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. Orwell shrugs

    Phil using your reference which quotes BLS statistics, at this point the economy is down 700k compared to when Obama came in. But take a look at the stats a few months before during bush43, employement was dropping like a rock. It had something to do with the Republican financial debacle on Wall Street, you know when 1,000,000,000 dollars went POOF in one week, and wire transfers between bank came to a grinding halt. Then Bush43 reversed 60 years of Republican fiscal policy of let the markets sort it out, and intervened to bail them out with one of the fastest and biggest acts of congress. It was the worst financial crisis since 1929. Fortunately there was not a run on the banks, another two weeks it would have come to that for the public.

    So I am impressed with Obama's handling of the economy considering the disaster the Republicans created. Do not forget the recent Republican jerk around of stalling authorization of debt, causing another trillion to be lost in the stock market in one month. Yes the Republicans will sabatoge the economy intentionally if it will get them the presidency and the congress NO DOUBT, and have no doubt Richard Nixon is a criminal, disgraced ex POTUS regardless how the GOP spins it.

    April 8, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. Peter

    "Big accusation," huh. C'mon. Republicans have been hurling the wildest accusations at Democrats for decades.Let them hear the truth for once.

    April 8, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. NObama 2012

    Typical Democrat, blaming Obamas failures on complaints from the republicans. I'm playing the worlds smallest violin for you princess!!!

    April 8, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. bad2worse

    As much as I dislike Ms. Wasserman, I have to agree with her observation. Stupid people will vote against any president if the numbers are bad. Unemployment-president's fault, gas prices-president's fault, national debt-president's fault, well actually some of it is, the weather-president's fault. Anyway, you get the picture. I just laugh............................ and then cry. Stupid people shouldn't be able to vote. Then on the other hand look at all the stupid elected officials. God-I feel like forest gump-stupid is as stupid does. Thank you for viewing my stupid comment...................................................

    April 8, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. Grampa

    "Republicans looking to defeat President Barack Obama in November’s general election are rooting for the American economy to fail."

    This is obviously true but hardly news. Republicans have no plans or national goals of their own that are worth anything but contempt from the bottom 99%. Their only means of winning anything is through spin and propaganda. They're rooting for the economy to sour so they can blame it all on Obama, conveniently forgetting that it was Republican "leadership" during the Bush-Cheney years that allowed the Bush Recession to happen in the first place. The one problem with this strategy is that eventually everybody catches on and credibility goes to approximately zero, which is where the Republicans currently find themselves.

    April 8, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. MaryM

    The Republicans stated from the very beginning of Obamas Presidency, that they wanted to make him a one term President and then proceed to do everything they could to make sure that happend including trying to destroy
    America in the process

    April 8, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. George

    turningback the clock? what paying for birth control? is she serious?

    April 8, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. Ozie

    So when 200,000+ jobs are created in a month, no credit whatsoever is given to Obama. But the second the numbers start to even slightly decline, it suddenly is the result of all of his policies? Hypocrisy at it's best!

    April 8, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Greater Good

    What can you say? McConnel and Party Komisar, Limbaugh, have stated this openly from Day 1.

    April 8, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. WDinDallas

    Wasserman-Shultz is a lieing communist. Just about anything that comes out of her mouth is the exact opposite to reality.

    April 8, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. 3rd party

    Like she wanted Bush to succeed.

    April 8, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    "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!"

    As usual, the extreme rightwing nutjobs just toss out the Big Lie as if it is the truth and thus supports their "arguments." President Obama is the only candidate besides Ron Paul who has submitted a budget proposal that reduces the deficit. NOT Rmoney. NOT Newt Gingrich. NOT Mr. Frothy. And NOT Paul "The Undertaker" Ryan. GOBP cult members can't handle these inconvenient facts.

    April 8, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |

    You can't shine a sneaker. Obama was a bad experiment.....a conclusion reached by millions. Debbie's apologies won't alter that, nor will reinstating the "It's George W's fault" mantra. Get rid of this disaster, and let's get moving.

    April 8, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. Another Day in the Idiot Mines (the real one, not the whine rightywing liar)

    "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."

    The only spewing here is your fact free, example free rant.

