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. cigarman

    I don`t think that anyone was rooting for a bad economy when Bush was in. Bush delivered a bad economy all by himself. Stockmarket at 6500. One war that was unfunded and not needed. Another War unfunded and not fought correctly, we are still in that one and there are still buildings standeng in Afghanistan. Deep tax cuts for the very wealthy. Unfunded healthcare bill. Seven hundred fifty thousand job losses per month. All of this and more delivered to you under the Republicans, and they think that they have a shot at Obama in 2012, I think that they are crazy.

    April 8, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. NotFooledByDistractions

    Ms. Wasserman Schultz is correct – it's obvious that the republicans have been doing everything in their power to stall our recovery. To hear it plainly spoken that the gop is rooting for bad economic news is no surprise, just a statement of the obvious.

    April 8, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. yuhmad

    Republicans are obstructionist that they just want the wealthy, BIG oil companies to grow and the poor and the middle classes will all be in the garbage.

    April 8, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Rsprings

    More Democrat rhetoric. What did you expect her to say..The Republicans are better than the Democrats. However, think about it. Obama and the Dems have the US on the brink of a financial disaster. They could double the taxes paid by everyone and still not make a dent in the debt they have run up. The Republicans don't make up the numbers. No matter how you argue how we got here...Obama and his crew have not met the challenge. Things are still not where they should be. You can debate that the Stock Market has recovered...Ok history says it was going to do so despite the efforts of any President... that's what it does. You can argue jobs have been created...certainly not enough. The stimulus was largely a misfire to few jobs for WAY to much money. The Dems need to look in the mirror

    April 8, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. John Smith

    It's not an accusation; it's a fact.

    April 8, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Lisa

    Just what we need more polarization. When will the political mouthpieces understand they are a large part of the problem. We Americans have far more in common then either party would have us think.

    April 8, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    this is not new and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the GOP mantra. BLAME Obama for anything that may go wrong or not seem positive, but give him NO credit when things are going positive. Mitt Romney all but said when the economy added over 200,000 jobs in Feb that it was not due to anything Obama had done, yet in March with far less numbers it's all his fault. That's sad but that is basically all the Republicans have. You can bet in private they are praying gas prices stay high or go even higher.

    April 8, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. What you talkin bout Republicans?

    "Grow a pair and admit that your party is more concerned with regaining power than helping our country"

    – ThinkAgain


    April 8, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Joshua Ludd

    @Alan Was she? Must we assume that everyone is that completely partisan? Did the democrats refuse to pass legislation that they themselves had originated? Did they list getting Bush out of office as their number one goal? Did they set a new record for filibusters? Did they campaign on jobs jobs jobs and then present bills on abortion abortion abortion without any jobs bills?

    April 8, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. gopelosi

    1. Read the report.

    2. Get nervous.

    3. Brain goes into critical thinking mode.

    4. The words 'fabricated' and 'media bias' pop into brain.

    5. Brain releases endorphins to signal having done well.

    Science can explain everything! Even Republicans.

    April 8, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. What you talkin bout Republicans?

    " You can't continue to blame Bush for the inability of Obama with his majority of 1/2 his Presidency to address economic goals."
    – johnqpublic.

    Very fair point. However, you it seems that blame can go around to all parties... and it certainly can start with the $1.5 Trillion dollar Iraqi War that we had waged for the purpose of finding WMD's... and it can progress from there. I don't think that we should continue to blame Bush, or blame Republicans, but that doesn't mean that they ESCAPE blame either.

    April 8, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. amf140

    Instead of saying how obstructionist the Republicans have been during BHO's first term – how about we imagine what it would be like if there was no Republican resistance or Fox News exposure to the far left wants and desires of this President. I rather say that the Tea Party has awakened the Conservative majority in this country, FOX News has exposed the progressive underbelly of the Democratic Party and the Reublicans have stood their patriotic ground in resisting the radical policies of this Administratyion. Bravo to all three. Keep it going thru November.

