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. hamsta

    obama never stops flapping his gums.republicans dont want the economy to fail,its becoming quite obvious obama wants the economy to fail.he is after all surrounded by 60s radicals who want to destroy capitalism and figured out decades ago they would have to destroy america from within.the even wrote a book about it called rules for radicals.thats exactly what he meant when he said he wants to fundamentaly transform america.he hopes he can change america to socialist third world welfare nation.thats what he meant by hope and change and thats why he is known as the food stamp president.

    April 8, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Emmy Skaddittle

    Why do you think none of the candidates want W help? Have you heard a word out of him? Why would you want to go back the same republican economic strategies that got us into this mess, just because its taking longer than the fast food generation wants. maybe the whole was much bigger then we initially thought and republicans in congress have made it worse

    April 8, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. O.T.

    I'm conservative and am not happy about $4.09 per gallon 87-octane gas this morning. We don't wish the economy to be bad. We wish Obama is retired in November so that it can improve. You can't have economic growth with an anti-business president.

    April 8, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Jay

    She's totally correct, they celebrate any bad news about the economy, and downplay any good news, and that's why we are paying 4 dollars for gas,

    April 8, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. proudmemberofglobalzero

    Have a Happy Easter to those who celebrate, Good Passover to those that celebrate, and restful Sunday for those that are off work today.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 8, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. jbird68

    She is right on the money with her comments. She should not walk back any of it, and can tell Boehner/McConnell where to put their attitudes.

    April 8, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. El Flaco

    Rep. Wasserman is only repeating an obvious truth.

    The stated goal of Conservatism is the destruction of our federal government and its ability to solve national problems. Though Conservative leaders pretend to believe that the federal government is some kind of tyrant-in-waiting, the truth is that the rich don't want to be taxed. That's what Conservatism is all about.

    The stated goal of the Republican Party is to make America's democratically elected President a failure. So, they are doing everything they can to prevent Obama from solving any of the nation's problems.

    This is subversion from within. Conservatives have always predicted that America's democracy would be subverted by traitors from within. It looks like they knew what they were talking about.

    April 8, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. dan5404

    Wasserman is absolutely right. Their only goal is power...the power to pass extremist measures to destroy the middle class, women's rights, the poor and minorities. They can disguise their goals with rhetoric, but the purpose is clear...billionaires and corporations are to prevail.

    April 8, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. William

    GOP = Get Obama's Presidency

    April 8, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Donkey Party

    Look no further than the ignorant and delusional comments that the right-wingers leave here to understand why the country can't move forward. If the country ever needed another Civil War, now is the time, so we can eradicate all the ignorant and delusional along with the racists (even though they're all pretty much one and the same).

    April 8, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ever wonder why if it costs big oil $2 a barrel for drilling on land and $35 a barrel for oil that comes out of the gulf, and oil then sells at over $100 a barrel, why we give the oil industry huge tax breaks?

    April 8, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. EricMD

    Anyone with a brain can see Debbie, as usual, is playing politics by shifting the blame from the Democrats to the Republicans.

    April 8, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Wow,
    What A Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice to Deceive. "Wadleman" either doesn't have a clue or she thinks she can pull the Wool over your eyes. It's amazing of how many of you buy this bunk. When the Economy tanks everybody loses. The democrats (Inmates) have been running the show for the last 75 years. You want more of the same? VOTE DEMOCRAT !!!

    April 8, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Jay

    O.T.

    Your ignorance is amazing and a great example fo the mis-leading info put out by the GOP. The president is NOT responsible for the high gas prices. Do your research and stop believing everything some politician or pundit tells you. Left and right skew /change the facts to fit their agenda. Take the Keystone pipe line. Bet you are for it because you have been sold on the idea that it will lower gas prices. Whio is spewing this nonsense? The right. Let me ask you- where does the majority of the gas/oil the us produces go? Over seas- why? the corporations make more money and that is their sole objective. So do you really believe these corps' are going to sell you their gas cheap when they can make a hell of a lot more by shipping over seas? If you bleive they are going to keep it here then I have some excellent swamp land for sale.

    April 8, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Ron

    I agree totally. Republicans have done everything they could do to thwart economic recovery because they want to defeat Obama. I'm an independent. Used to split my ticket about equally. No more. It's a rare Republican I can vote for.

    April 8, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. kentucky0bservr

    Why would anyone root for this miserable economy to be worse; every action taken by this administration has made it it the morass of the Western world. The "great Divider" doesn't offer solutions – only more class warfare, gender warfare, religious warfare and crippling debt.........we need someone with a "proven record of success" not slogans.

    April 8, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. paul

    Republicans are responsible for high gas prices. The Koch brothers and their big oil friends think that if they export our oil (oil is now the number 1 export) they can keep prices high and get people to panic and not elect Obama. If oil production in this country is up and use down then their option is to export our oil, get high prices elsewhere, keep the price up here and get the added benefit of it working against Obama. They will do anything to elect their puppet conservatives.

    April 8, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Donkey Party

    O.T. @ 11:15 –

    First of all, get it through your pea-sized brain that the President doesn't control gas prices. Second, how do you reconcile the fact that corporations have recorded record-breaking profits since President Obama took office? Typical delusional, ignorant right-winger living inside a bubble, imagining and calling the President something he isn't (anti-business). It's quite apparent that right-wing media (Fox Non-news) has rotted your thinking capacity.

    April 8, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Phil T. Listener

    @El Flaco:

    Exactly right. The main reason conservatives want to diminish the power of the Federal government is to allow free reign and exploitation over the working middle class and working poor. No environmental, financial, workplace or commerce regulation, no national educational standards which guarantee consistency across the system nationwide.

    If Romney gets elected the first order of business will be to end the estate tax. Other regulations and regulatory agencies will be gutted in the name of "smaller government". Then the proverbial end of a substantial middle class will come to fruition.

    April 8, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. UhYeaOk

    Typical whinning from the democrats, they have BS'd people for the last 3 years. Now that there is no real progress going on they point their finger at the Republicans Boo hoo! The democrats had all the power (President and both house majorities) for 2 years and did nothing with it. They are as incompetent as the republicans are. Don't vote for either party in 2012...

    April 8, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Wood Yi

    If Romney is anything like Bush was, then Republicans in power will not fix anything, but will merely bring this country closer to ruin. After all, Bush ran us into two illegal wars based on a false flag attack, forced the anti American Patriot Act on us, and grew the government faster than anyone (except of course the government worshipping Obama).

    April 8, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. mlynn

    Finally someone has spoken the truth. I have always thought the Repubs in congress have made it job #1 to oust Obama and throwing the country under the bus to accomplish this doesn't bother them at all. What's a bump in the economic road when their bank account is more then flush! They certainly aren't feeling the pinch. Right leaning big business are more then happy to follow their lead.

    April 8, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Donkey Party

    O.T. @ 11:15 –

    First of all, get it through your pea-sized brain that the President doesn't control gas prices. Second, how do you reconcile the fact that corporations have recorded record-breaking profits since President Obama took office? Typical delusional, ignorant right-winger living inside a bubble, imagining and calling the President something he isn't (anti-business). It's quite apparent that right-wing media has rotted your thinking capacity.

    April 8, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Jim

    Just the fact that Wasserman and company say something so patently stupid and false demonstrates that there are enough ignoramuses in the world that Obama and the Democrats feel the need to court them.

    Just like the ol', "they want grammy to eat dog food and the young kids to die!" stupidity mantra that works on the feeble-minded, they will get the useful idiot vote.

    April 8, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. Buddy Joe

    Love Shultz

    Since when did painful and obvious truths become controversial?

    April 8, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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