DNC chair pulls no punches on Romney
November 23rd, 2011
12:29 PM ET
7 years ago

DNC chair pulls no punches on Romney

(CNN) – Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz singled out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Wednesday as having “really disturbing views” following his performance in CNN's national security debate Tuesday night.

"Mitt Romney did his level best to continue to pull the field of Republican candidates as far to the right and the extreme right as possible," Schultz said in an interview on CNN's "American Morning."

The Florida congresswoman criticized Romney –who's received GOP heat for being too moderate in the past-saying "he's done his best to continue to embrace the tea party extremism."

The Republican Party hasn't selected a nominee for the 2012 presidential nomination, but Romney has polled consistently at the top of the GOP field.

"On immigration, where he said that, even family who have been here for 25 years, as Newt Gingrich talked about, he would tear those apart," Schultz said.

"I want to makes sure the American people understand the dramatic contrast between Mitt Romney's views , particularly because he flip-flops on every major issue, has no consistent position, no conviction, no core.”

The Romney campaign responded in a statement.

"President Obama has failed to create a single net new job and has wreaked more havoc on the middle class than any president in modern history. The only job President Obama cares about is his own," said spokesman Andrea Saul.

And taking on the isolated attack, Saul continued,"The last thing the White House wants is Mitt Romney as an opponent – which explains their obsessive focus on him and their 'all hands on deck' approach to their strategy of "kill Romney."

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Dave, Central Illinois

    Why should anybody outside of the OWS types in the Dem party care about what this big-mouthing, snearing, little attack-dog thinks?

    November 23, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    "I want to makes sure the American people understand the dramatic contrast between Mitt Romney's views , particularly because he flip-flops on every major issue, has no consistent position, no conviction, no core.”
    She must be getting text hints from David Axelrod on how to try and disparage Mitt Romney. They seem to have defined a strategy of avoiding real issues and instead working on personal attacks based on what they think will stick.

    But this is short-term desperation. Eventually Obama will have to get in front of Americans and try and debate the Republican nominee. Personal attacks will not carry a debate. Unfortunate for Obama, the important issues will be brought up and this is where he will be soundly defeated. Just like 2010 except this time his name will be on the ballots.

    November 23, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Nash

    Mitt Romney lost the 2008 nomination because of his flip flops and staying out of the fray until he sees a winner before he chooses sides. His gambles have failed miserably. I expect him to end up a bitter and beaten person at the end of this process. He seems to have forgotten the lessons of 2008 Campaign. McCain lost because among other things he went extremely negative making it much harder to pivot to a more moderate stance at the very end. Of course, Palin didn't help when she continued to attack even when a more prudent approach would have sufficed. Romney's presumptious attitude,his disdain for the President and his underestimation of the political influence of the President will be his downfall.

    November 23, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. NYIndependent

    there is something very funny about someone who is to the far left try and scare people about somebody on the other extreme. Isn't the dangerous part the "extreme" part and not the left or right part? So she is just as bad as he.

    November 23, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Dave, Central Illinois

    Why should anybody outside of the OWS types in the Dem party care about what this big-mouthing, snearing, little attack-dog thinks?
    What she thinks isn't important, but what she says is true. She stated the same chatter coming out of the "we still need an anti-Romney crowd" on conservative talk radio. We have all noticed that you didn't disagree with her, too.

    November 23, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:
    She must be getting text hints from David Axelrod on how to try and disparage Mitt Romney.
    Nope. It is what is being discussed on right wing radio. Did you see today's article about the anti-Romneys in Iowa?

    November 23, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Nash

    Since Bush perfected the term "flip-flopper", Romney is bound to lose. Republicans can use whatever means but they will definitely lose because their candidates are a bunch whinny mediocre extremists who lack the appeal to woe independent voters. Maybe Republicans think they can from video recordings of past flip flops and lies. Not this time! There are enough informed voters to keep these hypocrites out where they belong.

    November 23, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. diridi

    no one in GOP clowns are trustworthy....o.k, I saw the debate. very sad.

    November 23, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. T'sah From Virginia

    I don't think that the candidates from the RIGHT believe that they have to run for "all" of America and not just the far-RIGHT!!! And the more Romney goes there – the more obvious it would be that he would LOSE. What is he going to do if he gets the nomination – Flip back to the middle to try and WIN me over??? I don't think so!!

    Obama 2012

    November 23, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Ronald Romney

    NASH – Exactly what planet do you live on???

    MITT – The 1st HONEST politician I've seen in a LOOOOONG time! I guess that disqualifies him from being POTUS.

    November 23, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Republican bought and paid for shill

    On behalf of all the Republican Party, I would like to thank the Democrats (or was it Obama) for putting Debbie Wasserman Schitz as the front and center mouthpiece for the party. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better than Nancy Pelosi. You never fail to please...

