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. DSO

    Peter, does the observation that both parties play politics make me a Republican, or does it make me objective?

    April 8, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I cannot believe that right wingnuts did not know that Debbie is telling the truth.

    April 8, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Bill in VA

    She is wrong. We HAVE a bad economy. Maybe it isn't affecting her so she doesn't notice.

    April 8, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Mike

    @Phil are you counting from Jan 2009 when he was sworn in or Oct 2009 when unemployemnt peacked at 10% which technically was a result of an economy crash under Bush not Obama and leaves one to wonder how much higher it would have been if TARP was not passed.

    April 8, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. chris

    Just another whining Democrat. Is this really all you have to run on Obama? It's really disgusting what these liberal hypocrites will whine about.

    April 8, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Rusty

    The Democrats need to find a new spokesperson.

    April 8, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Fair + Balanced

    Somehow, this is news. If there is anyone who has been thinking differently, I have a bridge to sell you..........but then, if you are part of the G.O.P. (Greedy One Percent) you most likely already own it.

    April 8, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Romey

    And the Democrats wanted the wars to fail so they could get elected. Both sides have been doing this for years. Nothing new.

    April 8, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Orwell shrugs

    Republicans first, USA second. Senator Joe McCarthy salutes you.

    April 8, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. ty

    when GOP leader after leader stated that their FIRST objective was to defeat obama, it is obvious that what the gop has done in congress the past 3 years was to filibuster and block any kind of bill with flimsy excuses..the obvious truth is the GOP will do ANYTHING and has done EVERYTHING to stop economic growth so they can rule and help the banks and oil companies and wall street screw middle america further..funny how so called chritsians act so selfhisly and un jesus like...

    April 8, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. guesswho22

    @dontbow: I not necessary to spend like there's no tomorrow in Obama's second term. Our economy is recovering, even though its slowly. The Congress is not creating long term jobs, only pushint a Canadian owned pipeline through precious American farms and unspoiled lands that will potentially become victims of oil sands spillage (remember the Gulf of Mexico and how that was never supposed to happen?). Obama pushed for 2 million jobs to repair our infrastructure, but Republicans said no because the election is upcoming and it would make Obama look good. Everyone knows or suspects that Republicans put themselves first and the 99% last. They always have and always will.

    April 8, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. J R Brown

    So, Ms Chairwoman...which is it: is the GOP the embodiement of greedy, rich white guys or do those same greedy, rich white guys want the economy to collapse so they lose all their money...?

    Seriously...do you people at the DNC even think about the idiocy you put out there as political rhetoric? Or, maybe you just understand that your voting base seems to intellectually challenged to put the two together?

    Oh, and the President doesn't create jobs...although his policies can surely prevent them. Well, unless you consider creating endless new government departments that need staffing "job creation"....

    April 8, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Debra from Georgia

    The Republicans are bad for the economy. They were voted in office in 2010 and put out more bills that go against women right than they put out bills on jobs, oh wait a minute, they have not put any bills out on jobs.

    April 8, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Limbaugh is a liberal

    That's not an accusation. That's a fact. Republicans want the economy to fail, solely for their political play.

    April 8, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Mike Buck

    You didn't have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out that the RepubliCON Agenda is not focused on jobs at all. Instead they are focused on the FOUR G's... God, Guns, Gays and Gynecology.

    April 8, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. Peter E

    This is hardly news. In 2008 (and ever since) Karl Rove, and other republican pundits were openly rooting for a terrorist attack on the US because it would help them politically.