    April 8, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. Enrico Pallazzo

    So let's review: The Dems have had AT LEAST 2/3 control of the elected government since 2006. In fact, for Obama's first 2 years they had the Senate, the House, and the Presidency. For 3 years now, every potential problem for Obama gets blamed on the GOP. EVERYTHING. I guess what I am supposed to take away from this is that the Democrats are such weak and ineffective leaders that even when they have all or most of the power, they are still getting tricked by their political opponents. Didn't Obama say something about how the GOP, "could come along for the ride, but they have to sit in the back of the bus. They had their chance". Those darn GOP back-seat drivers!!!!!! What a joke this guy has become, he should be donating a million bucks to Bildo Maher he's so funny. What has Obama done to stimulate Private sector job growth? The Dems run the Senate, where is any Budget from them? Last I checked, Obama's Budget was voted down 414 to 0 in the House!!! That means not ONE Dem supported it either!! You guys are the ones embarrassing yourselves by denying what a LIAR Obama is.

    April 8, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. Pat in IL

    She is absolutely right, and her comments can be backed up with documented facts. The Republicans must think that people believe everything they say, true or not. It is definitely time for the GOP to realize that their job is to work for the genuine good of all Americans, not just for a few, and not just for people who translate the Bible in the same way they do, or the few who have enough money to support their political careers.

    April 8, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Shannon

    Anyone with a brain sees how the Republicans cheer every bit of bad news America gets. They drove the country into the ground, and now that this President is trying to save America, they put obstacles in his path every step of the way. What kind of Americans cheer the downfall of America, Rush comes to mind, and he does have a lot of supporters being the head of the Republcian party.

    April 8, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. Enrico Pallazzo

    How can she say that Republicans are hoping for a bad economy? That's patently untrue!! I for one am getting so sick of hearing Obama blame someone else for everything, I'm willing to go along with anything he says if it will get him to shut up about himself!!

    April 8, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. skyler

    I must say that I have read postings here and on other sites that suggest republicans are practically salivating at the prospect the economy going south. Their gleeful comments when economic growth still continues but falls short of expectations, are absurd.

    April 8, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. FedUp

    And Obama's Energy Secretary is rooting for $9.00 a gallon gas (as he personally testified). Your point????

    April 8, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. Grundoon

    Deb's wrong. The attacks on the president aren't just 2 years old. the president has been attacked by the GOP since the moment he was inaugurated and have offered no alternatives what so ever, Nothing but tax cjuts for the rich which is in part why we are where we are. The only peope scarificing are the middle class and poor. The rich don't even send their boys toi fight the middle eastern wars, those buys are mostly middle class and poor. so they wealthy havecontributed very little to thateffort. They ran on jobs, jobs, jobs in 2010 and have done absolutely nothing in terms of jobs legislation. All their effort has been been wasted on social policy and sheer obstruction. In can't believe the amount of support they garner. I fear for my country and the future of my chidlren.

    April 8, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. Observant ET

    Have I got this right? The party whose policies wrecked your economy are now telling you that they are the only ones who can fix the economy, and the only way to fix the economy is doing more of what wrecked it in the first place? And many of you believe this?

    You Earth people are weird.

    April 8, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  23. AB

    I agree with Debbie on a lot of issues, but I think she's way off here. She's politically motivated to say that Republicans are rooting for the economy to fail, but bottom line is – Republicans have a set of policies that the Democrats completely disagree with. I would say it's completely inaccurate to say that the Republicans are rooting for the economy to fail. The system as a whole isn't doing well under the current policies, which are driven by Obama. The numbers (i.e. unemployment) obviously don't tell the whole story – so I think it's fair for the Republicans to disagree with Obama's policies. While I agree with Obama's handling of TARP, I think his handling of healthcare and energy has led to slow growth and absolute jobs number to remain constant. But I'd probably say the same thing if I was the DNC head.

    April 8, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. acertainflorentine

    The good news for Obama is that the media is laying the groundwork to be able to argue we have a "great" economy by November.

    April 8, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. jim

    Repub.s need to protect their 1% constituency...

    Thats all folks

    April 8, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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