New DNC chair gives her charge
May 4th, 2011
06:22 PM ET
12 years ago

New DNC chair gives her charge

Washington (CNN) - Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz received the gavel Wednesday to lead the Democratic National Committee, vowing to the 440 serving members that Democrats will "not be outworked" in the 2012 election.

The newly elected chair asked the DNC members to educate America so that each voter knows "what Democrats have done for them and what Republicans have done against them."

"It's hard to understand how they (Republicans) can be so out of touch with American priorities," the Florida representative said.

President Barack Obama nominated the four-term congressman to fill the post vacated by former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine who is now running for Senate and at the group's meeting Wednesday, she became the third woman to hold the post. CNN contributor and former Al Gore campaign director Donna Brazile served as interim chair.

Shortly after the uncontested vote, the president called into the gathering to congratulate Schultz.

"She is the right person for the moment," Obama said. "She stays focused and accomplishes goals."

Wasserman Schultz, a former Florida state representative, has been an outspoken voice for Democrats on Capitol Hill, advocating, often in the national media, for health care reform, consumer protection and more recently for her friend and colleague, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was injured in the Arizona shootings earlier this year.

In her address Wednesday, she laid out her three-point plan to defeat Republicans, ensuring Democrats win the White House, retain control of the Senate and win back control of the House.

To avoid the Republican policies that she said have "failed America over and over and over again," Democrats need to support the president's agenda, institute the best organization and hold Republicans accountable for their agenda.

"Republicans will throw everything they have at us. Fortunately, our everything is better," Wasserman Schultz said. "We know a little something about 'yes, we can,' but Republicans seem to be stuck on 'no, we can't.'"

Sean Spicer, Communications Director for the Republican National Committee responded to the election by saying she has "her work cut out for her."

"We wish Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz the best of luck," Spicer said. "With millions of Americans still looking for jobs, four dollar a gallon gas, rising consumer good prices, and efforts by Democrats to give Barack Obama a blank check to raise Washington’s spending, she certainly has her work cut out for her."

Filed under: 2012 • Debbie Wasserman Schultz • DNC
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. cliffy

    the woman talks like she has a mouth full of marbles and this is the best candidate to lead the Dems... They will get drubbed even harder in the next election with this woman at helm.

    May 4, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. CSM

    You have my VOTE!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

    May 4, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. ingrid

    "yes, we can!"

    May 4, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. rob

    This is the person who is calling Republicans killers. Can we really take her seriously? The election slogans of 2012 for the Dems will boil down to 2 things: Republicans are evil and President Obama killed OBL so re-elect us. Unfortuneately, thats all it will take for about 40% of the voters. Thank God for the 60% who will remember that the Dems have a 4 1/2 year track record of utter failure, huge NEW debt, unpopular programs and no plan to save us from the financial crisis we face.

    Nov. 2012 can't come fast enough.

    May 4, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. B

    Thank God!
    Now perhaps we will finally hear some Truth about what is really going on.

    It is about time for the Democrats to stand up to the Republican Propaganda Machine.

    May 4, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. AC

    Palin take a lesson from Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, she is articulate, classy and reads far more books and newspapers than you can ever dream of. Good luck Debbie, I have seen you on TV and you can take a hit and give back. I hope that some day we will be a US Senator!

    May 4, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Desmond in Canada

    Right on! Educate the public thoroughly before they get brain-washed by the Repugs

    May 4, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Sgt Schultz

    Smart plan. However the Dem's need to get their act together too and get rid of the deadbeats that don't support the President.
    Please get the deadbeats out of the party and especially the ones that act like Republicans or only care about their Big $ lobbyist pals. I support the Dem's...but we have our own issues with corruption...not just the Republicans.

    May 4, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. Brian

    Awesome! Someone finally gets it. I hope that all of my support of the party will translate to term 2 for President Obama!

    May 4, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. normajean

    I am so pleased that Debbie.Schultz is leading the Democratic National Commiittee. This is a young woman who is intellegent, knowledgeable and totally commited to the Democratic party.I have heard her speak many times and found her intensity and solid direction captivating. She is so in touch with what is going on and will be an excellent representative of the party. She will leave no stone unturned in giving the party the total support it needs from now through 2012!!!!

    May 4, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. Jake

    go after them!!!! the DNC lost the 2000 and 2004 elections because they didn't assert themselves against the GOP lies and corruption! be truthful and assertive and keep the GOP out of the White House for many, many years to come!

    May 4, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Go get 'em, Madam Chairwoman!!!

    May 4, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |