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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  1. Zious

    This is not an accusation. This is the reality. Obviously the Republicans will not shout from the podium saying that out loud. They have proved in words and deeds that their only objective is to defeat the President who although he was democratically elected by a majority of the people was never treated as elected by the Republicans. The R's always claimed that the people opposed things that the President proposed. This since the day he was elected. They have treated him like an outsider who was handed the Presidency. The republicans have shown why they are such a mean, vile, hate-filled group. There should be a total ban on all political activity once the election is over until a couple of months before the next elections.

    April 8, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. FED UP

    Why is it the Dems ALWAYS have to defend Obama by saying if you don't vote for Obama your a racist? Do you idiots even have a clue what he has done? What he is doing? When Ben Burnacke prints money out of thin air it devalues our currency and drives inflation. Given a few more years of this having a job in America won't even matter. Our money won't be worth the paper its printed on. But yeah you little demotards keep thinking this is about race.

    April 8, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. steven harnack

    She's a woman, so most Republicans will automatically reject anything that she has to say, even while every report of progress causes them actual physical pain.

    April 8, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. johnqpublic

    Most people in DC are aware of Congresswoman Wasserman's antics and lack of credibility. The sour fact is the economy isn't great. Yes, The president inherited a terrible recession (actually factually GWB also inherited a recession but obviously much smaller scale). However, the president also inherited two years with a majority in both houses of his own party with the inabiilty to actually address the economy or the housing market. He got through in the middle of the night a health care bill that most economists and health care professionals agree is doomed especially with medicare cuts to hospitals by almost 300 billion dollars. So while the congresswoman can say that "Republicans are rooting for the economy to fail" which I think is incorrect and irresponsible of her; her party and president haven't put forth a budget in years, nor ways to fix the economy regardless of the gridlock!!! Save our time with the rhetoric and actually use the syllables on real legislation and a budget to garner your own legimacy Ms. Wasserman. Remember, in 2008-2010 there wasn't a Tea Party "TO OBSTRUCT" legislation; And nothing was done!!!

    April 8, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Tim

    Have any of those questioning the economic recovery actually taken a look at any data rather than spouting off FOX sound bites? I recently took a look at the market, comparing day 1 levels when Obama took office to the 3/26/12 at market close (which was the last time I did the comparison). Here's the data in a Market / Day 1 / March 26, 2012 / % Increase format:

    Dow / 7,949.09 / 13,241.63 / + 67%
    NASDAQ / 1,440.86 / 3,122.57 / +117%
    S&P / 805.22 / 1,416.51 / +76%

    I kind of like this trend a little better than the trend as Bush II left office, don't you? I think if you do a little investigation and critical thinking of your own you will find that the employment trend is also going in a much better direction than it was at the end of the Bush II reign as well.

    I don't mind if you vote Democratic or Republican but please, base it on facts and your own ability to reason rather than "misstating" things (the new Republican euphemism for I lied and made up "facts" to support my position but you caught me in my lie) as facts to try and make your point. If you can't come up with real verifiable data to back your position, maybe you should re-think your position.

    April 8, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Mike

    Who whats to go back to the failed polices of the GOP that bankrupted the economy and killed thousand of innocent US lives on the lie to go to war. And since America elected Obama the GOP have been penalizing America. Talk about kicking someone when their down.

    April 8, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. tony

    Those who want "less" government, only have to look to "middle ages" to see what that really means.

    April 8, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Craig from Pa.

    Republicans are in for a big surprise this election.....their arrogance is transparent ...they will lose in a landslide...the MAJORITY of the people are not as stupid as they think! And that major idiot Mitch McConnell needs to be tried for treason...he does not deserve to be a Senator, but then he represents Kentucky...need I say more!

    April 8, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. rosaadriana

    That and collective amnesia about the last time they were in charge.

    April 8, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. tony

    What's that news about the Governor of Wisconsin, repealing the "equal pay for women" law?

    April 8, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Patrick from Minnesota

    Come on, even an idiot can realize that the Republicans are trying to bring down the economy for their political gain. You don't need to go on a pulpit to tell everyone that.

    April 8, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. 4merRepubCT

    When Republican obstructionism becomes undeniable reality, who will they find to blame? Crumbling infrastructure may just be talking points today, but will become deadly when bridges and tunnels fail. Lack of internet/information access to many American students continues to make us look like a developing nation – yet Repubs refuse to acknowledge this while screaming about our ineffective educational system. Reducing women to the status of caterpillars makes clear their opinion that we are just bugs to be trampled upon. Rooting for U.S. automobile manufacturers to fail – hoping for tens of thousands of more unemployed – this is the Republican agenda. This is not patriotic, but treasonous.

    April 8, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. John

    The Republican are wishing that the Economic get worst. After all they are the one that got the Economic In the shape In the first Place.

