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. mark99er

    I just saw the "Hunger Games" at the theater. Keep voting republican and that's what you will get!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Wood Yi

    The truth is that the rich don't want to be taxed. That's what Conservatism is all about.

    What's wrong with no taxes? IT worked until 1912.

    They are doing everything they can to prevent Obama from solving any of the nation's problems.

    Most of the nation's problems are CAUSED by government, specifically a too big, too unaccountable, corrupt to the bone government.

    Only conservatism can save this country from ruin. Otherwise we will make Greece look like a cake walk. And NO, Republicans are NOT conservative, they are merely big government loving globalist RINOs.

    True conservatism? I am voting in Ron Paul, or writing him in come November, as I suspect MANY people are. Unlike the pikers who keep playing the false Democrat/Republican game, some of us still love America and what it stands for.

    April 8, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Surfer George

    Republicans in Congress have taken an active role in keeping the economy down. ALL Ultra "Right" wingnut extremists, especially the TEA Party obstructionists have made keeping President Obama from getting a second term. In their zeal they have abandoned the Country for their Party. The have prevented President Obama from getting his appointments through and from implementing the policies he was popularly elected for.

    Our Republicans are saying "This is for your own good America, go to your room and we'll let you know when your punishment for electing this man is done."

    April 8, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Greg McColm

    As I recall, Republicans were making the same complaint about the Democrats during W's last 2-3 years.

    April 8, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. PVS1

    better headline: "Democrat points out blatant fact, triggers false outrage.

    April 8, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. ElectClinton

    I remember when our Speaker of the House Dick Gephardt said every 100 point drop in the market translated into one more seat for our party, so, turnabout is fair play, I guess.

    April 8, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. PVS1

    "Democrat points out blatant fact, triggers false outrage."

    April 8, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Jewels

    O.T. - get an education. You sound like someone that preaches what you heard from your parents.

    April 8, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. ElectClinton

    Besides, she can say anything she wants, truth is, the economy is terrible, job creation is rotten, gas prices are obnoxious, it is horrible right now.

    April 8, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. B

    Most Americans now understand what the -Republican agenda- truly is, and Mitch McConnell was the Author of it!

    The Republicans absolutely can not deal with the fact that a Black man is in control of the country and will do anything to block ANY legislation to take this President down.

    Most also understand the underlying and insidious tone of most Republicans in regards to race in their politics.
    The president was correct in using the term Social Darwinism because that is what Republicans are about and that is the underlying tone that keeps creeping out of their ongoing rhetoric.

    April 8, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Mike

    Funny that this Democrat would say this when the Obama's energy czar says we need gas at $8.00/gal., continued uncontrolled debt spending, corporate tax rates that are the highest in the world. And off course the fact the the Dem controlled Senate has even put forward a budget plan in over 3 yeats.

    Before any libs say that Chu backtracked on the high gas prices that was a political ploy.

    April 8, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. blake

    The GOP is rooting for truth in reporting. Not doctored jobs reports based on flawed algorithms. Not unvarnished promotion of the leftist agenda by most of the media. Not blame everything on someone else. Truth will completely undermine Obama's re-election bid.

    April 8, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Keith Peterson

    There is some truth to this. I have several of what I would call nut-job conservatives that I know. And they all said from the beginning that they hope Obama fails so that he won't get re-elected. Didn't someone if the house or senate say that the primary job of the Republicans was to make sure Obama is a one-term President. This all sounds pretty clear to me.

    April 8, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. jim

    (reads comments)

    lotta conservatives out there still refuse to accept facts.

    April 8, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. bhartman36

    Greg McColm is right. The Democrats were doing the same thing in 2008. This is a strategy used by both parties. There's nothing unfair about it, either. Pointing out the economic problems of the incumbent administration just makes sense.

    April 8, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. GOP=Make Believe

    No secret here. Of course the GOP is rooting for a bad economy and high gas prices. Why wouldn't they?

    April 8, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. chatmandu002

    Obama = No hope, No change, No transparency and No leadership.

    April 8, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. gregory21

    It's true . All they care about is trying to make the President look bad and winning the White House. They don't care about the people. Nothing affects there pay or health care. Our taxes take care of them.When are they going to start paying for things out of there pocket.

    April 8, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. A not-so-stupid former republican

    The republican's stated aim is to make President Obama a one term president even if they have to destroy the United States to do it. The republican party is truly the party of Greedy Old Pigs!

    April 8, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Larry Mike Garmon

    Let's call Wasserman Schultz the new "Snowball" who is spearheading the disinformation committe for our present Napoleon. "Surely, you don't want Snowball to return, do you?" Wasserman Schultz squeals.

    April 8, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. chatmandu002

    Hey liberal/progressive/socialist democrats, keep going down this road you are on and the country will soon become the Federal Republic of America. With big government controlling everything from the economy to your personal life. Long gone will be any personal responsibilities or freedoms. This might last until the liberal/progressive/socialist government runs out of other people's money.

    April 8, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Dennis

    I don't think we have to root for a bad economy, Obama is doing a good job of that all by himself.

    April 8, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. lib

    WHATEVER! I am still voting President Obama 2012. NO matter what his policies, none of the GOP candidates are worth my vote. They criiticize the president but not one of them has a plan to do any better. How anyone would be willing to vote for any of them amazes me. I am sick of the whole campaigning of them.

    April 8, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. RINO Bil

    Ya think?

    Just wait until Sept/Oct when big companies start laying workers off just to make the economy and unemployment look real bad. Then, of course, they'll up their whining about intrusive government regulations etc, etc, etc.

    April 8, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Edwin

    (1) The minority speaker for the Senate said the #1 goal of the GOP was to make Obama a one-term president. Nobody else made that up - he really did say it! (2) Many, many conservative analysts have pointed out - repeatedly - that the easiest way to defeat Obama is if the economy is very bad. (3) Add to that the sheer number of bills they've blocked or slowed that would have helped stimulate the economy, and the incredible number of bills the GOP *has* put forth on abotion, contraception, religion, and other non-economic issues.

    In a court of law, we would see motivation and action and any jury would find them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Unfortunately, in politics, the jury includes millions of gullible fools who don't care about evidence.

    April 8, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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