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. REG in AZ

    The comparison (actually contrast) is simple and clear: with the Republicans / Tea Party, then the very few, the greatly advantaged few, continually win with only propaganda to con and manipulate the majority; with the Democrats the majority has a chance, not a guarantee but by all reason, the only chance. To reject that is apt to be accepting and supporting the obvious, that our country is being continually pushed into being a two-class society with "the few" (1%) competing in having it all while the majority (99%) is left struggling to survive.

    April 8, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. a realist

    It has been plain for a long time that the Repubs want the economy to fail so they can try to blame Obama. Look how they are now trying to blame high gas prices on him, even though the prices have nothing to do with him. And by the way: gas prices are not so bad here in Denver, still around $3.80 per gallon at stations close to our house. But they can foam at the mouth all they want. Recent polls show Obama WELL ahead of Romney wiith women (more than half of voters), Latinos, and independents. Also, I think the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Health Care Act is a win/win for Obama, no matter which way it goes. If they vote against it, people who are already benefiting from it (that includes me and my husband) and who would benefit from it in the future will be furious at the conservatives on the court. If they uphold it, it will be seen as a huge victory for Obama. Either way, he gains votes in the fall. Obama/Biden 2012!

    April 8, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Justin

    It has taken 3.5 years for unemployment to get to 8.2%? Mainly because people have given up on searching for work. What do you think Republicans will do? The same thing that democrats due when they are not in the White House!!! Highlight the opposing incumbent's weaknesses as proof a change is needed. Its called politics Ms Wasserman Schultz. And Democrats choose to play victim rather than point out the less than stellar accomplishments of President Obama. Not really surprising though, since the democrats are always playing the victim card.

    President Obama as not been willing to compromise with the GOP on anything. He as proposed a budget on 2 separate occasions and is own party did not even vote for it. What does that say?

    April 8, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. itstrue

    its not an accusation, its the truth. From day one of obama's term these people have been rooting(even hoping, in rush limbaugh's case) for this country to fail, just so they can win another election. party over country with these folks, for anybody that says its not true we can find the quotes, they are plainly available for all to see.

    April 8, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Tony

    Republicans have said in public that they want the president to fail. Case closed.

    April 8, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. anahadwolves

    When the Republicans were sworn at the beginning of President Obama's term, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stated plainly and openly: "Our goal is to ensure that Barack Obama is a one-term President." Period.

    There was no talk of "we need to work together for the Americabn people", no "we may disagree on issues but we'll find a way to overcome our differences for the betterment of the country" and no "we can disagree without being disagreeable." None of that. None.

    McConnell is simply a Republican political hack stating firmly that the only thing that matters to the Republicans is to be as obstinate, as truculent and as obtuse as they can be through Obama's term. If America goes to Hell by doing that, well, too bad.

    Republicans are evil, egregious, intransigent trolls. Come November, we will remember and register that disapproval at the ballot box. Count on it!

    April 8, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Philo99

    What an assassin assertion. The Republicans are the ones being most affected by the bad economy. They are on the front lines making investments and taking risks with their own money.

    Good economy or bad it doesn't matter to the Democrats because they still get their welfare checks every month.

    April 8, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. drp146

    The GOP Budget proposed by Paul Ryan and endorsed by Romney says essentially one main thing: Just get rich and then we will take very good care of you.

    April 8, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Dave Harris

    She's just now figured this out? Why did she think Republicans crow about every bit of bad news and try to downplay anything good? Why do they oppose any effort to actually create jobs, rather than just talk about it? Why do they refuse to fix the roads and bridges? Why do they want to destroy everyone's retirement security (except Congressmens', of course)? If Republicans aren't trying to actually destroy the economy so they can take political advantage of the misery, they're certainly putting up a good act.

    April 8, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. sunny

    its not an accusation it is the truth. the tea party and republicans have done nothing but obstruct, if obama were to hold up a blue pen these people would say it was red out of spite. they WANT this country to fail(as voiced by republican leaders and figureheads in the beginning of obama's term)

    April 8, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. mk1

    Republicans has been rooting for a bad economy ever since President Obama took office. All you have to do to understand this is look at what they have NOT done to help turn the economy around and by their total lack of cooperation and compromise. McConnell also as is well known said their primary focus will be on making President Obama a one term president thus they had no incentive to help Americans at all. What cowardly anti Americans Republicans are.

    April 8, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. The Film Professor

    Umm, of course she's right. Totally true. Republicans have tried sabotage every Democratic initiative of the past several years, all in hopes of stalling a recovery and trying to oust Obama this fall. THEY ARE FAILING MISERABLY!! Obama in a landslide this fall!! 350-400 Electoral Votes.

    April 8, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Vivek Chaudhary

    DNC has short term memory. They didn't allow GWB to do anything from 2006 till 2008. Democrats were still in majority till 2010 and what did they do, NOTHING. Well, it is easy to blame GOP but the problem is with them. Just a reminder, their most successful President Clinton flourished because GOP was in majority. He couldn't do anything from 1992 to 1994 when democrats were in majority. So if you talk with historical facts, democrats do not know how to behave when in majority because they have no idea, all they have learned in their life to be negative.

    April 8, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. mk1

    Alan, Democrats gave nearly everything that President Bush every wanted or suggested. Not even a close comparison.

