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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soundoff (495 Responses)
  1. cecilia

    of course the Republicans are obstructing economic growth every way they can – thought every one knew that

    April 8, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Susan Prock

    As a poor person I know that republicans are my enemy. Every policy they enact or propose destroys or diminishes the poor, or working class! I will proudly vote for Obama in November!

    April 8, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. mike

    She also said the sun rises in the east, so what.

    April 8, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Anthony

    Wayne, you and your right-wing nuts never let any truth in the way of your divisive rhetoric and stupidity. The base of your party is blinded by so much hatred for Obama that you will go to any lenght to spew out lies and illusions about one of the most intelligent president American has ever had.
    Please go back to fox news and share/spew your lies there. CNN is not the palce for it.

    April 8, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Martin

    Blaming the Bush years (not Bush himself, perhaps, because he was not really calling all the shots) for the mess we got into is fair. Blaming Obama because it isn't fixed yet isn't. It took over 10 years and a massive war effort (the ultimate government spending program) to get us out of the great depression. It's going to take a while for us to pull out of the worst economic mess to happen since.

    April 8, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Martha

    Tea/Republicans would rather throw mud in your face than extend their hands and work together for the common good of the nation. Shame on them!

    April 8, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. dm

    I like how people keep saying "The Republicans" stop them from doing everything for 3 years... Uh, weren't the Democrats in charge for the first 2 years? They have control?

    ALL presidents have faced "Checks and balances" but in all of history this will be the first time during a whole Presidential term that a Budget hasn't been passed, and again, in the first 2 years he even had a Dem house and senate!

    You can't change the facts.

    April 8, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |

    You tell them Debbie. I admire this woman for her courage, and her ability to call out the obstructionist Republicans.

    April 8, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. Mack

    Duh, you think so!! Besides championing the interests of millionaires and billionaires, what have the Republicans proposed let alone actually done to help the general economy and average American voters and taxpayers? Aside from rooting for failure; NOTHING! As far as being "hyper focused on one job" well we've seen that debacle before. While America's enemies plotted against her pre-911, the Republicans were obsessed with destroying what they felt was the greatest enemy to America and the Republican political agenda ever seen: Namely a freely elected by the American people per the dictates of the Constitution sitting POTUS; Bill Clinton. While the subject of withering Republican partisan attacks, Conservatives/Republicans actually criticized Clinton as using diversionary tactics when he tried to liquidate bin Laden after the 98 embassy bombings. I was not partisan before the 2nd Clinton term, but in the aftermath I have been a staunch anti-Republican ever since. The Republicans considered Clinton a greater threat to their interests, than they considered bin Laden a threat to America! Despicable! And now it appears they are running the same program with Obama. The Republicans have become so power mad and drunk with power since 94, that the they feel the subversion of American democracy is but a small price they are eagerly willing to pay if it means the fulfilling of their own personal and political agendas. Vote Republican and for the plutocracy for which they stand, at your own peril.

    April 8, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    I don't know if the Repugs are rooting for a failed economy or not but it is clear that they will do nothing to aid Obama in his quest to turn the economy around. Furthermore, a serious evaluation of Ryan's economic plan does reveal the Repug's desire to save the rich and ditch the poor, the elderly and the halt.

    The Repugs want nothing less than a plutocracy with a strong 'Christian' theocratic component. I wish them well. If they ever come close to accomplishing their goal, it will precipitate a class war the likes of which have not been seen since the French revolution. I wonder if they realize that their alliance with the NRA has armed a nation and not everyone thinks that the Repugs have the interests of the country at heart.

    Nearly 16% of the families in the US are below the poverty line. I believe the tipping point that will initiate widespread class riots is around 35-40%. The riots will not be isolated in the inner cities, but will radiate outward and touch even the wealthy.

    The Arab Spring is a warning–we stand to experience an American Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Whether or not martial law will be able to restore order (and the Repug aristocracy) will depend upon how many American soldiers will willingly obey orders to fire on their fellow citizens.

    April 8, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. Ed

    Isn't that common knowledge? They have done everything they can to stop progress since the day Obama took over, and he has succeeded despite them.

    April 8, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. TommyTT

    The right has a well-known and frequently reported strategy of making Obama fail. This should not surprise anyone with a measurable IQ. During the last administration, the left hated Bush but at many crucial turning points worked with his people to achieve consensus, even though Bush broke records pocketing and vetoing bipartisan bills. During the Obama administration, the Party of No just said no. You can bend over backwards trying to prove that "both sides did it" but the Republican strategy has been more divisive and destructive for years.

    April 8, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. Dave Knows

    Well, Duh!!!

    It happened every time, the GOP gets power, funnels our tax dollars to their friends with no budget offset (deficit spending), starts a war or two to funnel more of our tax dollars to their friends again with no budget offset, then loses an election and is suddenly concerned about deficit spending!

    Who could be fooled by that?

    April 8, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. jeff

    Really?????...cant blame Bush forever....guess u need to blame the repubs now...I forget, who is Pres???????

    April 8, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. m

    why isn't anyone mentioning the taxpayer bailout of Wall Street. St. Obama did that. Not George Bush. St. Obama just can't do any wrong can he. Well, I for one do not like bailing our his buddies with my tax money.

    April 8, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  16. wrm

    ZOMG!! Breaking news!!! The chairperson of the DNC says something bad about the opposition... Well, of course, it must be true.

    Jump up and yell "hallelujah," choir.

    April 8, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  17. Idiots show up last


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

    And saying " NO " to everything meant to get things going has helped HOW todd??????

    April 8, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  18. fletc3her

    This would be big news if the Republicans weren't open about their plan.

    April 8, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. hamsta

    how many times are these socialists going to put the square peg in a round hole before they figure out socialism doesnt work?socialism failed the egyptians,socialism failed the romans,socialism failed the nazis,socialism is currently failing in greece,socialism is currently failing in cuba.socialism will never work so stop blaming the republicans and get that through your stupid heads so we dont follow greece.

    April 8, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. daveindenver

    What a twit this woman is. No, the GOP isn't hoping for the Obama administrations policies to fail, it's just obvious that they will based on past experience.

    April 8, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    The Democrats want big government.... well they have it along with all the waste and government worker payouts ....like large saleries and pensions... It's not about woman or healthcare its about POWER wake up people..

    April 8, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  22. klamerus@pobox.com

    It's pathetic how both parties play this game. Nothing, not 1% of anything negative is ever their fault and 100% of the credit for anything good belongs to them.

    April 8, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. yneemee

    If this political hack mouthing lies is representative of woman – well then I say declare war on her and her kind and leave real women alone... you know the ones that believe in truth and not just their uterus

    April 8, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Nobodies Pon

    These republicans just dont have a plan or a platform or a solution to any of the problems this country has. It is very sad that our two party system is broke and will never be fix. Obama will be the last president of America. The lack of real competition this election cycle will be the death of this country. Bush,Palin,Romney equals death of the republican party.

    April 8, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. joe

    What a liar. Just like her boss.

    April 8, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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