    April 8, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Marry

    When looking at the GOP for already a long time now – their behavior, their shameful openly stated refusal to work for 99 % of the people, their distortions, their dishonesty, their incitement of division among so many people, their criticizing everything the President does nationally and internationally without anything based on facts or better alternatives, they make one sick to ones stomach!
    Even worse are the people that are not willing to look at facts; do their own thinking and that support this horrible bunch that one’s was the Grand Old Party. Absolutely disgusting!!!

    April 8, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. JohnnyKay

    I commend Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for honestly speaking the truth. A few naysayers aside, the majority of the country believes it.

    Come November, there won't be any doubt.

    April 8, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. CBR

    The arguments about the economy never cease. When the economy improves, it is never enough and the President should be doing more.. When the economy falters then the President is to blame.

    Please tell us what Mitt Romney did the last three years to improve the economy. Employing his sons or running for President do not count. The same question could be asked of the other candidates including those in office. If you are not working to make improvements then you have no right to comment.

    This would include the CEO's of companies who are making 7 figure salaries but not working to expand their companies or number of employees. Nor are they helping folks to get trained to do the jobs that are available.

    As long as we are all complaining and not focusing on the real problems, everyone will just bide time. So let's put some pressure on those politicians and corporations to move forward once again.

    April 8, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    All we really need to now is what Mitch McConnell told us after President Obama was sworn in, that being that the Republicans' #1 goal was to make sure the President served only one term. Everything they have done from that point on has been to make sure the President fails, lose the trust of the American people, and lose his second election. How that isn't treason, or at the very least sedition, is beyond my comprehension.

    April 8, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Just a leap

    Let the economy crash again, again,again, it will prove to me what i already know that republicans sat on their hands so they can blame the president without lifting one finger to help the average American citizen out. Republicans have no plans other than to continue reaping the benefits of a game Jerry rigged by the rich in order to exploit the average American and destroy the environment in the process. They don't care about anything else but wealth, wealth, wealth. The funny thing for me is it don't matter who runs the country..either way I will still make tons of money..I just laugh at the fox news types and those that believe in those idiots who are nothing more than the mouth pieces of the wealthy..suckers

    April 8, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Drew

    Senator Wasserman-Schultz is absolutely correct with her assessment. Wasn't it Rush Limbaugh, among others, who said after Obama was elected that they wanted to see him fail? And that was in the midst of the worst economic crisis in this country in over 70 years! He wanted to see our president FAIL in his efforts to restore our economy. That is among the most disgusting and truly despicable things I have ever heard. It would be akin to Americans saying they wanted FDR to fail during WWII. While one may disagree with a president's policies, to wish failure upon a president in the midst of a true crisis is an affront to Americans everywhere.

    April 8, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. Little Jimmy Truth

    That's Occupy Wall Street as Obama's favorite group. OWS destroyed America's economy than Tea Party. Obama already became second King George.

    April 8, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. davia55

    Nobody roots for a bad economy. This hasn't happened overnight. Obama has not made an improvement. I think he wanted to be the first for everything, and in the end it was a bust. The first black pres. the first to put free health care (hasn't happened), the first to see everything go BUST. I think obama says he came to power with a bad economy, but it has been four years now, he has to stop blaming past presidents.

    April 8, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Irma in North Carolina

    I sure hope when it comes election time, that the american people will see the light and not vote for Mitt. And that the republicans get voted out of congress and the senate. Old Mitt is always bragging about his wealth. I would love to see him have to live outof one of his cars.

    April 8, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Logic N LA

    Alan- no, she was not. Bush got many of his proposals through during the Democrats control of the House. Obam has yet to receive support for anything from Republicans in either chamber.
    Petemg- there is no need to bring race into a discussion of economics and voting -ever.
    Several Republicnas have said they would do anything to assure Obama was a one term President and that was in 2009. What does that say about their concern for country over politics?

    April 8, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Jim C.

    The lying democrats will say anything no matter how ludicrous or wildly fabricated to gain an advantage.What pathetic
    people are involved in the democrats party.Absolutely shameful.

    April 8, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. billy davis

    She's simply stating the truth the GOP since November 2004 has hoped this POTUS fails by extension hoping for America to fail....

    April 8, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. gthog61

    I wonder if deb wants to get into democrats rooting against the US in the Iraq War.

    April 8, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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