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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soundoff (495 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    @Tim: Thanks for providing the facts about how the markets have done since President Obama took office.

    Now, if we could just find a way to point out the hypocrisy of the right and their claims (like Palin recently did on the Today Show) that President Obama has "failed socialist policies."

    If what President Obama has been doing is "socialism," then why are all the capitalists doing so well?


    April 8, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    It is pretty obvious that the Republicans care little, if at all, about anyone making less than $1,000,000 a year. Any and all tax relief starts with breaks for the richest people in America, then throws in a small break for upper middle class and cuts funding for the average wage earners and poor to pay for it all.

    Romney and his cohorts in wealth have never had to choose between medications and food. Between paying for day care or needed car repairs (If Romney has a problem with his car he just takes one of his other ones. If his mansion is damaged in a storm he just moves to another one until his gets fixed.) These rich jerks don't have a clue about average life.

    April 8, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Coloradan

    Of course they want the economy to fail. They are so driven by a desire for control at any cost that bringing down the President at any cost is their driving motivation. And if the country goes down with him, well at least they will have their rightful power.

    April 8, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. J Roby

    Well DUH. Doing everything they can do to obstruct America's economic progress is the only way for the Republican Tea Baggers to create an issue to run on. This has been painfully obvious since 2008

    April 8, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Paulie

    Demoocrats are even worse. They claim they want the economy to do better but are secretly sabotaging it at every turn like modern day communists. One can only listen to this womans comments about gasoline she would embrace $5 even $10 gas and not think twice how it would affect the disposble income of millions of Americans not to mention the economy and businesses that rely on that income. Solyndra is not going to help my childrens future! Obamcare looms and also threatens to pick our pockets and put us further in debt. Democrats are all wolves in sheeps clothing - claiming to want whats best for us and knifing the average citizen in the back every chance they get in secret! Anything to further their agenda. They even allowed amnesty to illegal immigrants (illegal means people breaking the law)! At least you know where you stand with Republicans. You might not like everything they say but you know they arent lying! Lastly the steepest drop in jobs was when Obama won the election and his term took us at one point to 10% unemployment! The housing bubble that brought our contry to its knees was the fault of democrats and housing - that allowed anyone with a pulse to get a mortgage they couldnt afford! The deepest jobless trend was when dems held the majority of congress! No wonder they are so unpopular!

    April 8, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    @johnqpublic: "Ms. Wasserman. Remember, in 2008-2010 there wasn't a Tea Party "TO OBSTRUCT" legislation; And nothing was done!!!"

    In the words of Rep. Wilson, "YOU LIE!"

    The Republicans have obstructed EVERYTHING President Obama has tried to do, with a record number of filibusters.

    Grow a pair and admit that your party is more concerned with regaining power than helping our country, not caring for a second how much the US suffers. Why? Because the GOP is owned and controlled by the likes of the Koch brothers and their multinational business partners who put money before everything.

    And YOU are a sucker if you continue to believe otherwise.

    April 8, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Favrefan4ever

    KentuckyObservr – You people elected Mitch "do- whatever- it- takes- to- get- rid- of- Obama" McConnell. You , sir, have no credibility!

    April 8, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. REG in AZ

    What adds a great deal of credibility to that accusation, is the Republican / Tea Party's actions over the last three plus years. They have arrogantly blocked and faulted all efforts to address the problems while stubbornly withholding any bipartisan cooperation and constantly refused to offer any real compromise – instead they just belligerently protect the interests of "the money" (their strong supporters and those who "pull their strings") and irresponsibly just put their political ambitions above all else. The Democrats are not perfect by any means but one big difference seems that they are concerned and trying, while the Republicans just fault them for everything and offer nothing but the desire to return to "more of the same", Bush-Cheney style, which brought us the problems. The distracting emotionalized propaganda about "big government", government spending and the deficit, while not without some merit, is a "smokescreen" to keep people from dwelling on where the problems really came from, who really caused them and how to really effectively address them – get rid of the "puppet" politicians who cater to "the few" with policies that allow and encourage exploitation by the advantaged few, costing the country and the majority greatly.