    November 23, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Sheryl D

    Hey Four and the Door, good luck with that.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    November 23, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Dixie AZ

    Romney has no ideas to cure our sick economy. If he is elected, he will govern along extremist GOP party lines. Nothing will change except entitlement programs that help the poor. The entitlements and medicare will be things of the past.

    November 23, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Dixie AZ

    I care. Wasserman is a very smart puppy.

    November 23, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. MeganKI

    The Democrats want to tear down Romney. They know he can beat Obama. I'm supporting Romney.

    November 23, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Richard in Houston

    @Four and the door. In the article where did the DNC chair make a personal attack againt Mr. Rommney.

    November 23, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. JOHN

    It doesn't matter who the Repubcan'ts put as their fall guy. When the votes are counted after the Nov. 2012 election, President Barack Obama will be President again!

    November 23, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. MN Mom

    Who knows WHAT Romney REALLY thinks? All he cares about is obtaining Presidential power and he will do or say anything at all in order to get it. He is not the kind of person that we need in the White House. He has no true convictions and flip flops back and forth saying whatever he thinks he needs to - in this case Wasserman-Shultz is correct, Romney's talking points are going further and further to the right as he tries to win over Tea Party types. America needs a President who cares about the Middle Class and that is NOT Romney who says that "corporations are people" and who would put the good of his 1% cronies before the good of the 99% of hard-working Americans who are struggling right now. There is no way I would vote for Romney. President Obama is on the right track and just needs a Congress who will not block his every idea.

    November 23, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Independents For Bug Eyed Finger Pointing Politicians

    DWS knows how to attack those Republicans! Go get 'em Debs. I hope Deb got her shots this year.

    November 23, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Larry

    My recollection is that Romney said that granting amnesty or permission to stay to people in the US illeagally but for long term would serve to attract more people – a completely logical and empirically demonstrated conclusion. I do not recall Romney indicating exactly what he would do, nor do I believe there are any clear answers to this question. How the DNC twists this statement to mean he would tear apart families who have been here 25 years reflects the ugliness of our political system and the disdain and simple mindedness with which our political leaders treat the public. These statements do not undermine my respect for Romney, but they definitely undermine my respect for the DNC and, by extension, give me pause about Obama – whom I generally respect.

    November 23, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Romney. They seem to have defined a strategy of avoiding real issues and instead working on personal attacks based on what they think will stick. "

    Calling Mittens a flip-flopper is not a "personal" or "ad hominem" attack. It is a 100% accurate, objective observation of his past and present behavior and a legitimate point made in opposition to his claims of holding one position or the other during this race. Grifters should NOT be coddled, and legitimate, fact-based, substantive observations and arguments pointing out hypocritical, pandering, spineless, say-whatever behavior should not be summarily dismissed as nothing more than "personal attacks" with no merit. Mittens is a snake who takes whatever position he thinks will most benefit him at any given moment and it seriously undercuts his credibility and any appearance of integrity when he stands in front of a particular group of people and tells them what they want to hear...magically, for some unknown and inexplicable reson, managing to always avoid saying anything they don't want to hear (never heard of polls? focus groups?). As for debates, it is an extremely effective argument strategy to point out that there are actual, existing, factual instances of your opponent taking a different position than he is taking at the debate...or even previously agreeing with your position, which you then explain in detail. Any delusions you're entertaining that Mittens isn't in serious serious trouble if he's debating Obama should be summarily dismissed (as opposed to rationalizing your way to summarily dismissing these criticisms). Wishful thinking will get Mittens nowhere except to the nomination and then an embarassing electoral college defeat like McCain's.

    November 23, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Frank

    Who listens to this crazy woman anyway?

    November 23, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. swolfson929

    Old Mitt asked for this poking after his TV ad.....when you lie in an add like he did...he has to expect some slack. He can attack Obama with real stuff...making things up makes him look like a cheater to everyone. The GOP has no interest in taking the White House next year. They will wait another 4 years when the economy is on the rise and try to take credit for that. They have no real interest in cleaning up this mess...why should they....much easier to yell from the sidelines how horrible Obama is doing.

    November 23, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Phil in KC

    Poor Mitt – he's taking it from the left and the right. The right says he isn't conservative enough. And the left says he's too far to the right. And the so-called 'moral majority' (or whatever they're calling themselves these days) say that he's not really a Christian – as if his religion really matters.
    Works for me, though – whatever splinters the Republican party.

    November 23, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. dolceamara

    She is putting words into Romney's mouth. That is NOT what he said. Just because he refused to be pigeon-holed into who he would make "exceptions" for–and he did talk about exceptions–she wants to paint him as having an opinion that is diametrically opposed to Gingrich's. I think it was smart to take a stand on illegals first, and talk about exceptions later. Even Gingrich didn't say WHERE he would draw the line.

    November 23, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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