Conservatives Weigh How to Battle 'PR Assault From Left'

By Scott Hogenson | July 7, 2008 | 8:27 PM EDT

Crystal City, Va. ( - Republican politicians were urged to "stop being so polite," in their public relations dealings with Democrats, during a seminar Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington, D.C.

In a sometimes raucous panel discussion on how President George W. Bush can fight the P.R. of the left, author David Horowitz, said conservatives needed to "begin to fight their fire with our fire," and accused the Democratic Party of being "a racist party."

"For 25 years, the Democratic Party ran a welfare system that systematically destroyed the poor Black and Hispanic families," said Horowitz, who heads up the Center for the Study of Popular Culture. "They've destroyed the lives of millions of poor Black and Hispanic children," by their welfare policies.

Horowitz was joined on the panel by political consultant Marc Rotterman, who urged grassroots conservatives to "confront" Democratic attacks with "an in-your-face approach." More to Follow