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White House Denies Plan for Ad Campaign Tying GOP to Tea Party Extremists

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On Sunday evening, the New York Times reported that the White House is considering launching a national ad campaign ahead of the midterm elections to portray the Republican Party as being taken over by extremist elements in the Tea Party movement. Almost as quickly as the story was posted, the White House denied any intentions to launch such a campaign, with officials sharply denying the story as "simply not true."

According to the Times, a democratic strategist, speaking anonymously, offered insight into the administration's planning process, saying, "We need to get out the message that it's now really dangerous to re-empower the Republican Party." Democrats in large part believe something is needed to close the so-called enthusiasm gap that exists between an energized Republican base and seemingly unengaged -- and even apathetic -- Democratic voters before the November elections.

Among the extremist positions held by Tea Party candidates and cited for possible inclusion in any White House campaign were: "shutting down the government [so the Tea Party could get its way], privatizing Social Security and Medicare and ending unemployment insurance."

Alongside any (possible) ad campaign, the Times cites other strategies presently being employed by the White House to engage its base, including young voters -- who played a key role in electing Barack Obama president. These measures include "big campaign-style rallies" -- the first of which will take place on Sept. 28 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Later rallies will be held in Ohio, Philadelphia and Las Vegas. The president will also send e-mails, record robo-calls, and conduct a national town hall webcast next month.

Regardless of whether the White House actually embarks on the ad campaign, it seems that strategists are already testing out the efficacy of using Tea Party rhetoric to fire up the left-wing base. At the Democratic National Committee, according to the Times, "aides already have started work on a database to link the most controversial statements of the Tea Party-backed candidates to possible Republican presidential aspirants."

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tplapper

Every movement, both left and right has extremists.

September 20 2010 at 12:28 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
Rob & Kathy

To this administration the "truth" is whatever you can make someone believe...

September 20 2010 at 12:17 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
greatqb44

New Records Show DOJ Lied About New Black Panther Dismissal. “A FOIA request reveals contradictions in statements made to Congress, the Civil Rights Commission, and to the public. Some of these statements were made under oath.”

September 20 2010 at 11:41 AM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
Rob & Kathy

How will this fix our country's problems?..

September 20 2010 at 11:37 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pagestarts

America is exhausted of endless hyperpartisan garbage coming from this White House, who should be spending every second of every day creating jobs. How long will this Dem administration and Dem Congress continue to foolishly attack American people who dare disagree with them? Are they learning nothing from what is clearly coming in November??? Instead of learning from their mistakes, they mindlessly continue to build on them.

September 20 2010 at 11:30 AM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply
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Chip Crawford

So, the "hyperpartisan garbage" is ONLY coming from the WH?

September 20 2010 at 12:04 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply

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