DNC chair says Republicans rooting for bad economy
April 8th, 2012
09:48 AM ET
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DNC chair says Republicans rooting for bad economy

(CNN) – Republicans looking to defeat President Barack Obama in November’s general election are rooting for the American economy to fail, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said in an interview Sunday.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said criticism from Republicans on Friday’s worse-than-expected jobs report was reflective of their political motives.

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“What's really bothersome to me is that it almost seems like my Republican colleagues in Congress and Mitt Romney are rooting for economic failure,” Wasserman Schultz told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley. “I mean, they've been hyper focused on one job, Barack Obama's, for really the last two years. And we all need to be pulling together to focus on moving the economy forward for the middle class and for working families.”

On Friday, the Department of Labor reported 120,000 jobs were created in March, fewer than most economists had predicted. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.2% as Americans dropped out of the workforce. The report was met with scathing criticism from Republicans, who said the jobs figures reflected failed economic policies from the Obama administration.

On Sunday, Wasserman Schultz lauded what she said were substantial economic gains under Obama.

“Because we've now had 25 straight months of private sector job growth, more than 4 million jobs created, and where actually at this point in our recovery, we've created seven times more jobs than at the same point in the recovery in 2001, I’d say we're making slow but steady progress,” Wasserman Schultz said.

She slammed GOP plans as focused only on “making sure millionaires and billionaires can continue to do even better.”

“That's a pretty huge contrast,” she said.

The DNC chairwoman also assailed her GOP rivals for efforts she said were meant to restrict women’s rights, saying policies that allow employers to deny health insurance coverage for contraception amounted to a stripping away of rights.

“The focus of the Republican Party on turning back the clock for women really is something that's unacceptable and shows how callous and insensitive they are towards women's priorities,” she said.

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  1. The Greedy Old PIgs declared class war on US!

    Well DUH! The GOBP has nothing else to run on. Not values, not personality, not policy ideas that go beyond the GOBP cult's proven failed policy ideas. They have nothing but fear, ignorance, lies, hate and the hope that something like an economic setback they can try to pin on President Obama. The GOBP's flaccid field of clown car candidates is an insult to Americans everywhere.

    April 8, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. GI Joe

    She's right - any time there is something positive, the bloggers spin it to be falsified numbers, or say "our republican could have done it better". The republicans are too obvious in their hate for anything positive that this president does or has done.

    i still say that if we clean the House (get the baggers out), the moderate republicans can be themselves again without the fear they, too, have had to suffer from those extremists in the bagger party.

    April 8, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. king

    Lesson their are two keys to a successful economy, this is perception and policies. For the past 3 years the repubs war on consumer confidence have been epic. Every negative thing president does to bring the economy out of the ditch the repubs policies put in, they said it will cause caos and mayhem. I still don't understand how the people defy the repubs grim speculations and still spend to get us out of their caps. I give the American people this, they are resiliant.

    April 8, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Country First? The one thing that we know about republicans is that their only hope for survival is if they make the "Country Worst." Elected republicans ignore the oath they swore to our country, instead, they support the oath they swore to Grover Norquist.

    April 8, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Note to republicans, Corporations are not people, and women are not caterpillars.

    April 8, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. CHL

    LOL! Reps don't have to cheer. All they have to do is let the Dems have both houses and the Presidency for two years. And an activist EPA doesn't do the Dems any favors either. The effects will be very long lasting. Remember Johnson? The government paid poor women to have babies for 30 years! I am part of the 20% of the work force who were laid off in Jan of 2011. I am now part of the reduction in the unemployment rate because my benefits ran out. Thanks for getting me fired in the first place, Obama! I can't wait to see him get his but kicked in November.

    April 8, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Kevin

    This seems like a spin from the democrats. The economy has stunk for 3 years...but the fact that the republicans focus on it during the presidential campaign (which they should) is somehow spun as they hope for a bad economy is laughable. Nice deflection from the party in control. Take some responsibility and "man-up!".

    I don't want to become the next Greece...we need new leadership who understand how to move the economy. As a voter, I feel that the biggest issue is the economy. The other issues pale in comparison.

    April 8, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Personhood republican presidential candidate, Mittens, supports the stand your ground legislation, so you can kill an unarmed human being, but you cannot kill a zygote. I wonder if Mittens knows how many more government agents he will need to monitor women's bedrooms if he gets elected.

    April 8, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If the worthless leadership of the house would pass the transportation bill, several hundred thousand people would go back to work, but that would help America, so the GOP won't do it.

    April 8, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. CA Cowgirl

    Saw this today, "I thought about voting Republican then just decided to buy a bible, dump oil into a national park and give my money to a rich person....figured I'd just cut out the middleman." Couldn't have said it better!

    April 8, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When 8 million jobs were lost durning "W's" last three years, that should have given everyone an idea that the economy stunk, long before President Obama took over. According to McCain, the economy was 'cratering,' and he pointed out that if he talked about the economy, he would lose the presidency. In 2010, the republicans ran on "jobs, jobs, jobs, and used their majority in the house to attack women's rights. Which only proves, if you want something ruined, put a republican in charge.

