DNC chair pulls no punches on Romney
November 23rd, 2011
12:29 PM ET
10 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. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:
    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...
    I agree with that first line. Practice what you preach. You call Obama names on an hourly basis. But, the most important issues to conservatives are the social issues that House Republicans have voted on this year.

    The House Republicans have passed: another ban on using federal funds for abortions; a solemn resolution re-iterating the importance of "In God We Trust"; several resolutions to strike down laws that are not yet in effect; a resolutions to restore deregulation on stuff that hasn't seen stricter regulation; a budget plan that destroys the government entitlement programs created to give Americans an alternative to the predatory practices of the unregulated free markets.

    November 23, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Indy

    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.

    Four and the Door has some good points here, the name calling is short term and once the Republican nominee and Obama get out in front of middle class Americans the personal attacks will not win for either side.I think it will be Romney as the candidate and I disagree with four that it will be a slam dunk for Romney, but it will require Obamas best to get the truth out and could make for some great debates that will give everyone a chance to see for themselves who will best serve the entire countrys best interests.

    November 23, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "She is putting words into Romney's mouth."

    I'd be careful with that accusation given that Mittens' campaign just released an advertisement of Obama that was clearly intended to attribute a statement that "if we talk about the economy, we lose" to Obama, when in reality the clip was from 2008 and was Obama quoting a McCain campaign advisor. As for putting words in his mouth, that's objectively wrong. Mittens attacked Newtered thoroughly and mercilessly for taking the position that families here for 25 years should not be torn apart. In fact, it's another flip-flop from Mittens, who in 2005-2006 supported the Kerry-McCain immigration reform plan, which would have helped avoid rippin families apart, but because he was runnign against McCain, he subsequently started opposing that plan in 2007.

    November 23, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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