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. michaelwg

    all you have to do is report facts to smear the g.o.p
    pretty easy.

    April 9, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  2. quinLee

    Is it not obvious!?! Even they have admitted as much. What else can you say and why is this such a shocker? I just pray that there continue to be more intelligent and reasonable voters than there are misled gullible hating idiot loud mouths with nothing to contribute.

    April 9, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. johhnyboywilliams

    The FIRST policy from the Republicans, after Obama was elected was : Defeat Obama. Not make our country stronger for all. That has been their mantra for the last 3.5 yrs.

    April 9, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

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

    You mean the growing economy? The improvement on Wall St.? The resurgence of America's auto industry? Gettnig bin-Laden? What are you complaining about again?

    April 9, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Sue

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz is totally on target with her assessment. As a former republican voter (until I voted for President Obama in '08) I would NEVER vote for ANY republican candidate under any circumstances. The heinous, repulsive behavior I have witnessed by the candidates during the republican presidential campaign leaves me cold and afraid for our country. To change leaders in midstream at a point when we are finally starting to see increasing improvement in the US after the havoc that was wreaked by the previous administration. Too many members of the republican party are so obsessed with greed and their own self-interest that they have lost all sight of anything else, especially what is right and good for America.

    April 9, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. yuri

    It seems like a polar view from the DNC chair, and we think the GOP does worry about responsible ways to address the debt and deficit reduction of the nation. What is bothersome is the way both parties accuse each other w/ a holier-than-thou attitude and hence an amalgamation of both the plans might not be a bad idea. But then who will listen?

    April 9, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. ReallY!!?

    "Yes because it cannot be Obama's fault, the economic growth is so weak. It is because the Republican wish for a weak economy that we actually have a weak economy."

    April 9, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. ReallY!!?

    Oh not to mention how much the Dems rooted for Bush to succeed right? the day they announced the surge in Ira

    April 9, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Someone here tried to have the GOP House take credit for 25 straight months of job growth, but could not tname the reason why. Simply because they are there, passing legislation that has no chance of making it through a conference committee does not translate into being the primary reason for economic growth. Frankly, the recovery would ahve been quicker and stronger had they not been injecting uncertainty.

    April 9, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. Dee G.

    Okay, so tell me something I *didn't* know.

    April 9, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. SNAPPA

    Really, its been widley known since Mconnell made the statement that his main focus is making sure President Obama is a one term president. The Republicans have done NOTHING since gaining the house in 2010 except stand in the way of making America great again after the disaster that was George W. Bush.

    April 9, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  12. Aaron

    Destorying the economy is EXACTLY what the Democrats did in 2006 – by no means could they allow the economy to recover under Bush after attacks. Look at the facts. In 2005 the Stock Market was where it is today, unemployment low. The Dems (Pelosi and the 101st) stalled fiscal legislation, and setup failure by the housing and lending programs so the economy would bust in 2008 to usher in a Dem pres.

    April 9, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. Puddin

    People (Repubs) who are not loyal, hate this country and want it to fail should leave. Leave.......go live in Syria or North Korea.

    April 9, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  14. caeser

    Republican's run up a huge debt giving themselves enormous tax breaks and start unnecessary wars they can't finish,somehow that's O.K.
    When someone comes along and wants to spend the money to help people right here in America,it's decried as Socialism.
    The choice is stark-perpetual war under republicans or nation building right here in America's heartland.

    April 9, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. Big George in Big D

    Debbie, Debbie, Debbie – what an angry woman!

    April 9, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz isn't stating anything more than that which millions of Americans have already begun discussing amongst themselves for months now.

    In other news, President Obama recently stated that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. FOX News is contradicting him by showing video of the sun rising in the west and setting in the east. Mitt Romney is still scratching his head, not ready to commit to either east/west or west/east sunset scenario.

    April 9, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. Mike

    Aaron (9:07AM), your post is hilarious. You obviously get your information from Chairman Rush which means that just like him, you don't know what you're talking about. The difference is he knows what he's doing and making a lot of money from people like you. The basic problem with Republicans is that they are Republicans 1st and Americans 2nd.

    April 9, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. Brian

    Ask yourself, are the 88 million people who can't find a job better off than they were 3 1/2 year ago? Are the highest number of people on food stamps better off than they were 3 1/2 years ago? Look at how much more money we have spent under Obama and this administration, and ask yourself – what has improved. Normally when you spend more money than any other administration in the history of the United States, you would have something to show. However, under this President and this administration they can't. We were promised a healthcare bill that would save money, it was a lie. We were promised a healthcare bill that would cost 922 billion, and yet the current estimate by the CBO is at least double that – another lie by this admistration. I only wish people would look at this administration with the same critical observation as they did the previous one to see the truth. How many times were we promised to end the wars and close Gitmo, more lies.

    April 9, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. glyder

    so whats new.the dems do the same thing.they also get help from the msm.remember the clinton bush election.

    April 9, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  20. MaryM

    Well, I have read most of the comments here and have concluded that at least 75% agree with Debbie WS.

    April 9, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. notea4me

    Rooting? Their doing everything in their power to keep the ecomomy as bad as possible. They started it right after the election with all the Wall st vs Main st crap. Standing in the way of everything the democrats try to do to help the economy. And now repiblican govenors making stingy budgets to cut as many public employees as possible to bring up unemployment numbers.

    April 9, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. skog

    This accusation comes around everytime the economy takes a hit so the current admin. can deflect criticism. Yet when the numbers are good they claim that it is because of them.

    April 9, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. Keith A. Sillsbury

    This is a no brain'er! Face it, when you hold up the records of the President, The republican party and the Democratic party you get The President With a record that FAR outweighs ANYTHING either party has done FOR the AMERICAN PEOPLE. Both parties are guilty of SELF indulgence with the repubs kissing the azzes of wall st and big oil and taking bribes...uh I mean under the table bonus's and the democrats covering their azzes by moving funds from programs devoted to education and creating jobs to basic payroll because they spent the money somewhere else. repubs need to face the fact that they ARE done. over. out of business. and the dems will soon follow. REAL CHANGE IS IN THE WIND. it may take another 20 years to get here but it is on it's way.

    April 9, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. chachabrown

    I have never seen someone so suited for thier position. This woman is a classic example of a democrat voter and proof that liberalism is psychological disorder. Congrats Debs!

    April 9, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. SilverHair

    A know fact at the gas pump – support big oil profits and sell 600 thousand barrels of finished gasoline a day out of country at huge profits.

    April 9, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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