DNC chair says Republicans rooting for bad economy
April 8th, 2012
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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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soundoff (495 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Obama has a record of 25 consecutive months of job creation without a single republican vote. The market is up, auto industry is alive, bin Laden dead, 4 million jobs created, end of the war in Iraq, health reform, and protecting women's rights. Fox foreign owned media is doing a tremendous disservice to their slow learning viewers, by attacking the president.

    April 8, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Pete/Ark

    All I can say to the lady is.............when you're right,you're right.

    April 8, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    You can see the results of the republican efforts. They have done nothing but try to make our president fail. But it has been just the opposite. The economy has continued to improve despit their efforts to keep it down. Four more years for President Obama and a congress that will work with him this time and we'll make even more progress.

    April 8, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Phil

    Love how the Dem/Libs change the subject to try to deflect attention to what is really going on. They have horrid policies thats killing the economy, and instead of owning up to it, they try to deflect attention from it or reflect it onto someone else

    April 8, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Steve

    If the Republicans are rooting for a bad economy they can stop cheering. It's bad, Debbie!

    April 8, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Phil

    Wire Palladin, Wrong, there are 6 more million unemployed now than 3 years ago. Bin Laden dead, due to 7 years of intelligence that lead up to it. End of Iraq war was signed, sealed and delivered by orders of President Bush for that date. Healthcare reform that 75% of the people want repealed.

    April 8, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    @WV: "And if you want to talk about tax evasion, what about the 47% of the US that doesn't pay income tax? "

    That 47% consists of the retired

    According to the USA Today, "The lowest-income Americans — those who make less than $25,000 a year — account for the largest number of those not paying any federal income tax: 76% as of 2009. But that share has been decreasing for years. Meanwhile, the percentage of nontaxable returns has been growing for people with higher incomes. As of 2009, more than 20,000 filers making more than $200,000 a year — 1,470 of whom had adjusted gross income of more than $1 million — owed no income tax."

    Also, "In 2009, the most recent year for which Internal Revenue Service data is available, filers with adjusted gross income of less than $30,000 made up 83% of all the nontaxable returns."

    Lastly, "when you figure in payroll taxes — such as those for Social Security, Medicare and unemployment — more than 80% of tax filers pay some kind of federal tax. And that doesn't include sales taxes, state taxes, local taxes, gas taxes, etc., which catch just about everyone."

    So why don't you turn off Fox and Limpaw, do a little research and start thinking for yourself?

    April 8, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. todd

    sorry baby, your boss owns this economy, hes had three years and nothing to show for it-hes fired!!!

    April 8, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Cheryl Jefferies

    What an idiot! What an idiotic thing to say, even for an idiot. Since no Dem idea to help the economy has worked...in fact, they've all failed miserably...and people are tired of hearing the blaming of Bush, now, this jerk says those of us who are Republicans or right-leaning want the economy to fail. I've heard some stupid excuses for incompetency in my time, but this one truly boggles the mind.

    April 8, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    @Self Evident: "Voting Republican does more harm to this country than al Qaeda ever could do."

    I agree. Why would anyone bother to strike our country militarily if all they have to do is give money to the GOP (which, thanks to Citizens United, they can in unlimited, untraceable amounts) who are gladly trying to destroy our country from the inside out?

    April 8, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. dnick47

    Its about time the DNC woke up a smelled the skunk cabbage... the RNC has been doing this since Carter to each and every Democratic Administration but the DNC has never called their hand on it until now... good work lady, its times to fight these liars, frauds and cheats beter know as the GOP.

    April 8, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. JL. Taylor

    The Republicans hate President Obama, fredom for women and America. These right wing
    religious hypocrites will stop at nothiong in their efforts to destroy this country.

    April 8, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Phil – You are wrong. 8 million jobs lost in Bush's last three years. "W" had an overall increase of one million jobs created in two terms. (Ever Carter had 11 million jobs created in on term) Bin Laden is dead even though Bush stated he did not care if he was captured or killed. If you go by republican talking points, "Mission Accomplished" was not the end of the Iraq war, and our troops were finally brought home to the objection of the GOP.

    April 8, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. dontbow

    Not rooting for it, we already know that based on obamas last 4 years of wastefull spending he will destroy this country if he spends like that again the next 4. It's time for CHANGE! wake up America because you will be paying for it. obamacare will cost trillions with no way to pay for it.

    April 8, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. DSO

    Make no mistake, the Republicans are going to hold the Obama administration responsible for the current state of the economy, just as the Democrats did to the Bush administration in 2008. The DNC chair can cry foul all she wants, as I'm sure her Republican counterpart did four years ago. I wonder how many voters are actually fooled by this nonsense.

    April 8, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Peter

    Put on some clothes and go home, Republicans! You're embarrassing yourselves.

    April 8, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Phil

    Wire Palladin, YOU are wrong. Search cnn money for "Will Obama break even on jobs?". It shows clear as day, 4.4 million jobs lost since Obama has taken office on that graph, which is 2 months old.

    April 8, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. mcsunshine

    I'm saddened and worried to see this rabble-rouser trying to stir women into a frenzy over a $9.99 free prescription for birth control. Birth control is not a health issue (except in a very few cases when used to regulate menstration), Ladies hold up you heads, keep your pride intact, tell your guy to get a condom for $1.00 that will also prevent you from contracting a sexually transmitted disease, and tell Ms. Wasserman that your vote on many more important issues can't be bought for $9.99...we are worth much more than that!

    April 8, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Cheryl J. – Wow, just wow.

    April 8, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Phil – No, I'm sorry, you are once again wrong.

    April 8, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Peter

    DSO: If we had been able to count on Republican cooperation over these past 3 years, if Obama had been allowed to implement the policies he wanted to implement in the way he wanted to implement them, I'm sure we would have been in better shape recovering from decades of voodoo economics started by Reagan and culminating in the Monumental Crash of 2008–thanks to you guys. So, quit your complaining–it-s absurd. The only reason we're this far in our recovery is because Obama managed to get some things done in spite of your constant whining over these past few years. Now go put on some clothes.

    April 8, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. JK

    Bush did what Bib Laden failed to achieve ie destroy America. The last 30 years majority of GOP rule has been a disaster. Every GOPian is an enamy of America and the sooner we realize the lesser the damage. The latest from GOP is a name resounding "robme" But alas this not the generation that build America but the one that is destroying it.

    April 8, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. DSO

    Politicians from both parties are less concerned with governing the country well as they are with turning whatever happens into a "win" for themselves, or a "loss" for their opponents. If you think one party is guilty of this, while the other is not, your sense of objective truth is in need of calibration.

    April 8, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. Wayne

    This woman never lets any truth stand in the way of her divisive rhetoric. I can not believe that even she believes what she spews out.

    April 8, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Does wasteful spending include unfunded wars, unfunded tax cuts, unfunded drug programs, unfunded bailouts of big banks and Wall Street? Or are they not wasteful because the republicans did it?

    April 8, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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