    April 8, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Wood Yi: "What's wrong with no taxes? IT worked until 1912."

    Newsflash, buddy: We aren't living in 1912 anymore! And regarding the government's role, it was unregulated big business that brought the markets down and brought on economic collapse in 1929 AND 2008.

    Your analogy with Greece is typical uninformed Fox BS: Greece's biggest problem is TAX EVASION, i.e., people not paying their fair share for the infrastructure they enjoy.

    You are a typical Ronbot, naively thinking that all this civil society and infrastructure you take for granted will just magically continue.

    If you're so keen on no government, go live in Somalia ....

    April 8, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Harry Baxter

    Of course they are. The GOP has nothing else that will win for them except for an economical "crash", or their distortion of how things really are. They have no plans other than the Big Lie that if they reduce taxes on the rich, revenues to the government will increase, and all will be well with the world.

    April 8, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. petemg

    Is the Democratic party concerned about their job security in Congress and the Obama's popularity to say the things this person says. Why don't these people bring out facts and not slam GOP. It is all the parties concerned, not one above the other. If Obama were so concerned about the job/economic growth, why did he farm out jobs to Finland for the cars and China for the alternate green power. The GOP and Democrats need to unite amongst themselves, because mulatto Obama does not want to. Obama feeds upon controversy. The problems occur when one party presents something but the other party will not question it. Obama had chances to question the policies of President Bush when Obama was in Congress.

    April 8, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Alan

    And she wasn't rooting for a bad economy when Bush was in office?

    April 8, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. johnqpublic

    filtburger...I can think for myself hence I am not a republican nor a democrat. It is amazing to see your lack of ability to use facts to back up your uneducated argument. This isn't an argument of Bush/Cheney against Obama. If you can tell me in regards to economy/housing that between 2008-2011 that President and his party have put forth a budget/plan even when they had a two house majority...please do. Okay so you can't because it doesn't exist. Thus, I say without supporting Republicans nor democrats that at this time the party in control of 1/2 congress and the executive branch have not done their jobs. Regardless. I would ask you to stop reading the onion and perhaps think about an upper level degree. You can't continue to blame Bush for the inability of Obama with his majority of 1/2 his Presidency to address economic goals.

    April 8, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Dan

    STOP HATING EACH OTHER. We are all from the same nation and we all face the same problems! Each of you is so caught up in defending 'your side' that not one of has said the real problem: Mainstream media and politicians! This article is a perfect example.

    April 8, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. pray

    all of which she mentioned was in spite of Obama's best efforts to destroy the economy, remember as his former first hand man always said "always make best use og bad news". But 4.00 gas, unemployment at 16.6% (yes folks that is the real number), firing most of NASA, and giving away the car companies to the socialist unions, and passing in the middle of the night the largest unconsitutional cost of OBama care onto the small business, the private sector has still managed to grow, But that gets stuck in his socialist little craw

    April 8, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. johnqpublic

    Think AGAIN: Perhaps you should stop being adversarial to the independants that can think for themselves. The president had a majority in both houses regardless of the minority party for the first two years of his presidency and HE DID NOTHING to boost the economy nor the housing market. Any educated person can notice if they are abreast of what happens in Congress. If he did; please demonstrate that he did. This isn't about Bush/Cheney/Tea Party...This is about 730 days of not getting anything done for these issues when Americans needed it most.

    April 8, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. UrAverageJoe

    Johnqpublic-with Repbiulicans abusing the fillibuster, there is no way to get anything done. Repbulicans made clear from day one that their #1 priority was to see this president fail and if they have to destroy the economy in the process, then so be it. Reagan and Bush ran up HUGE deficits at a time of a good economy – Reagan i a time of peace. Yeah Obama has HUGE deficits, WE'RE IN A DEPRESSION or what would be a depression without Social Security, Unemployment Benefits and AFDC – all things the Republicans want to get rid of. We have to run up deficits now, there was no reason to run up the deficits that Reagan & the Bushes ran up, except that they want to get the country so far in debt they can finally convince people that we have to get rid of the social safety net. That is and has been the goal for the last 40 years!