    April 8, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Mike

    @Wire Palladin, S. F.
    it depends how you count fact check during Bushes eight year s there was a net gain of 1 million jobs mostly due to governemnt expandtion, it goes on to say that Jobs peaked jan 2008 to a low in Feb 2010 there was 8.75 million jobs lost which the left pinns on Bush while the right pins it all on Obama, so the quesion is who do you blame for the economic crash more the fact is th eeconomy crashed in late 2008 before Obama took office so I tend to place the job lost mostly squarely on Bush's shoulders as job lost started to snowball in late 2008 unitl it peaked in Oct 2009 this avalanche of job lost was the effect of Bush policies.......but there will always be a debate on who caused what, you have Romney claiming Obama cost only 2 million job lost which would mean Bush caused 6.75 million, and since the calim is we have regained 4 million of those lost jobs........what is interesting is the Ryan budget just passed in a highly partisan house would cut 1 million defense jobs at a time we are trying to get americans back to work, also consider we lost about 660,000 State and local governent jobs with House Republicans refused a proposal to help them, this amount to a ,5% of the current jobless rate....there is a report in NY times that shows in Jan. 2008 138 million were working when Obama was sworn in late january there where 130.5 million working buy Feb 2010 the number had bottomed at 129.25 million working as of Oct 2011 that number stood at 130.75 million which would mean under Obama we had a net job gain of 250,000 jobs from the day he was sworn in, it also shows a gain of 2.5 millions jobs since the recession bottomed, US Labor board has stated as of Jan 2012 there were 3.5 million job openings around the country rather high considering so many are still out of work.....we seem to get so much spin from either side bent of destorying each other than actully working for thier pay, we migh tbe better off making Congress a part time job think of the millions we could save consider the average House members office budget is 1.45 million a year with 435 house members.over 6.3 billion a year

    April 8, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. you must be kidding

    she should be more worried about the independents. Ron Paul is actually doing MUCH better than cnn and fox are reporting (shame on you guys). If Romney and Santorum manage to railroad the gop conventions the good Dr. can still run on an independent ticket (we are all just going to write him in reguardless). The young democrats actually believe Obama has the full support of his own party (funny) and the GOP think they have a chance without the libertarians and independents (also funny).

    April 8, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. Mike

    during the election in 2008 it was not until late 2008 we had any idea that we were head to the worst economic disater since the great depression which is what put the final nail into McCains coffin, selcting Palin was the first....

    April 8, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. ragman77

    No matter what you are "rooting" for, with O'Bama's wrongheaded policies you will get a "bad economy".
    It is a done deal.

    April 8, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Liz the First

    You go, Debbie!!! this is exactly what the American people need to hear, even though folks like Wayne will stick their fingers in their ears and give the old 'la, la, la, can't hear you.' the truth is only divisive if one side doesn't have any respect for the truth. this has been going on ever since Obama took office. the rethugs are doing everything they can to keep the economy in the ditch simply so they can scream 'Obama failed,' and thier idiot base will believe them. they don't care who suffers in the meantime, whose kids go hungry, who loses their homes. they are true monsters. and as far as their war on women goes, they are now officially calling for government-mandated rape of any woman who wants an abortion. when you force a woman to take anything into her body that she doesn't want there, be it a male reproductive organ, a beer bottle, or a trans-vaginal ultrasound wand, that is rape! no woman in her right mind will vote republican this year or ever again.

    April 8, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. Geoz

    This isn't news. They have been rooting for the President and the Economy to fail. The reason why is clear: power.
    They want their particular set of beliefs to be right. It is a philosophically selfish way to live.

    April 8, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Mike

    you seem to forget the first two years Obama was in office the Dems controlled both houses of Congress, they wasted much of that time passing the Health Care Act, which did nothing to saving or creating jobs, it has been since 2011 that Republicans have controlled the House and adopted a just say no to everything postition. Why didn't when he could have pushed for tax reform instead of just extending the BUsh tax cuts which are again set to expire at the end of this year> Becuase Dems refused to even if they had made the Bush tax cuts permenant would have been better than doing nothing on long term tax policy

    April 8, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. trix are for kids

    She is a good example of how whiney the new democratic party has become. Like the democrats don't do the exact same thing. If you can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen!!!

    April 8, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. andy

    Okay Congresswoman. You spoke the truth that many of us have known for the past nearly four years. Now please, for once: DON'T BACK DOWN AND APOLOGIZE! I get so sick and tired of Dems who finally get tough then turn around and capitualte in the face of Republican criticism.

    April 8, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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