As the political world’s focus settles on Ames for the quadrennial Iowa GOP Straw Poll, Democrats are launching a campaign to define the 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls called “Extreme Aims: Wrong for Seniors. Wrong for the Middle Class.”
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz also will be in Iowa to speak at the Iowa State fair soapbox and meet with Democratic activists and supporters of President Barack Obama at the Iowa Democratic Party’s booth at the fair.
Ahead of that, the Iowa Democratic Party is planning a series of round-table discussions on the disastrous GOP agenda. Discussions are planned in Davenport today, Cedar Rapids Aug. 9, Sioux City Aug. 10 and Des Moines Aug. 12.
“GOP candidates are touting their support for disastrous policies like the Ryan Plan or Cut, Cap & Balance which would slash Social Security and end Medicare as we know it while protecting tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires,” according to a spokeswoman for the state party.
Also, Obama will be visiting Iowa following the straw poll, traveling to northeast Iowa Aug. 16 to participate in a rural economic forum. The event at the Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta will be part of a three-day Midwest bus tour that will focus on economic issues, according to the White House.
This week, however, the DNC will be highlighting what it calls the GOP candidates’ “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 while the country’s future hangs in the balance.”
To counter the attention the straw poll will give the GOP 2012 hopefuls, the DNC will have a presence on the ground in Iowa beginning on Aug. 11 – the same day as the Republican Party of Iowa/Fox News debate at Iowa State University — which will include DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse and Wasserman Schultz, who will arrive Aug. 12, as well as other surrogates.
In addition to her state fair visit, Wasserman Schultz will participate in a round-table discussion with Iowans the morning of Aug. 12 in Des Moines. Following her visit to the fair – where it’s rumored she will eat something on a stick — Wasserman Schultz will head to Ames to meet with national and local media.
The message Democrats will be pushing is the “Extreme Aims” of the GOP candidates, such as:
The DNC’s campaign begins today with this web video, entitled “The GOP’s Extreme Aims:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgK5nl2Hzjw.
The video includes clips of each of the candidates talking about replacing the Environmental Protection Agency, repealing “ObamaCare,” ending Medicare and cutting taxes.
The DNC will roll out additional facets of the campaign 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 Iowa Democratic Party and so-called everyday Americans.
The straw poll week campaign follows on the heels of a memo Woodhouse sent to producers of Sunday news shows last week. In it, Woodhouse tee-ed off on Mitt Romney and made passing reference to Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman. The other 2012 GOP hopefuls don’t earn a mention in the 2,800-word memo.
According to Woodhouse, the GOP candidates are marching to the beat of a new drummer – the Tea Party. Nowhere is this more true than on the economy, especially the debt limit deal approved by Congress, but opposed by all of the GOP 2012ers save Huntsman, he wrote.
“Why are these candidates taking such ill-advised positions on the most important issues of our day?” Woodhouse asks. “Instead of voicing support for sensible solutions to our national problems, the leading Republican candidates for president have fully embraced the Tea Party and their ‘my way or the highway’ brand of politics.”
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