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. setnommarih

    $4.00 gas is what is beginning to play on the economy and if I remember correctly Obama and his energy secretary are all for it, don't blame GOP, this is Obama's slowdown and no democrat is doing a thing about it.

    April 9, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  2. Jason D

    The GOP are now dictators who stand as the eliterate, supporting only one tinysector of the country at the expense of everyone else, they would let the country fail to kep only the richest avoiding any cost during this recession, sieze towns and cities and take away the peoples votes, they can sieze local taxes and use them however they see with no oversight at all and are pushing through laws illegally without the majority needed to do it then call themselves the party of family values.

    They want the dems out of our bedrooms yet want to stop birth control of any degree supporting the embreos until they day they get born and then "tough luck kid, we dont care", the same as they feel towards the veterans as soon as they leave the military, to them its not their problem any more.


    April 9, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  3. Rick Douglas

    25 months of steady job growth. How ironic that Republicans have been in control of congress during that time. Just gotta love the spin game.

    April 9, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  4. Bill Watson

    Liberals are so utterly pathetic. No on believes them anymore except other liberals. Is it any wonder that so many working class democrats have abandoned Obama. The only ones left sure the extreme left and now they are grasping for anything. Well actually they are doing what the do best and making stuff up.

    April 9, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  5. Bill Watson

    Expect more lie from the dnc as the election draws near. They can't help it. It's just who they are.

    April 9, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  6. Bill Watson

    Liberals are famous for inventing someone else's point of view and then running with it.

    April 9, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  7. royboy

    Ronald Reagan blamed Jimmy Carter for everything, and even took credit for bringing Americans home when in fact it was Carter that did it. Obama blames Bush because it's the truth!!!
    Conservatives need to wake up.

    April 9, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  8. Anders Perillo

    I had been willing to give Democrats at least some credit for having a little sense. But ya'll are so delusional it'd frighten Morgan Le Fay.

    April 9, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    ►TRENDING: DNC chair says Republicans rooting for bad economy◄
    And you hear it best – "The economy is getting worst" – coming from Romney
    The Republican governors elected in 2010 causing a spin – overreaching with lies
    Laying off teachers, first responders and firefighters causing unemployment to stay high
    Candidates talking TRASH bragging about starting a war with IRAN will be wise
    Knowing damn well talking crap like that will cause gas prices to rise
    Yes, the Repubs are wishing for a bad economy and almost “anything” they will try
    But in the end – because it’s so obvious – voters will have the last word and the PUBs will fry

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    April 9, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  10. Justin

    "GOP plans only on “making sure millionaires and billionaires can continue to do even better.”

    That's been the GOP plan for years now. The only people unaware of that are the republican sheeple making minimum wage and buying the GOP drivel.

    April 9, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  11. Lucky18

    You have to agree with her. And, it's not something that hasn't been happening all along. The Republicans have been obstructionists on every policy the President has done, which hasn't helped the country.
    The Republicnas could have made this alot easier, they chose otherwise. For this, they will lose in November!!!

    April 9, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  12. Winning

    I don't see what the big deal is here. I have listened to talk radio for years. Hannity, Rush, and Savage have all said the exact same thing about the left, with a lot more shouting and rage, during the Bush years. Play back any one of their shows leading up to the Kerry/Bush election. I love right-wing fake outrage.

    April 9, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  13. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Duh. Of course they want the economy to fail. It's all about power and control, not doing the right thing - and the Democratic ideologues would want the same if the Republicans were in the White House.

    April 9, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  14. Get a job Hippies

    We don't need to root for it Obama is doing it for us. Higher gas prices, higher taxes, inflation in the cost of food. Debbie should give up this job maybe she could be a middle aged model, she is one of the few (very few) decent looking dems.

    April 9, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  15. Reddog9500

    "Anything you can do, We can do better. We can do anything better than you." "No you can't." "Yes We can." No you can't." Yes We can." "No you can't." "YES WE CAN, YES WE CAN, YES WE CAN!"

    I'm sick of both Republicans and Democrats.

    April 9, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  16. mike Lake Orion Michigan

    This woman is an embarrassment to this Country.

    April 9, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  17. Willie12345

    The Republicans are too busy with their war on women to do this. Everyone knows that Republicans hate women and especially women that vote. Those darn voting women. Another phony democrat issue. Go home Debbie, go home.

    April 9, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  18. Ramesh

    When are you going to talk about country, instead bashing labels. Where is the innovation? Where is the leadership. Now to November O decided to leash the attack dogs, rather than starting a critical conversation on debt reduction.

    April 9, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  19. pchsbenz

    It's amazing to me that even when faced with facts, people still can't see past their blinding hatred for the man. If there is job growth which there has been with very little policy since it's ALL been blocked, I can't see how you say it's not working. The government can't force a company to pay you a higher wage and if they did, OMG there would be anarchy among the right!

    April 9, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  20. unc dig

    You think she really gets paid to be that stupid? Of course the media gets another sensational headline to run with. But at least Obama can say he his not trying to divide the country or make it "a red vs blue thing" because he did nt say it, the leader of his party said it......

    April 9, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  21. Justin

    Conservative crazies have driven the Republican party so far right that most republicans are leaving the party in droves. Republican women especially. They are bailing out of the GOP by the hundreds of thousands due to the GOP's war on women. In a decade the republican party will be finished thanks to the teahadists.

    April 9, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  22. mark trought

    yeah, this is how terrible the cavemen of the GOP are. They will cut off their noses to spite their faces, how dispiccable can one get

    April 9, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  23. Diridi

    Deb,you told truth. It is americ to digest it.
    President Obama is what we need to fix the mess of GOP.

    April 9, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  24. coy4one

    My family also agrees with the DNC chair. My family has exclusively voted Republican since as far as I can remember, including grandparents, great grandparents, and more...We have discussed the current Republican party and have all agreed to vote Democrat for the first time in the next election. We are a religious family, but we don't believe in the Tea Party and its influence on the Republican Party. But mainly, we all agree that the goal of the GOP in this election is to accuse, without offering viable solutions or suggestions. We also feel that the goal of the GOP is to win the election by making the country look like it is worse than it is. This party is acting like a bunch of sore losers because they did not win in 2008. They have not stopped campaigning since then. Mitt Romney seems to have a hidden agenda. Even today, we are not sure why he is running, what his platform is, and who will benefit the most if he were to win. We don't think the American people will benefit. The GOP is no longer the Grand Ole Party. It has become the Grand Old Profiteers.

    April 9, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  25. Dieter Zerressen

    Ha, ha, ha, I love these denials by the right. Mitch McConnell said that THE MOST IMPORTANT thing for the Republicans to do over the last 4 years is to deny Obama another term. The most important. He didn't say anything about jobs, the economy or the debt. And in fact the Republicans have done NOTHING to help the job picture nor the economy and in fact have done everything possible to prevent a rebound. Those are facts folks no matter how much you deny the obvious.

    April 9, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
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