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. OrangeW3dge

    It has been, and still is, very clearly obvious that the TeaReps have been more than rooting for the destruction of the "Obama". And, as one can see from the "budget" crisis, et al, they are willing to tear down the country to acheive it. The fact that their sole aim, in their own words, is to "end the Obama administration", should be proof enough. But add to that their extended Primary season, not to vet the best possible candidate, but to keep the advertising pressure up, is a blatant show of their desperation. Camoflaged in subterfuge and rhetoric, there is no other substance to their agenda. It's only about getting rid of the Tanman because he is too dangerous to their "take it back to the dark ages" plans. The latest Paul Ryan budget proves that the TeaReps have not listened to the American Public's opinions and needs. Hoping for the United States failure amounts to treason, and not at all the "Patriot" label that these people have chosen for themselves. There is nothing patriot about assasinating the President in office.

    April 8, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. DTD in New Mexico

    Wasserman Schultz is RIGHT ON!!! The GOP have not only been rooting for a calamitous collapse of the US economy ever since Obama took office, they are rooting for a horrific terrorist attack on US soil so they can blame it on Obama – they were not very ecstatic when it was Obama who approved of and ordered the mission that got BinLaden.
    Isn't it funny how the Republicans are only TRUE American patriots when one of their own is in office!!!

    April 8, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Rocky

    Right...Republicans would rather see everyone out of work so they can grab power...only a Progressive would think that way. What Republican's want are policies that work, namely...get the government OFF OUR BACKS and let us get to work! There's a reason they call it taxes! The more money government spends, the more it taxes the economy..THAT is why what recovery we have had over the last 3 years is so anemic. This fall the question will simply be...are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?

    April 8, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. defff

    dems will say anything to smear their opponents. its an age old tactic, attack the personal character when you can't disprove their argument.

    unfortunately most of america never learned rhetoric, history, or critical thinking in our brainwashing public schools

    April 8, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. Itsabout Jobstupid

    blah blah blah...it's not Obama's fault...blah blah blah...don't help the economy because it makes people rich...blah blah blah...we're making oil more expensive and weakening the dollar to shortchange hope...thanks Democrats please let yourselves out.

    April 8, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Scott

    Imagine yourself drowning in the ocean and a lifeguard comes to save you. Upon reaching land you thank the lifeguard for saving your life. Then mitt Romney comes and tells you the lifeguard should've saved you earlier and faster. What a useless lifeguard. Welcome to the republican party.

    April 8, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. kelo

    Every Dementocrat brayed continuously about 'the worst economy in 50 years' during each and every year a GOP president was in office, starting in 1981 with Reagan. Delusioncrat Wasserman just can't abide that this same tar is now sticking to her precious Zerobama. Tuff luck, airhead.

    April 8, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. Honest Right Guy

    Well, SHE SHOULD KNOW....Remember how the Dems hyped the downturn just before the last election?

    H Y P O C R I T E ! ! ! ! !

    April 8, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. marc

    January 2009. "Our primary objective is to make sure Barack Obama is a one-term president"..Senator Mitch a.k.a" Myrtle the Turtle" McConnell.
    Pretty much says it all.

    April 8, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. TeeDee

    The Republicans have surely been rooting for bad economy since President Obama came into power. They're as hypocrites as the word hpocrite itself. And they called themselves christians. i just can't even believe that. Shame on them!!!

    April 8, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. Sagebrush Shorty

    Democrats blame Bush for everything,so why not blame Obama for a few things? I mean he's had 3+years and all he appears to have done is to divide the nation racially and financially. So let's give credit where credit is due on both sides.

    April 8, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. normajean @ verizon ,com

    JQ PUBLIC SAYS "THE PRESIDENT PUT THROUGH A HEALTH CARE PLAN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT""Now.....isn't that clever???? If this were true and he could do this...we would be in great shape because he could fix everything he inherited over night!!! The fact is that the Repubs must have been there in the middle of the night too so they could throw out everything he tried to do!!!!.. Some of you people can talk a good game but the logistics of these things are a LITTLE more involved than your brain can absorb. ....Also to "Paulie" Yes, I do know as a woman just where I stand with the Repubs......"back about a hundred years, barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen" " NEVER AGAIN"!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. Brad

    Awwww is the dnc getting worried? Maybe they should have went for Hillary in 08. Obama is worthless and they know it!

    April 8, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  14. DanW

    "Republicans are the bad guys." "No, Democrats are the bad guys." "Republicans" "Democrats" "Rs" "Ds"
    What useful purpose is served by these posts?
    "A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest." – Paul Simon

    April 8, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. simpleguy73

    I'm sorry did this pig with lipstick say something intelligent. Ahhh, I guess not! Democrats wonder why people don't take them serious. It's because you have voices like Debbie, Nancy, Harry and Barney! Btw, I'm an independent!

    April 8, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. John J. Puccio

    "Big accusation"? This is like we didn't already know this? The Repubs have blocking Obama's attempts to help the economy since day one in office. And to the person who said that "Obamacare" was costing the country trillions, untrue (unless you believe the GOP's propaganda machine, Fox). The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Affordable Care Act will save the government about ten billion dollars over the next decade. What's more, it's entirely self-funded and costs no new taxes; nor has it cost any jobs. The only reason the GOP wants to kill it is because the GOP wants the healthy-care industry to make even more money, gouging us even further for medical care.

    April 8, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. Bugs

    hmm, Jobs or communist takeover. Which do you prefer Debbie ?

    April 8, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. EJ

    And I thought Howard Dean made stupid statements – she's even dumber than he is.

    April 8, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    "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."

    Goodness. Blaming Obama for job losses that even Mitt Romney has stated wasn't Obama's fault is what I would call hoping for failure. Apparently Wasserman Schultz speaks the truth. The good news has always been that it was Mr. Obama, not Mr. Cain who was elected President back in 2008. I shudder to think how McCain would have done better. Or Mitt Romney. I suspect voters will once again vote Obama back in. I also suspect there will be a great many Republicans wishing they hadn't been obstructionists during a time when America most needed bi-partisanship. One man's cup of tea has become that same man's comeuppance. As for all of you FOX News hounds, thanks for the laughs. I understand why FOX continues to feed it's viewers junk news. Anything less would bring anarchy to Murdoch and his Saudi investors. Most of you wouldn't accept truth and facts if your very lives depended on it. It's too bad that your willful ignorance is going to take what was once a responsible and fairly respected political party into the trash bin of recycled garbage substituting fiction for truth. Whereas many of you seem content to be lied to, a great many more have had enough of Republican lies to last a great many years - including the newest generation of first time voters ready to hit the polling booths.

    April 8, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. Sabastian

    Job growth since in 2012 is due to "seasonal adjustment" for cold weather. As the weather has been quite warm in USA (although very cold in Central Europe. As a London paper said, the American winter is not missing: it's vacationing in Europe.), the adjustment factor is overly generous. There was no job growth. It was all due to statistical adjustment, which reverses in the summer. Obama policies kill jobs; statistics will support it in the summer. The "real " unemployment rate is closer to 15%.

    April 8, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. Core republican Values

    Debbie is right. Core republican Value 3: Only care about yourself.

    April 8, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. helmetbreaker

    Wasserman-Schultz has always had a few screws loose! Her past comments have ranged from bizarre to absurd! The sooner Florida voters retire her the better!

    April 8, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. Log Cabin

    Republicans hate 99% of Americans. Their record proves it.

    April 8, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. marcusb

    Not rocket science to confirm that one: repubs delight in Obama failures, real or imagined, and nothing he can do, and nothing positive in our economy, matters: destroy, destroy, destroy

    April 8, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  25. Sabastian

    I apologize for poor editing in the prior note. I t should have said "Job growth in 2012 is due to "seasonal adjustment" ".

    The point, if it isn't clear, is Obama's policies have made this the poorest recovery since the Great Depression which was postponed by FDR's attacks on job creators. Similar policies, similar results. Must be a fluke

    April 8, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
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