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. Anonymous

    I actually do wish that our President did have the authority to manipulate the price of gas. No doubt we'd all be seeing $1.00 a gallon. In election years, perhaps even lower. Unfortunately, no President has that authority - no matter what their party affiliation. Apparently Exxon (and others) can't manage on $500 billion in yearly profits and must needs continue bleeding every last penny from their consumers that they can ... with Congress' approval, of course.

    April 8, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Dee1030

    I have read here people bashing Democrats for not coming up with solutions, yet I don't hear these same people being angry with Republicans for wanting to slash the minimum wage, not extend unemployment wages to people who did lose their jobs in a horrible job market, slash funding for education, slash medicare, end social security.

    April 8, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    When you've done nothing to help the President help the American people, of course Republicans wish our President would fail. Republicans kept their promise to the top 1% by extending the Bush tax cuts and blocked everything to support the 99%.

    April 8, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Catmandew

    To think again. Bin Laden your right Obama got him he is dead.How in the world does that help fix Obama's failed policies? I think we need to worry about there being a country here for our grandchildren to live in.

    April 8, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Self Evident

    Voting Republican does more harm to this country than al Qaeda ever could do.

    April 8, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. jimatmadison

    I don't see how anyone who has spent 10 minutes looking at the posts from the Hate America First rightwingers on any story about the economy could disagree with Ms Wasserman Schultz.

    The nonsense and lies they come up with are pathetic.

    April 8, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. WhereIsPalin

    Of course they're rooting for a bad economy. Remember......It's the economy, stupid. The problem for the republicans is whether or not it is really improving. They need something to fall back on if things get better. Like....it would improve faster under republicans. Or, if the economy improves, then go after health care.

    April 8, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Debby

    My question is why even bring it up constantly in every interview if she honestly believes what she spews out of her mouth.

    April 8, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Smeagel4T

    This is news? Is there honestly somebody who REALLY doubts this? Puhleeze! Even Republicans agree with what she said. They simply won't admit it for political gameplaying reasons. The only mistake President Obama has made on the economy was not making the intiial stimulous about twice as big - like all the economics said he needed to do. He was restrained by politically realities. If President Obama's predecessor had continued Clinton's fiscal responsibility rather than doing a complete 180 and heading on such a fiscally irresponsible course, the government would have been in a strong fiscal position to address the recession properly. It was more than a bit like a person falling on hard times only to discover that his fiscally irresponsible brother had maxed out all the credit cards. As Ryan's round-two pseudo-budget once again demonstrates the GOP's total and complete fiscal irresponsibiilty knows no limits.

    April 8, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Pete

    @Thinkagain,we definitly don't need Hoover type republicans sinking our country,most of these political candidates fall into this category,a sorry fact.You hypocritical sheep fail to remember we've already rode with your kind twice and both times we ended up in the ditch.So quit your nonsense and act like Americans,not the hypocritical McCONNELL type,and help this country go forward .If your the treasonist goon your follow republicans are in the senate and house,stand out of the way and let TRUE AMERICANS take charge and fix this great country,we deserve it....

    April 8, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. w l jones

    Well... well the Republican can not say the economy is such a bad way nobody going around beging for food which mean the Democratic is durning something right. By the way Mrs Clinton and her VP Ms. Shultz looking good for 2O16. now take that to the bank/ Bless.

    April 8, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Tony

    Gingrich said that he has a new mission: to make sure Mitt Romney runs as a conservative in the general election rather than tacking back to the center.

    Well, now that Gingrich can't win the Republican nomination, he wants the Republican Party to lose badly. Romney already has a problem winning the conservatives, now he will lose the moderates and independents too.

    April 8, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Alina1

    Local Governors and as we know 2010 brought us many Republicans to rule the city's, instead of raising taxes they laying off people (for them it means cut spending), they look good (as tax protectors, and at the same time they bringing down Obama (together with us).
    It makes sense what this woman talking about.

