Sunday, June 1, 2014

Dems' 2014 strategy: run against 1980 Libertarian platform

The Next Level Of The Anti-Koch Campaign: Treat David Koch Like A Candidate For Office - Evan Morris-Santoro, Buzzfeed:

April 1, 2014 - "In 1980, David Koch ran in and funded a presidential campaign that called Social Security 'The Ultimate Pyramid Scheme' and promised to abolish and replace it.

"In 2014, Democrats are hoping to use that fact to tar the Republicans he and his brother Charles are bankrolling in 2014. Welcome to the next phase of the Democrats’ anti-Koch strategy this year: Treat the Kochs like a candidate for office and try to make Republicans answer for the Kochs’ libertarian ideology.

"Democrats have already painted the Kochs as a shadowy pair pouring millions into the political process for their own ends. In recent months Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has made almost a daily point of invoking their names, calling them 'moles'... In North Carolina, supporters of Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan ... say Republicans benefitting from Koch spending need to say whether or not they agree with statements like the one about Social Security in 1980.

"David Koch didn’t actually write the book that called for the abolition of Social Security, but he was the main driver of the presidential campaign that pushed for it in 1980. Koch ran as vice president on the Libertarian ticket helmed by Ed Clark, but according to a 1980 New York magazine report on the race was selected by Libertarian party leaders as VP candidate before Clark was selected to run for president, mostly because of his ability to give their campaign effort more money than it had ever seen before....

"And so, using a copy of Clark’s 1980 campaign book A New Beginning as a jump-off point, Hagan’s supporters are beginning to vet Koch as a candidate for office, shopping around the kind of opposition research campaigns usually send out on their opponents."

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/koch-ran-for-vp-with-a-campaign-that-called-social-security
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