    April 8, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    @Paulie: "Demoocrats are even worse. They claim they want the economy to do better but are secretly sabotaging it at every turn like modern day communists."

    Riiiiiight .... that's why the capitalist markets have been going through the roof since President Obama took office ... why GM is alive and bin Laden is dead ...

    To claim the Republicans aren't lying is delusional. The housing bubble? How is it the Democrats fault that unscrupulous mortgage lenders gave loans to people who never qualified for one before, breaking the law by falsifying income statements, then bundling worthless mortgages which were rated A+ and resold on the world market? Sounds more like a bunch of greedy SOBs at work to me.

    Solyndra? One company doesn't make it ... How about all this under GW Bush:

    Enron's collapse? Halliburton's over charging and war profiteering (over $12 billion unaccounted for)?

    Or this FACT: From 2000-2008 under Bush, our GDP grew at 2.1% – the LOWEST since World War II?
    Where are all the American jobs promised by the Bush tax cuts? Under the 8 years of Bush, 1.1 million jobs were added to the American economy; again, the LOWEST since World War II.

    If you're really looking for lies, buddy, look no further than the GOP.

    April 8, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. rtbrno65

    I disagree that the Republicans are rooting for a bad economy. What I think is that they're going to just keep saying over and over again that it's bad whether it actually is or not. They're also going to exploit every negative piece of news on the economy that they can. The Democrats did the same thing four years ago.

    April 8, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. md22mdrx

    KetnyckyObserver- .we need someone with a "proven record of success" not slogans.

    Well then ... you offer ROMNEY who has a proven track record of vulture capitalism, job DESTRUCtION, and outsourcing. That's our ProBLEM, not our solution.

    April 8, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. Carl Peteron

    Apparently she can't remember or doesn't want to acknowledge it but Eric Cantor and the Republicans are the ones who came up with the Jobs Bill that her king just signed last week. If she is going to lead the Democrats at least she should keep up with what's happening in the world. Unless she is not up to the job she should give it to someone else. I can't wait to vote Mitt Romney for president in November so he will get this who mess Obama has caused straightened out both fiscally and morally.

    April 8, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Guitar

    Thank You Ms. Wasserman Schultz!! Finally a politician with some backbone willing to step up and tell the truth! !
    Party politics, (specifically the actions of the current Republican party), are destroying this country while 'The People" of the United States have to suffer the consequences for these self-centered, corrupt, corporate puppets.

    April 8, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. John

    The wealthy class has been expanding their wealth for thrity year while the rest of us are worse off. The wealthy have made the decisions to send 10s of millions of jobs overseas. The wealthy have eliminated pensions to increase their compensation packages. We are a class less society until it comes to layoff time! The wealthy have their third and fourth homes in Europe to escape to when things get bad here, they don't care about the average joe. The single issue voters better wake up, if the GOP gains total control of Washington there will not be a middle class.

    April 8, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. WV

    @ThinkAgain – Let's not forget it was a Bill Clinton, a democrat, who deregulated the financial sector in his second term. Both sides do whatever and say whatever they have to in order to get elected.

    And if you want to talk about tax evasion, what about the 47% of the US that doesn't pay income tax? They certainly use and enjoy the society and infrastructure the other 53% pay for. When EVERYONE pays their fair share THEN come talk to me. Until then I don't want to hear it......

    April 8, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. BobInIrvine

    johnqpublic: OK, " 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."

    However, you forgot the Grover Norquist "no taxes for the rich" pledge the Repukes have taken, and how's that affecting the deficit. Oh, yeah. If you work for OMB, I'm President Obama.

    April 8, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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