    April 8, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. johnqpublic

    Tim, If you want to be factual understand that the national debt during the current President's term has increased at a far faster pace than the previous president. i am not a GWB fan. I am a fan of accuracy. These facts come directly from the CBO (which I work for). So while the "market" may have become better in your day to day comparison (which is a bad way to look at it); our nation's credit rating was AAA then and only AA now. Facts you can't refute.

    April 8, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Catmandew

    Leave it DNC to try and make Obama look good kinda like lipstick on a pig. Let's just let Obama run on his record and see how it goes. I think his stance on jobs speaks for itself,trade high end ones for low end ones. His energy policy, take credit for whatever looks good to the crowd at the time. I think Obama is a good campaigner but not so good a doer.

    April 8, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. RAMBLE

    She says that based on what? Is she a mind reader? It's like someone saying she wants Capitalism to fail so she could have her Socialism or, better yet, Communism.

    April 8, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Reggie from LA

    Chatman... says "Hey liberal/progressive/socialist democrats, keep going down this road you are on and the country will soon become the Federal Republic of America."
    Perhaps. But people will have food and healthcare and there will always be enough ingenuous, greedy and entrepreneurial folks on either side of the aisle that will ensure there is commerce and manufacturing that will create jobs. And with an understanding of history of plutocracy, fascism and dictatorship, history will have a difficult time repeating itself in the Federal Republic of America. Seems that the only thing wrong with this progress is that many hateful, greedy, constitution-waving megalomaniacs will have their feelings hurt. Waahh.

    April 8, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. pjc722

    PLEASE all just SHUT UP!!! Just fix the economy. Stop playing the blame game! Get people back to work, fix the tax code so that companies will hire middle class people and then MORE AND MORE poor people may have something to reach for because without a "middle class" they certainly won't be the WEALTHY.

    I am tired of hearing Romney say that Obama hasn't been good for the economy. OK. I'll bite. But now show me what you will do differently and NOT JUST "I WILL GET AMERICA RUNNING AGAIN" rhetoric. I'm even more tired of hearing Obama and democrats say that the economy is doing better and we've added 4 million jobs when we've lost just as many and more so we're not even BETTER off. We have actually more people UNEMPLOYED than the numbers indicate.

    All I want to say is SHUT UP, get to work, and STOP FIGHTING over NOTHING! BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE!!!

    April 8, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. rika33

    And teh sun came up this morning also. Politicians on either side root for bad news on their oponents. All poilicians care about is power and money – not the good of the American people as a whole.

    April 8, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Preacherguy

    All we have been hearing from many in the GOP since the inaguration is that they will do all in their power to make sure this president fails. I think it is an affront to the founding principles of this country that people of differing opinions refuse to work together to find common ground. It happens on both sides, to be sure, but the GOP has taken it to the extreme in these last 3 years.

    April 8, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. UrAverageJoe

    Hey JohnQPublic – a terrible recession? Let's be honest, without things like Social Security, Unemployment benefits, AFDC, etc. – all things you and the Republicans want to completely do away with – this would have been a full-blown depression. The Democrats may have had supermajorities in both houses, but not for the full two years. With the new Senate game of fillibustering EVERYTHING, you need 60 votes to get any legislation through. Rush Limbaugh, the titular head of the Republican Party, made clear that no Republican would vote for ANY legislation put forward by Democrats. With that and the fillibusters, there is no way to pass anything in Congress, which is just what they want – they want this president to fail and if they have to destroy the country in the process, so be it! Sadly, if/when the Democratic Party loses the white house, Democrats in the Congress will do the same thing to the Repbulicans because for BOTH parties, Party is more important than Country. THIS is a much greater threat to our country than any terrorist organization out there!

    April 8, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    No duh!

    From the Rush Limbaugh website archives: On January 16, 2009, Rush Limbaugh said on his show in response to a request from a major American print publication what his hopes were for the Obama presidency. "I hope he fails."

    President Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009.

    Limbaugh voiced the GOP's objective, to make President Obama fail, regardless of the cost to the American people and to our country.

    So, yes, Republicans want the economy to be bad so they can blame President Obama ... in the hopes of regaining power ... to reimplement the very failed policies that created this economic mess in the first place.

    Voting for the GOP is insanity!

    April 8, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Filthburger

    johnqpublic, if you can't see that the GOP's primary goal is to make Obama fail, regardless of any thing else, then you are not paying attention. It took Bush/Cheney a few years to take things down, but they had 8. If you honestly expect the POTUS to have everything fixed in under two years, then you are also delusional. the stimulus should have been larger. would have helped us more. bailing out GM and Chrysler have kept them alive and is paying off. i'd have liked the banks dealt with the same way the head of GM was dealt with, but what can you do. try thinking for yourself, not blindly following party lines.

    April 8, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    @Catmandew: "I think Obama is a good campaigner but not so good a doer."

    Tell that to GM which is alive and Osama bin Laden who is dead.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 8, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. UrAverageJoe

    John – yeah the deficit is worse WE'RE IN A DEPRESSION!!! Reagan and Bush ran up HUGE deficits during a decent economy and Reagan in a time of PEACE!

    April 8, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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