    April 8, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Anonymous

    "we need new leadership who understand how to move the economy. As a voter, I feel that the biggest issue is the economy."

    So, bringing back all of GW's advisers is going to move the economy in a different direction than it did during GW's eight years? You do understand that Mitt's advisers were the same men advising GW? Far as I am concerned, they did enough damage already.

    April 8, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. DC Observer

    Wasserman has always been a polarizing figure and one that promotes class warfare while contribution NOTHING of consequence or value to the nation. For all her years in DC she has done nothing to help with our crushing debt or our rampant deficit spending. She has not made a single proposal to reform Social security or Medicare. She has not made a single proposal for getting spending under control. Debbie has not done anything to help our economy. With her ZERO CONTRIBUTION towards anything to do with the nation's financial and economic well being, it is hypocricy for her to say the GOP wants the country to fail, when the GOP is the only party to make an attempt. Her lack of contributions and her polarization rhetoric are totally off base , counter-productive, and useless to our future

    April 8, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Manny

    I would not expect any intelligent comment from the DNC. Democrats just to try to politicize the terrible state of this economy by blaming Bush or the GOP instead of Comrade Obama's failed policies. I noticed they have support of a whole bunch of wackos posting comments at this site.

    April 8, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. GOP = Greed Over People

    They proclaimed up front that they wanted President "Obama to fail" and of course, if he fails so do we all. No less, that the minority leader of the Senate touted the call for failure. Their stated agenda has been for the failure of the President and therefore, by proxy, the failure of the country. When was the last time a football team won when the quarterback failed?

    So. it is a fact they want economic bad news for all, and have done everything possible to slow the recovery, in an attempt to make the President look bad. They go to the negative side of any remotely positive news on the economy, jobs or policy. Here in GA, the GOP majority state legislator headed by con Fran Millar, has lowered UI to 20 weeks or less, a certain and permanent cure for the unemployment issue, by starving them all to death!

    The "failure" mantra and "take back our country" was the battle cry of 2010 and Americans voted for log-jammed legislators and their own failure.

    So, no whining now and blaming Wasserman-Schulz for state the obvious truth as outline by the GOP "leaders".

    April 8, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The "Guns for Jesus" crowd has been posting fascist comments at this site.

    April 8, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Anonymous

    "I noticed they have support of a whole bunch of wackos posting comments at this site."

    Thank goodness too, because without our support and votes, this country will no longer be the greatest country in the world, all things considered. Right wing extremists have been praying for the fall of America. God forbid they are given the authority to make that happen in my lifetime.

    April 8, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I certainly would not blame "W" for his two unfunded wars, his 3 unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, his unfunded drug program, his unfunded TARP program, the loss of 8 million American jobs in his last three years, and leaving a national debt of $12 trillion to President Obama. I think it was Pelosi and Reid's fault.

    April 8, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. vic , nashville ,tn

    When unemployment rate go up GOP happy
    When US car sales go down GOP happy
    When GUN sales go up GOP happy
    When pentagon spending go up GOP happy
    Do the math which party is good for economy

    April 8, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Emmy Skaddittle

    one of the numbers i noticed from the unemployment report was that the government was laying of less people last month. I guess this means the republicans haven't cut enough. The main reason they want to cut government spending is because this will put millions of people out of work and raise the unemployment numbers for the president. The republicans have sworn to do anything they can to get rid of Obama

    April 8, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. geggyg


    where did you get the figure of 20% of the work force being laid off in Jan 2011. Teabaggers say that if people dont get a job before their unemployment benefits run out they are lazy and want to suck of the govt and that their are plenty of jobs if people want to work. So seeing you still havent got a job are you lazy or too picky about what job you want . just wondering.

    April 8, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. Wood Yi

    But Democrats, NO, they did not do this in any prior election cycle. Democrats are holy.

    April 8, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Wood Yi

    The economy began to go south in 2006, as soon as Democrats took over Congress and spent, spent, spent. Five years they have been at this, destroying the economy with their failed Keyneianism.

    April 8, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Randy, San Francisco

    So far the top one percent of wealthiest Americans are the only ones benefiting from the steady but slow economic recovery. Salaries and profits have gone up for the rich and salaries remain stagnant for most hard working Americans. The proposed GOP/Tea Party budget cuts taxes further for the rich at the expense of the average American. This is not Robin Hood in the reverse, stealing from the poor and give to the rich. Yes, it is class warfare. The GOP/Tea Party is sticking it to the Middle Class.

    April 8, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Stephan P

    How can lowering taxes for the top 1%, privatizing every entitlement for Americans, stripping away Planned Parenthood and affordable healthcare a good thing??? Its almost as if people have short term memory loss. Have you forgotten the government shutdown Boehner pushed or the current taxpayer subsidies given to oil companies that GOP defended? How bitter can a person be that they would give their vote to people who clearly only have the interest of the 1% at heart?. Come on! These are the same people who fought against the GAO when it was proven repealing healthcre would TAKE AWAY billions from the federal budget and taxpayers. But people want these guys in the White House??!?!?? People that ignorant or that vindictive make me sick!!!!

    April 8, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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