    April 8, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    The gas prices went up – Republicans rejoiced! What the heck? They've done everything they can to keep the economy from growing in Congress in the hopes that we are too stupid to notice and will vote them in, because we're yo-yo voters, don't you know. Just how much further along would be economically wthout these games? And how much can you love your country when you'll destroy it financially in order to win the next round of elections? This is disgusting. They are disgusting. And they think we're idiots, which is the most disgusting of all.

    April 8, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. keeth

    Of course they want a bad economy to make Obama look bad.
    Party before country! Save the rich! Vote GOP in 2012!

    April 8, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Mike

    After the past 3 years this is a "big accusation"? I thought it was common knowledge.

    April 8, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. rla

    Why root for a bad economy when we have Obama to create one all by his lonesome?

    April 8, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. CaliforniaBC

    Well... Yes they are hoping for a bad economy because it gives them more ammo to criticize Obama. They know full well that a poor economy will put them back in power. AND that right there SHOWS where their priorities lie.... in regaining POWER and NOT in caring for what happens to the middle and poor classes who have to suffer for the GOP to gain power.

    If nothing else, this should make all those who are NOT rich reexamine WHY they voter Republican.

    April 8, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Jeff

    I agree with her. But you don't have to be a member of congress or a political scientist to see that the Republicans have hindered the rebound on the economy with the hopes of being able to say "I told you so" come this November. It goes beyond ideological differences. If Obama said tomorrow "lets give the millionaires a big tax cut," Republicans would be "outraged." Obama zigs, Republicans zag. Just look at the "penalty" for people who don't purchase insurance. That was originally a Republican proposal about 6 years ago, but now that Obama adopted it, it's all of a sudden unconstitutional to Republicans...an affront to liberty, etc. Republicans are trying to push one thing and one thing only...the agenda of the uber-rich at the expense of the middle-class. Republicans in Congress are unpatriotic and the average Republican voter is a fool if they go along with them.

    April 8, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Hawk in Texas

    Why is it that according to the republicans it is allways someone elses fault. even under the 8 years of bush spending like a drunk sailor it was clintons fault. they can allways find fault with any thing or any one but where the fault lies. WITH THE TEA PARTY AND FAR RIGHT WING REPUBLICANS. THAT IS WHERE THE TROUBLE WITH AMERICA LIES.

    April 8, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Annie, Atlanta

    No taxes until 1912? Honestly, you want to go back to the age of robber barons? Back to an age where money was the name of the game, lining the pockets of the already rich, and employee safety and liveable wages didn't exist for the majority of us poor slobs. Where the haves had it all, and the rest of us scrambled for crumbs? The conservative policies that our elected officials have bought into over the last three decades have nearly succeeded in doing just that. They're working for our new age robber barons, and they've nearly succeeded in picking our bones clean. Now that they have China and India to buy their products, they don't need us anymore. And at least half of us haven't figured that out yet. They still think they can be rich too someday if they keep putting Republicans in office. Go for it.

    April 8, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Brian Dodge

    Taxes are the lowest they've been in 80 years. The wealthiest 1% have increased their share of income from 7% to 12% of all income. They pay an average of less than 15% tax rate. If low taxes trickled down to create jobs like Republicans claim, unemployment would be at an all time low. The only source of trickle down jobs is Obama's stimulus package, paid for by deficit spending – a tax on the middle class – since the rich are paying, and hiring less

    April 8, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Denker

    I remember the cheers of people when the personally supported (by President Obama) bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Chicago failed. That right there showed me that these people are not Americans but Republicans.

    April 8, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Hawk in Texas

    To johnqpublic. the republicans in the house and senate have blocked or filibustered every bill that the president or democrats have brought up. did you know that one republican out of a hundred people can stop or put a hold on legislation. there fore stopping any thing from getting done.

    April 8, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. yuhmad

    DNC Chairman-–Again the Republicans does does not want the economy to do well especially as President Obama, black man, in office. The Republicans want to see that the economy turn around under their watch to claim victory that President Obama, a black man, failed policies prevented the economy from growing as simple as it gets.

    April 8, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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