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. MG.

    If you Dims really haven't figured out by now thay Obama is an economic half wit and really wanted the economy to improve you'd have run a diferent candidate (Hillary), but you didn't! ...perhaps, you should look up Einstiens definition of insanity!

    April 9, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  2. Megan Grawe

    Hey Debbie, if you really want the economy to improve lose Obama! .....Otherwise shut-up!

    April 9, 2012 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  3. once upon a horse

    I read some of the post here from the right and I wonder if ANY of these people research or go by facts or just by dislike for the president. Hey I got no problem with one disliking the president they Do have every right to do so but at least have the ballz to back it up with some facts and not just spew hate.

    April 9, 2012 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  4. don in albuquerque

    The repugs want anything Obama does or says to fail including the economy. I cannot remember who said it or what station it was on, but one economist (?) before Obama was even elected was asked if Obama could succeed. The answer was simple. He did not feel there was any living man or woman who could succeed in four years with the aboslute mess Bush had left the country in. Everything from the ecomony, to legal system, to our world standing. It was all pretty much trashed. And yet the repugs want to fight anyone who might have an answer. I think Jesus H. would be in grave trouble unless you could TP by his name.

    April 9, 2012 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  5. Reagan80

    Let's not worry about what Republicans are "rooting for". Let's worry about what Obama has CAUSED.

    April 9, 2012 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  6. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ hamsta.....

    so let me get this straight you REALLY think in an election year that President Obama wants to have a bad economy and high gas prices? That would ensure his re-election I guess, huh. Thank goodness you are not his campaign manager and if you were I'm sure you'd be fired by now if that is your strategy.

    April 9, 2012 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  7. Dave Thomas

    So Republican states should have high unemployment rates and horrible deficits and blame that on Obama. That is the argument here? Nuts! Simply Nuts! Republican governors, state legislators, mayors, council members, representatives, and senators are doing everything they can for the economic conditions of their constituents to improve so they can get reelected. How Wasserman Schultz can laud President Obama's achievements stretches her credibility to the breaking point. The President said in January of 2009 that his economic policies would reduce unemployment below 8%. He had super majorities in the House and Senate. Unemployment hasn't been under 8% at anytime in Obama's administration and instead of addressing the economy the President spent all of our time on his legacy, the Affordable Care Act.

    President Obama and the Democrats began paying the price for these failures in the 2010 mid term elections and the 2012 elections will simply continue the trend because President Obama hasn't done anything new to invigorate the recovery. President Clinton and President Reagan didn't have such anemic recoveries. President Obama has completely dropped the economic ball.

    April 9, 2012 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  8. jon

    What are the dems complaining about. If Romney gets in they have a white Obama? I call reverse racism.

    April 9, 2012 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  9. mrhapiguy

    Hmm, the last Republican president burned the house down. Republicans now say the rebuilding under the current Democratic president is not happening fast enough. So, we should vote for a Republican to do what? Set another fire?

    April 9, 2012 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  10. Ralph

    The only person loonier than this woman is Al Sharpton.

    April 9, 2012 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  11. Bob Ramos

    I agree with the DNC Chair 100%. Early on, Mitch McConnell said he and other Repubs were going to do everything they could to insure that Obama would be a one term president. Rush boasted that he was pushing for Obama's failure. The Repubs in the House have sent bill after bill to the Senate with little or no Democrat input knowing full well that they would fail in the Senate. The Repubs simply will do anything to beat Obama even if it means wrecking the economy.

    April 9, 2012 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  12. David in Cincinnati

    Disruption has been the focus of the Republican Party since Obama took office. We COULD have a single-pay health insurance system in place, but for Republican opposition. No! We have $ 3 trillion in debt with the Bush tax cuts and another $ 3 trillion with the Iraq War.

    April 9, 2012 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  13. Debbie

    This lady needs to have a strong challenger in her home district.. She is so far left that she can't possibly be representing 50% of the folks in her district.

    April 9, 2012 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  14. jnpa

    Since when is this news? They have been trying to destroy the President since he took office and they will do anything to defeat him in November. I am not a fan of Michele Bachmann but she made a comment a couple of years ago when her fellow republicans were saying they wanted Obama to fail. She said that she did not want him to fail, because if he failed the country would fail. That was their mindset then...that is their mindset now!

    April 9, 2012 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  15. jane

    Obama will win.....merely on the fact that he is cleaning up Bush's Mess!!!

    April 9, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  16. John

    Can't stand this woman. She's as bad as Pelosi. Just as incompetent too. Here's my question for the liberals. Name one thing the Dems tried to do during Obama's first 2 years that was blocked by the GOP? Here's a bonus question. Name 1 thing Obama has done that was truly bright and intelligent beyond what the average citizen would or could have done? The simple truth is he's not that bright. Instead, he's just a reason for guilty libs to pat themselves on the back. The same applies to Wasserman Schultz too. Pathetic leadership.

    April 9, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  17. Terry

    While many people do not want to listen to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the facts remain quite clear, and date back to Senator McConnell promising to defeat President Obama, even if it meant that the American Economy must fail in the process. When these words come from an elected leader of either party, my concerns and questions grow regarding the entire 9/11 situation. Did President Bush and the American Military Industrial Complex actually stage the events that lead to the invasion of Iraq? Were American jobs transferred off-shore in an attempt to break the will of American Union Workers, while building profits for American Corporations which no longer needed to pay taxes for off-shore profits? I still remember President Bush stepping to the microphone in September 2008, and proclaiming that our financial system was on the verge of collapse. Most Americans saw nothing wrong with Secretary of the Treasury Paulson asking the Congress of the United States for blanket immunity from all future prosecution when he sent the TARP Bailout Plan to Capitol Hill. Paulson was the CEO of Goldman Sachs when the Housing Crisis was first created, and it was Alan Greenspan who encouraged the elderly to refinance the equity in their homes and spend the money to bolster the American Economy. When the foreclosures started, there was not one single Republican standing with the elderly who were pushed into the street by greedy Wall Street Bankers. The Republicans started two wars, falsified documents to create WMD's in Iraq, deregulated Wall Street and American Banks, and then spent trillions of dollars supporting and strengthening the Military Industrial Complex. Where are the jobs for all of those returning military men and women? I guess if we elect Republicans in November, we will be at full employment by the end of the Q-1 2013. Full employment for a Republican is a growing Military Industrial Complex.

    April 9, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  18. Tony in Maine

    Republicans – keeping millions out of work to get one man out of office.

    That and McConnell's famous statement that the overriding factor in how the Republicans vote in the Senate will be the ultimate defeat of President Obama.

    So much for putting the country first.

    April 9, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  19. Pedrons

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz calls it as it is!! she never sugar-coats and she is dead right on!!" when she says, "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,” Don't look no further than the The Bain Capital Model, unavoidable in the business of corporate raiding, typically meant slashing jobs, closing plants, moving production overseas. The objective is bottom line return for investors regardless of jobs, local impact, environmental or other considerations, or in some cases even the long term health of the business. They even pushed the city of Chelsea to bankruptcy, destabilized the unions then re-wrote the rules and Mitt and his friend T. Coleman Andrew took the credit and went home happily!!

    April 9, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  20. dreucalypt

    The Republicans tried to crash the economy during the debt ceiling crisis they cooked up. They're capable of just about anything.

    April 9, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  21. Jt_flyer

    The 2 party's system will destroy our country.

    April 9, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  22. Craig

    Tell us something that isn't extremely obvious.

    April 9, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  23. MA

    Wasserman-Schultz speaks the truth. Only Republicans would take a positive job report (people found jobs which is different than people losing jobs) and turn it into a negative. Come June it will be time for the Democratic Party to turn up the heat as they pointedly highlight the Republican party's resistance and argumentative stance to all that Obama has tried to do to bring us out Bush's Great Recession and the truth will hurt.

    April 9, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  24. Jason D

    Considering too that the republicans are not standing against whats happened in michigan where they have siezed towns and taken away the peoples right to vote, now were are getting republican dictatorship, they are even doing it illegally because they started it with immediate effect instead of waiting for 90 days after the end of session even though they didnt have the 2/3 majority to do that.

    The republicans are now trying to sieze the votes of democrat voting areas and stop them voting in local elections and even considering trying to stop them voting in national elections.

    The republicans are jackbooting across the rights of the people and none of the others in the GOP are standing up to them or even saying its wrong....this year a vote for obama will be a vote for freedom to stop the need top recall the gop governors and representatives who have stolen our votes, our taxes and our rights over our own towns

    April 9, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  25. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Ever heard of hypocrisy? Well, that is when the rightwing conservatives in this country continue to blame President Obama for the bad economy he inherited, yet continue to give their support to the GOP who's only interest is to see that millionaires and billionaires get richer at the expense of the middle class and the poor! What a wonderful country we live in!

    April 9, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
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