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. SOS

    DNC plan: Incorporating cooperating media, remove brains, wash thoroughly, restore in time to vote.

    April 8, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  2. LCSWquilter

    It's so refreshing to hear someone tell it like it is - and wouldn't you know it's a no nonsense woman?

    April 8, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  3. David

    The GOP has been hoping that Obama will fail from day one.

    April 8, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  4. Unbelievable

    First of all. I am disapointed in President Obama for giving in to the GOP so many times. However if you think putting in another republican in the White House is going to help the USA you Republicans are sadly mistaken. All politicians have a habit of telling you what you want to here, then when they get into office they do what they want. You all need to googlle "National debt" and you will see that the debt fiasco started with Reagan and continued with both Bushes. If one of these GOP candidates does get into the White House our economy will take another dive. Bush Jr. gave corporations a tax cut promising it will create jobs. Where are they? Now the latest GOP budget wants to give tax cuts to everyone making more that $250,000.00. Are they nuts or what? Do you really want to see one of these people any where near the White House?

    April 8, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  5. Norm

    This isn't news.
    The GOP are like spoiled children.
    if they don't get their way, they would rather destroy the country.

    April 8, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  6. Retired Army

    All I know is Debbie W.S. speaketh much truth!

    April 8, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  7. Squigman

    Rooting? They actually engineered the economic downturn. Too many people were getting too independent. They had to be put in their place. If the economy had stayed strong, with no bubbles being burst, too many could have retired and left the corporate grind behind. Too many would have ceased paying the income taxes needed to keep parasite politicians in their namby-pamby jobs. Independence and freedom would have actually been experienced by the masses, and independent thought is a subjective freedom. Independence, is fine for the ruling class, but not so good if you happen to be a part of the working class, or middle class. Think. Wake-up. Look at how the decline played out, and who got hurt the most.

    April 9, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  8. Unbelievable

    @ UhYeaOk, and just who do you suggest we vote for? No one?

    April 9, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  9. DENNA

    The GOP is hoping against hope that the gullible conservative movement will launch Mitt Romney into the White House. The GOP is the party of irresponsible actions and comments. Boehner: If the jobs outlook is so bad, and YOU have a majority, why don't, Paul Ryan and rest of your confederates create some jobs. That would be the best way to show President Obama up. Create so jobs. Oh, but wait, there is the chance that Americans will credit the president with the jobs growth. Can't have that, can we? As long as you are eating and sleeping and wearing expensive suits, why rock the boat, right?

    April 9, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  10. SkyKing

    I'm a Republican Chairman and she is correct. Harvard Law graduate Barack Obama has done a surprisingly good job, far better than we did when we had the White House, and far better than we can do with our current candidates for that office. So how else are we going to retake the White House? Really. We're not concerned with the unemployed and underemployed, liberals, blue collar workers, and disadvantaged. So, yes, we want the economy to struggle and Americans to struggle under Obama to make him look bad so we can retake the White House. No other Republicans will actually come out and say it, but is is pretty obvious. So?

    April 9, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  11. Unbelievable

    @ Keith Peterson, It was John Boehner that said the GOP would do anything to get rid of Obama. They certainly are trying with all the obstructions they through in the path of progress.

    April 9, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  12. AllThatsLeft

    Of course. thats been the Gop's plan even before Obama won the election. The Gop knew that Bush had screwed the country up so bad that it would be nearly impossible to clean up the mess in 4 years especially if the Gop used the filibuster more in Obama's first year than at anytime in history for any two term president. They then, in the first year, started their attempts to shift the blame for their economy onto Obama. To listen to the Gop we lived in a Utopia where gas was less than $2 a gallon and that evil Obama ruined with his radical Socialist, Communist, Marxist, Kenyan racist Christian when he's not being a secret Muslim illegal alien from Kenya with his fake Harvard credentials and fake short form birth certificate and fake long form birth certificate all so he can kill grandma by giving her free health care. Then you have his Socialist policies leading to the stock market doubling and the fat cats on Wall St getting making record profits while he's been in office... Wait how can it be Socialism if Wall St is at record levels and reporting record profits? Oh well it doesn't need to make sense. pay no attention to the man behind the curtain or the good news. According to the Gop before Obama was even elected they claimed the sky would fall and they have been screaming the sky would fall everyday since. Of course they want the economy to fail. What else do they have to run on? They certainly cant run on their own records over the last 20 years. thats what cause the recession and led to Obama being elected in the first place. Oh yeah wait. Moon colonies... I forgot. We don't have money for grandma's eye surgery but we have money for moon colonies and more tax breaks for the wealthy! Really Gop? What a sad party you have become. RIP GOP! Obama 2012...

    April 9, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  13. Sandy

    Yes, do away with coverage for birth control. Have a baby every nine or ten months. Fill the house, afterall, the more the merrier-right. Then when mom dies from her body wearing out, who is going to look after ten, twelve or more small children???? If anyone votes for the Repugs that is what will be happening over and over. Real insightful-NOT

    April 9, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  14. Norm

    When the Republican leader in the Senate states that his main goal is making Obama a one-term President, you would conclude that the good of the country is not his priority.

    April 9, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  15. Liska

    I agree Debbie !!! ....and I hope to see more of this woman in our political arena in the next few years. The GOP has been rabid in its attempts to bring down BHO AT ANY COST since his term began in 2008. Just think about this~ it is traitorous. They are gonna have a blue, blue Wednesday morning on November 3rd. The whole party of the GOP stinks except for Huntsman and he needed to recede from the loony bin before they sucked him in. They have been hijacked by bigots and hatemongers and the Koch Brothers and the TP, all of which by the way, as a US army vet, I feel is my duty to execute the oath I took to protect our country from all enemies, both foreign and DOMESTIC. BHO 2012 Elizabeth Warren 2016 2024 ....and then Debbie Wassernan Schultz !!! Hey GOP~ its called triage 2032 !

    April 9, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  16. Unbelievable


    "lotta conservatives out there still refuse to accept facts."
    Becasue they still belive what they are told by opinionated people like rush, glen and politicians.

    April 9, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  17. J.V.Hodgson

    To some uneducated friends. Job numbers are a lagging indicator in the economy. Qed after Obama took office in Jan 2008 the next 5/6 months continued Job losses at 600-700K a month. Then Recovery act, bank bailouts and GM corporate turnaround ala Bain but government sponsored start to work and to date along with other Obama admin policies 4.4m jobs added in the last 25 months. 25 plus the 6 month Bush hangover =31 and QED a 5/6 month lag to turn around employment numbers = 36/37 months since Jan 2008 Obama's inauguration
    Meanwhile every job creating piece of legislation produced by this administration was vehemently opposed by Republicans even AJA which the CBO said added 1m to 1.6m jobs was deficit neutral, and added to overal GDP growth.
    Wasserman Schultz is only half right. She says republicans only " seem to be rooting for economic failure" No, NO, they are specifically trying to ensure economic failure!! With thier back to the future 2004/ 2008 policies i.e lower taxes, trickle down economics, and free market banks with no controls that got us into this global recession.
    And even worse give the tax breaks mainly to the rich and sting the middle amd working class to pay for it by reduced entitlements and finally increasing military spending again.

    April 9, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  18. rude

    Wow a Dem with brass! And a woman to boot. Yes they want America to fail, it is imperative the GOP NOT let a BLACK president succeed.

    April 9, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  19. valwayne

    Republicans want a bad economy and they hate women? This is the best Wasserman Schultz and Obama can do? First of all Republican don't have to root for a bad economy Obama's insane massive wasted corrupt spending and nation destroying debt has guranteed that. Solyndra and $5 a gallon gas is not how you guarantee a strong economy. And because Republicans oppose all out attack on Christianity does not mean they oppose woman. Half of Republcians are women! Obama is spewing the propoganda of the the extreme left. This is the kind of anti-Religion, and supposedly pro-Woman propoganda we use to hear from the old USSR. It was garbage than and its garbage now that Obama is spewing it!

    April 9, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  20. Scott

    The Socialist Democratic spin machine at work. Very key sentence in this piece, the unemployment rate dipped because Americans are dropping from the workforce, not because jobs are being created. 4 million jobs created doesnt cancel the jobs lost and those that gave up looking. Its a red herring.

    Second, now again the Progressive Democrats are trying to divide America trying to say Republicans hate women, because they think women should be able to afford their own contraceptives if they make the CHOICE to use them. Funny, the fight was for sexual freedom, they got that, now the rest of us who choose not to engage in such behavior, or pay for it ourselves, are to be forced to subsidizecertain women's sexual habits.As the lying lawyer that was attending a Catholic college, she wants us to pay her $3,000 a year for her contraceptives. That's not a Republican issue, that should be any sane fiscally responsible person's issue (obviously, the Democrats are never that). Women have their own reproductive rights and are free to make those choices. I shouldn't have to pay for it though.

    April 9, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  21. Anthony... proud tax payer

    Can someone prove this woman wrong? Seriously. Is what she says true or false? Did Republicans NOT take an oath to make Obama a one term Prez? Did they all vow NOT to cooperate with any of his legislating? Did they pass a single piece of legislature in their 3 years in office that would help the country? I mean.. seems some of you posters just aren't dealing with reality. Keep lying to yourselves if it helps you sleep better at night but come November, we're gonna have a lot of people un prepared to deal with the reality of Obama in office for four more years. People just aren't buying the Republican bull any longer.

    April 9, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  22. PorkNBeans

    To intentionally sabotage forward progress, as the Republicans do consistently, should be looked upon by those of us that can think clearly as a act of treason.
    They would annihilate the entire Democratic movement if it were feasible and would assure them victory.
    They spout christian rhetoric, but are the very evil they condemn.

    April 9, 2012 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  23. matt houst

    Why is this news? Everybody knows this already. Especially Republicans.

    April 9, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  24. Trey

    As a republican I can confirm that we expect a bad economy, but only because it's been in the cards for so long. My question is: Why is that so wrong? "Rooting for a bad economy" is like rooting for sunshine tomorrow. Either it will be sunny or it won't. The outcome will happen regardless of the rooting. In this case, Obama has made decisions that have led to an unstable business environment where employers are uncomfortable hiring. Republicans hope for a worse economy so that when the economy does get better (as it always does) it won't be wrongly attributed to this horrendous notion that Keynesian economics worked.

    April 9, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  25. p

    This woman is sharp as a tack. And we all know how smart women scare the hooey out of repubs.

    April 9, 2012 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
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