DNC's "Extreme Aims" Campaign
DNC Press Secretary
Subject: On the way to Ames, the GOP's Extreme Aims
August 8, 2011
Today, the Democratic National
Committee announced that in the lead up to Thursday’s Republican debate
in Iowa and the Ames straw poll on Saturday, the Democratic National
Committee is launching a campaign to further define the 2012 Republican
candidates called “Extreme Aims: Wrong for Seniors. Wrong for the
Middle Class.” (wordplay intended). When it comes to the GOP
presidential candidates and what America will hear from them in Ames
this week, they have extreme aims to please the far-right, Tea Party
wing of their party and they are following the extreme agenda of
Congressional Republicans instead of leading. All this while our
country’s future hangs in the balance.
For example, all of the major Republican presidential candidates:
Support the House Republican budget that would end Medicare as we know
it and gives more tax giveaways to millionaires, billionaires, and the
-- Supported the goals of the Tea
Party-backed Cut, Cap and Balance plan – which we like to call Duck,
Dodge and Dismantle because they are ducking their obligation to the
Middle Class; dodging their obligation to our nation’s seniors; and,
they want to dismantle critical education and job creation programs
while protecting tax breaks for the wealthy, big oil and corporate jet
The DNC’s campaign launches on Monday with this web
video, entitled “The GOP's Extreme Aims." See links to the video
the script below.
Additional facets of the campaign will be
unveiled throughout the week including a website profiling the records
and extreme aims of each Republican candidate, a new and innovative
Twitter campaign and numerous events on the ground throughout the week
with the State Party and everyday Americans.
The DNC will have a
presence on the ground in Iowa beginning on Thursday which will include
DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse and DNC Chair Debbie
Wasserman Schultz (arriving Friday) as well as other surrogates.
Schultz will participate in a round table discussion with Iowans on
Friday morning in Des Moines, will speak from the Iowa States Fair's
famous 'soapbox' and will visit with Democratic activists and
supporters of the President at the Iowa Democratic Party's booth at the
fair. Rumor has it she will also eat something fried on a stick.
Wasserman Schultz will then decamp to Ames where she will do national
and local media.
DNC VIDEO: "EXTREME AIMS"
PUBLIC YOUTUBE LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgK5nl2Hzjw
VO: Attention seniors and middle class families
CHYRON: Attention seniors and middle class families
Like Washington Republicans and the Tea-Party, Republican Presidential
candidates are planning to duck their responsibilities to the
CHYRON: Duck their responsibilities to the middle-class
VO: dodge their obligations to seniors
CHYRON: Dodge their obligations to seniors
VO: and dismantle critical education and job creation programs.
CHYRON: Dismantle critical education and job creation programs
VO: Like Washington Republicans and the Tea-Party, Republican
Presidential candidates are offering no new ideas.
CHYRON: Like Washington Republicans and the Tea-Party, Republican
Presidential candidates are offering no new ideas.
NEWT GINGRICH: "I want to replace, not reform, EPA."
MICHELLE BACHMANN: "Tax cutting."
JON HUNTSMAN: "Corporate tax cuts."
TIM PAWLENTY: "We should repeal Obamacare!"
Republican Presidential candidates are providing no new leadership -
they're just following the Tea Party and Republicans in Congress.
Republican Presidential Candidates are providing no new leadership -
they're just following the Tea Party and Congressional Republicans.
HUNTSMAN: "The Ryan budget plan."
ANCHOR: "Call it the Mittness Protection Program."
MITT ROMNEY: "Cut federal spending, cap federal spending and have a
balanced budget amendment."
ANCHOR: "That was Newt Gingrich last night here on Fox with Greta, just
hours after he called Congressman Paul Ryan to apologize and say he was
VO: And just like Washington Republicans and the
Tea-Party, Republican Presidential Candidates want to end Medicare as
we know it
CHYRON: End Medicare as we know it
VO: Slash funding for education and job creation
CHYRON: Slash funding for education and job creation
VO: Protect the wealthy, corporate CEOs and big oil
CHYRON: Protect the wealthy, corporate CEOs and big oil
VO: The Republican Field: Wrong for seniors. Wrong for the middle class.
CHYRON: The Republican Field: Wrong for seniors. Wrong for the middle
VO: To the extreme
from DNC Rapid Response
August 9, 2011
DNC CAMPAIGN –“EXTREME AIMS” CAMPAIGN – The Democratic National
Committee is rolling out phase two of its pre-Ames campaign by
unveiling a Twitter account called @GOPsayWhat. The explanation: “A
take on the popular Twitter handle @Sh*tMyDadSays, @GOPsayWhat will
have a little fun at the expense of verbally challenged Republican
candidates, members of Congress, and pundits by highlighting the
extreme, often outrageous, or just plain ridiculous things GOPers say
as they continue to follow the far-right wing of the Republican Party.”
Three sample tweets: @GOPsayWhat: “I’m also unemployed.” #Romney, a
multimillionaire speaking to actual unemployed Americans #outoftouch
#greatesthits // @GOPsayWhat: "That is not a real debt. It’s a
fictitious debt. It’s a dishonest debt, and we’re not obligated.” #Paul
#lalaland // @GOPsayWhat: “Absolutely [Iowans] relate to me, because I
eat a lot of pork and a lot of beef." #Cain #notavegetarian. Here is
the Twitter page: http://bit.ly/phf5hu.
DNC email to supporters
August 11, 2011
2012 Republicans are in for a real test this week. They're gathering in
Iowa for a debate on Thursday and an important straw poll on Saturday
where conservative activists will select the person they think ought to
be the GOP nominee.
Whoever fares the best in these two contests
will come out of the weekend with a burst of momentum. And with so much
at stake, you can be sure that these Republicans will reach new lows in
their attacks on the President and new extremes in their plans to gut
programs that America's seniors and middle class families rely on.
means we need to be ready to beat back their misstatements with
fact-checks, showcase good analysis from other debate watchers, and
respond to their attacks in real time.
want you there with us. Sign up to watch the debate with us on
Thursday, and we'll send you a reminder so you don't miss a minute.
though this election is just getting started, for some Republicans
Thursday might be their last chance for their campaigns to catch fire.
For the current frontrunners, a bad showing might prove to be a
types of candidates deserve a thorough look and an aggressive response
from those of us who are committed to debunking their misstatements,
defeating their extreme agenda, and reelecting President Obama and
Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, and the rest of
the GOP bunch are daydreaming right now about the successes they'll
enjoy after this week -- great headlines, new donors, and a wave of
We can make sure that what they wake up to
instead are stories about the facts they got wrong and the voters they
alienated. But it will take all of us to keep the record straight.
Sign up for a reminder to join us on Thursday:
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