, had a vote' but ghey staydd on the sidelines until it was all over then the blaming if thenPresideng started. Unfortunately, these same seniors who almost didn't get their SS checks this month won't believe anything the Dems and even financial analyst are saying as they continue to believe these fools.

    August 8, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. diridi

    Just do the work, stop bickering. Listen, our nation's credit is lowered in history, not a joke. Focus on Main needed stuff. Education, Energy Independence, strict immigration and citizenship, Agriculture, We neglected Agriculture, focus on it. Infrastructure, Public Transportation, etc, o.k, People are watching. Good luck, Obama. God bless. We need leader, not politician...Congress idiots, do not give hard time to president. Nation is in trouble....we all need to give helping hand. He is doing what all he needs to do, because, he is handed biggest nation's mess by Bush, and Reagan, both idiots,

    August 8, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. John

    Keep voting for the Tea Party and they will Destroy America. they all ready have down grade America credit Rating that been the same since 1917. And you had Michele Bachmann that sat she wouldn't have rise the dept ceiling at all. That would have Put America Credit rating down to the Lower It could go. American People Got to Quit voting these Idiot.

    August 8, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. Blackman in America

    GOOD the Dems need to stick with the facts and the truth.................repuks have already positioned themselfs to "self destruct" the Dems need to make sure they (repuks) fall on their own swords and hopefully never come to life again.

    August 8, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. A Kickin` Donkey

    Vote yourself interrest folks.

    Unless you own a corporate jet, or a yacht or are an Oil Company like EXxon/Mobil, Republicans politicians are NOT interested in helping you. "Tax cuts for JOB CREATORS" hasn`t worked. Trickle Down Economics is a 30 YEAR FAILURE! Stop following behind these guys. Only a fool cuts his own throat.

    August 8, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. Louisiana Man

    Spare no punches in this and be the first to down your opponent on the mat and keep him pinned down. Good going DNC-keep up the good work and do not falter.

    August 8, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Ibamaliar

    Little good it will do them. They had their chance to help this country instead they chose the route to destroying America behind Obama the idot.

    August 8, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    "Mr.President, "Lay down a "Great Jobs bill" "Let the Right Wing Extremist "Say No", and the Gop/TP will "Go Down in Flames" 2012!! Get "Tough" Mr. President" their sitting "Ducks" Obama 2012"
    That would require him to show some leadership – something he's not yet expressed an interest in doing.

    August 8, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. GI Joe

    I see the bagger paid haters are going to be out in full force AGAIN.

    August 8, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    The Democrats, aka......the welfare party......., simply are trying to influence public opinion with falsehoods, half-truths, and downright lies.

    They are very transparent, and what they are advocating, is fiscal stupidity. That means it is NOT a difference of opinion, but rather a subversive effort to seize control, through manipulation of public opinion with lies. This is exactly what happened in the 1930's.

    August 8, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |