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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  1. rs1201

    Wow...I always knew that Schultz was not too bright...even bordering on the dense side of normal...now, I see that it's much worst than I thought...single digit IQ for sure...total disconnect between the brain and the mouth...Why on earth would she make such an ignorant and reprehensible statement about Republicans is beyond the comprehension of any sane human being...She speaks about her Republican colleagues as if they were thugs and traitors to this country.

    April 8, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. Sabastian

    RE: 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.

    Huh? Didn't Obama say, "Elections have consequences"? Didn't he pass a "stimulus bill that gave 800 billion to has campaign supporters? Didn't he give GM stock to the UAW over the rights of Indiana teachers? Didn't he refuse to let GOP legislators (and Democrat, to be fair) see the Healthcare bill and Frank – Dodd before the day of the vote? He reached out to exactly who? Olympia Snow, the most likely collaborator, did not speak to him in two years. Obama's approach to cooperation is / was "my way or the highway". He insulted the loyal opposition so often they learned stop falling for he insincere gobbling. My opinion they learned to slowly.

    April 8, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. Td

    @dontbow actually obamacare is paid for. Also u didn't complain about that billion dollar war u and ur cronies started so don't complain about spending that actually HELPS America.

    April 8, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. ratatatat1

    I love the headline. They might as well have put something just as obvious: Water is wet.

    Let's not pretend here though, that if the shoe wasn't on the other foot, Democrats would somehow not be wishing the same thing. Come on.

    April 8, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. Sam P

    No Republican ever talks about Reagan, during his two terms, increasing the national debt by almost three times.Yet they all happily blame this president as if he is the root cause of all of America's debts and deficits. No Republican ever talks about Bush squandering all that economic surplus and plunging the country back on a downward spiral of debt and deficit. Yet they all pretend as if the entire US debt is Obama's fault.

    Super Hypocritical Indignant Tea Sippers are now behind Rmoney. They accused John Kerry of flip flopping. I guess they hadn't heard of Rmoney then.

    April 8, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. leukevent

    Not an accusation but fact!

    So many of you taking digs at Obama are clearly full of it! The Republicans and the Tea Party are trying to sell the American public on the idea that we should already be out of this mess-all the while playing obstructionist politics and doing a good job at it too, based on so much of the vacuous drivel I've read on this board.

    The entire world experienced an economic crises beginning in 2008 and continues in recession for the most part and I bet you would say that's Obamas’ fault too!

    Of course none of you care to know that as long as 10 years after the beginning of The Great Depression US unemployment was as high as 14% until WWII started and industrial demand kicked in!
    I propose that no one elected to the office of President could fair as well or have so great an impact!
    And, as with the Great Depression, there is still a long tough road ahead and the President has repeatedly said as much!

    His detractors, particularly those who vote in the House and Senate would do better to help govern, as opposed to impeding him--While the middle-class is squeezed, the poor grow poorer and the wealthy sit back on their heels, lining their pockets and protecting their ass-ets!

    April 8, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. Foregone Conclusion

    I could have told you that! The Republicans are Trouble with a Capital T! They have No Plan to move America forward. All their plans consist of is moving their wealthiest constituents as much more forward as they can. This is why Americans can not and do not deserve to regress to the failed policies of the past under Republican administrations! All they want is to CUT programs that help those who are Retired, the Elderly, the Poor, the Sick, and the Middle-Class. Give them a chance and they will leave those who fall into those categories stark naked financially while their rich counterparts live high off the hog. The rest of Americans will be left with nothing more than to be holding one hand in front and one in their rear. And also say Good-Bye to Protective Environmental Laws, Education, Food Safety Laws, and Children's Aid! Our ONLY Hope OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

    April 8, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. Our Only Hope

    No More Obstructionist Republicans In The White House!! NO MORE!! America is fed up with these do-nothings-but-help-the-rich politicians! We cannot afford to regress to the Failed Republican past! We need to continue Moving Forward! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    April 8, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  9. An Opinion

    I wholeheartedly concur with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The Republicans are indeed banking on and rooting for a poor US economy to get back into the White House and other positions up for election. They have other people throw stones and turn a blind eye. They have also acted to create a police state....voter ID laws, strip searches for almost any offense or questioning by authorities (recent decision by Supreme Court), state government enforced pre-abortion ultrasounds (ex. Virginia recently passed law; infringes the right of women to choose), etc.

    Wake up! Register to vote! Make sure your vote is well informed and for the betterment of not just yourself, but the neighbors you live and work with! Stop being selfish Americans and look at the big picture.

    Lastly, for those who are employed, continue to work diligently and know that a harvest is on the horizon for the nation...if we faint not!!!

    April 8, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. George Moss

    All the GOP cares about is POWER! If they have to sabotage the US economy to get it so be it. Those who said openly in 2008 after the swearing in, that they would love to see Obama fail are still very much in business!

    April 8, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  11. mfx3

    Yeah, conservatives want things to worsen so they can point to Obama as the culprit. Guilty. And Obama should have gotten things moving along better than he has at this point. Guilty. Everyone involved in politics at every level right now is guilty of epic failure. America should wash her hands of these ideological failures and move forward without them.

    April 8, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. matt

    sorry, i still can't get past BHO's comment that his administration proves that trickle down doesn't work..
    but mr obama, what was it when you said the banks were too big to fail and you provided loans so the working man wouldn't lose his job?!?! trickle up???

    April 8, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. Larry L

    Duh! What planet would you need to be frome to not see that Republicans wanted a failed economy? The around 100 filibusters in the Senate should have been a clue. How about the brinksmanship that led S&P to downgrade our bond rating? Republicans at first bvased their whole election on job – which they did nothing to create. Now that President Obama has created nearly five million job they want to talk "important" issues – like contraception and vaginal probing for women who want an abortion. Of course they are rooting for a bad economy.

    April 8, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  14. Julia

    Wow. There are quite a lot of tinfoil hat wearers here on this board. Grow up, all of you–right AND left.

    April 8, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  15. Larry L

    "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."
    Right... She's not impartial like Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity! Of course the Republicans want a poor economic recovery – why else would they have actively blocked every initiative? Think about the Senate where Republicans filibustered even the things they themselves proposed in committee! How about voting against raising the debt ceiling when they trashed the economy, issued the first bailout package, and never put the cost of the wars on the books? How about the candidates comments on saving the auto industry? How about all the Republicans supporting union-bustin? That's good for the economy? What's not true about those statements? Pull away from Fox News and use your brain.

    April 8, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  16. JustSayNo

    ...so the theory is the president has not control over gas prices. Even if we drill/produce more here within our shores, this will not effect the price of a gallon of gas. Do you really believe that?
    Then the same logic would apply if we choose to drill/produce less – the price on a gallon of gas would not be effected either?
    Do you seriously believe that ??

    April 8, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  17. Fair Taxes

    Since when is it news that the GOP and republicans have been rooting against America?

    Just read the posts here. Good economic news gets screams of "lies," and bad economic news gets screams of "I told you Obama's a failure."

    I've never seen such perverse hatred for a president, even George Bush. What is different about Obama that make Republicans behave so badly?

    April 8, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. Dan

    NEWS FLASH! The economy hasn't truly recovered under the Obama administration. The media would sure like for you to think that. The stock indexes are phony numbers generated by short selling. Home prices and interest rates remain at a near all time low, and oil prices are through the roof. Unemployment numbers are pure fiction, as the numbers are not counting those people no longer claiming unemployment and have fallen out of the factoring. Wake up and smell the roses people, it doesn't matter who wins the White House in November, there's a huge amount of work to do. If you ask me, it'll be a huge amount of repair to do. Obama has done nothing good for our country.

    April 8, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  19. Mike In Carolina

    Anyone who listens to right wing talk shows knows that Shultz is simply stating a fact. GOP reps discount all economic progress for fear of implying something positive about the President. To them, bad economic reports are in their favor, so they invent distortions non-stop. Good news is never good enough. Romney insists that Obama has failed because he hasn't reversed the effects of Bush's 8 years in 3. That's just plain unreasonable. Americans who aren't bigots or Dittoheads know better. Those brainwashed by the GOP rhetoric machine are blinded by their hatred and disdain for the fact that Obama was elected. So, they promote lies and call people names who don't share their backwards ideology.

    April 8, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. John

    GOP and the Wall Street boys destroyed the American economy and now they want to destroy what is left of the Middle Class. Debbie Wasserman is right on The GOP wants a bad economy so they can get elected. They also rooted against the U.S. car manufacturers and hoped they went under. They are currently rooting against the Chevy volt car. There are many enemies of the U.S. that is expected. What is not expected and Un American is that one of your own The GOP party is willing to join them for politcal gain. It is shameful.....

    April 8, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  21. Neurotoxin

    Wow, out of straws and grasping at thin air. The Dems realize every independent still hates them, they're just trying to preserve their base. There has been no growth or recovery under Obama; none, 0. GDP has to grow 3% annually and we have to create 300,000 jobs per month in order to keep up with population growth; unless those 2 criteria are met, the per capita economy is STILL in recession. The average growth parameters for Obama's entire Presidency comes in just short of that, which means it hasn't been free-falling, but it has been staying in the same weak place it was in when he came into office, even getting just slightly worse. What's so wrong with being happy when a policy fails that you opposed because it was a bad idea and knew it would fail, and capitalizing on this politically? It certainly doesn't exonnerate said policies – by that logic the failure of Bush Jr's disastrous occupations can be blamed on those who opposed them politically and predicted their outcomes. People who buy the "Democrats want to compromise but those mean Republicans are stubborn" argument have the memories of goldfish; where was all that faith in compromise and bipartisanship during Obama's first 2 years, like when they were passing Obamacare?

    April 8, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  22. BADGUY

    The Rich are pouring their money into Gold, Silver, Precious Metals off all types. The will stand to profit, enormously, if the American Dollar and the economy of the United States collapses. A bankrupt federal government will rid the top 1%, once and for all, of Social Security, Medicare and Welfare costs. The bottom 99% will become compliant servants, much like the workers in China. The Republican Party, as the agents of the top 1%, will do all they can to bring this "new America" about! The "dream" of the Rich elite will finally be realized.

    April 8, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  23. Doug

    I wonder what Willard "Mitt Raw-Money" means when he says he wants to restore America? Does he want to restore it to the 1950's pre-civil rights, pre-birth-control days (a.k.a. pre-women's liberation days?) Does he want to restore Eisenhower's 91% top-tax rate? (I rather doubt it.) I think he really wants to restore the country to halcyon days of the Bush (Jr.-the shrub) Administration which gave us run-away corporate corruption, no-governmental oversight, a period of dramatic wage disparity between the have's and the have-not's. I think he would like to move back to the health care system of old with 40% of Americans with out health insurance and those with it paying increasing premiums of 20-30% per year. If that is your idea of restoring America; sign up your teenagers for the draft (a federal mandate, btw), build a bomb shelter in the back yard and then go vote for your authoritative, stern father figures, the Republican Party so you don't dare consider thinking for yourselves..

    April 8, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  24. BADGUY

    Nothing will happen to improve our economy until either Party shuts down "free trade" and brings American manufacturing jobs home. We MUST commit to "fair trade" and A balanced flow of goods BOTH ways. The British built an empire on home based manufacturing. The Republican move, beginning with Reagan, to move manufacturing overseas and thereby CRUSH the Labor union movement and the middle class in this country MUST BE STOPPED! It will kill our country!

    April 8, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  25. Heed This

    Don't let the Republicans continue to marginalize women!

    April 8, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
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