    April 8, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. yolanda

    Oh, so now we all need to pull together, huh? Where was that bipartisanship spirit when you force-fed the country Obamacare? I forgot, it wasn't an election year, and you had control of both houses, not least because of the trumped up charges against Ted Stevens that allowed you a filibuster-free Senate. Climb back under your rock.

    April 8, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. hamsta

    sure blame the republicans for every little problem pinnochio and when the big bad wolf eats all the lost sheep it will be your fault.

    April 8, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Miki Ellis

    Silly girl! We're not rooting for the economy to falter, we're saying "I told you so."

    April 8, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. JC in Western U.S.

    I don't know about other Democrats, but the big surprise to me is that anybody would think that this is the first time a Democrat had said out loud that the GOP wants the economy to be bad, just so they can blame it on Obama. As if anybody would a) believe that the economy is worse now than in 2008 or b) believe that the GOP has been helping the economy to improve or c) believe that Obama singlehandedly controls the economy or d) believe that the GOP has a well articulated plan that substantially and clearly differs from Obama's.

    Sorry. But I just think reasonable people aren't going to fall for any of that. Whenever good economic news is published, the same four things get repeated by the Republicans and everybody else just shrugs and rolls their eyes at the GOP.

    We learned a long time ago that the GOP doesn't see the economic glass as half full. They see it as half empty and are desperately unhappy about that. They want it all the way empty so they can blame Obama.

    April 8, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Anonymous


    Apparently your thought process has long since seen its expiration date. Every President of the United States is required by law to submit yearly budget proposals. Unfortunately, the GOP aren't team players anymore but have instead become team obstructionists since Obama's ignauration ... they refuse to address his budget plans, including those plans which would benefit all Americans, red and blue state alike. Much of Obama's budget proposals are very similar to that which Ronald Reagan would have submitted (and did). Goggle away and see for yourself.

    April 8, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. JohnRJohnson

    The Republican Party leadership and members of the Republican caucuses in Congress have made it crystal clear that their most important objective is to defeat the President in November. They have set that goal above all else, including the welfare of the nation. The proof is this obvious to anybody who isn't ruled by their ideological bias. Republicans in Congress, especially in the House of Representatives, have opposed more than 90% of the bills which have been proposed or supported by this president. Their opposition has been expressed with an unprecedented number of filibusters over the last +3 years and preventing many bills from even being brought to the floor for debate. The other tactic they've used is to add 'poison pill' amendments to bills, knowing that those amendments would make the legislation unacceptable to everybody, including members of their own caucus. This is how they blocked the budgets which Obama has proposed. Now, Republicans scream in your face, "Where are the budgets Obama and the Democrats were supposed to bring before Congress?" As if they didn't know exactly what had happened to those proposals. The lying and hypocrisy of these power-hungry ideologues is blatant and greatly disturbing. It is also about to cost this country the only health care reform it has had in the last half century. One can only hope that the 10 million Democrats who stayed home during the 2010 elections will show up at the polls and throw out the ideologues who have commandeered our government and tried to take it back to the mid-19th century.

    April 8, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. geggyg


    Go to the WH website or the website for the Office of Management and Budget and you will find Pres Obamas budgets for his term so far. Just a simple internet seach wll show they were presented to congress even if they were not passed. No Pesidents buget has ever been passed in with out major changes.

    April 8, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Bleedingheart

    Let's be honest. Most of us Libs were hoping things would stay bad during the last months of Bush's administration. It's called politics folks and that's the way the game is played.

    April 8, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. Catmandew

    To think again.Obama has played blame game for 3 years he has achieved very little. Let's see ,he did a failed stimulus plan.He passed a very costly healthcare plan that we are payin to defend at supreme court, like it or not.GM should have done better at their bussiness, I must have missed FORD bailout. This is supposed to be capitalist economy.That means if you go bankrupt you go outta bussiness.

    April 8, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. JamesKlimaski

    Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have shown a real interest in doing the things necessary to fix the problems this country faces, though many of these problems have relatively simple solutions. For example, Socials Security would remain solvent if we just raised the income payment level from $109,000 to say $200,000. Instead both parties reduced the payroll taxes, which has the effect of robbing the Social Security Trust Fund.

    We also need to stop being so belligerent in our foreign policy. At least Ron Paul has that part right. In this he is joined by Bernie Sanders and Ron Wyden and Sheldon Whithouse. Wars are expensive and they really don't turn a profit for this country, contrary to the thinking of Dick Cheney.

    And finally, yes we do have to raise taxes. Our economic decline in this century started with the Bush tax cut – which was supported by a good number of Democrats. We cannot cut our expenses enough to balance the national budget and still remain a country. We need the income to pay down the debt, maintain our infrastructure to carry on commerce and see to the general welfare of our people. We are not living at the time of the American Revolution or the end of the nineteenth century. The world has shrunk and we are very much a part of it, contrary to the wishes of the tea partiers out there.

    But this is a presidential election year. Rational thought will be thrown out the window.
    sad, so sad.

    April 8, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Andrew

    You are sooooo right Debbie and they are the one's that would always say "America First". Let's give president Obama some members he can work with. I bet if we do that, by the end of 2015 our unemployment rate would be somethere around 7.5%. But ofcause the GOP'er are rooting for the economy fail!

    April 8, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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