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. billy davis

    The GOP " We hate America"

    April 8, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. James

    As I watch the American political hyper-partisanship from the relative calm of my country, Canada, I continue to be amazed at the lack of common sense and pragmatism by those elected to guide the country to a fairer and better future for all the citizens. The next election campaign starts the next day after the inauguration of a new president and the whole goal by the opposition seems to be aimed at the defeat of the incumbent in the next general election. Why can't you follow our lead and limit election campaigning to just 6 weeks and get on with doing everything possible to help move the country forward the rest of the time. And stop being so ego-centric and deluding yourselves into believing that you are the best country in the world.

    April 8, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Stephen in VA

    I can't believe, given the number of filibusters and overall delay tactics, that anybody could actually be on here arguing the point. "Oh, but, um, I bet you wanted a bad economy under Bush!" No, I didn't. No sane person wants a bad economy. Which is why I hope we vote all the crazies out this November.

    April 8, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. cgsailor

    If Ms Wasserman Schultz and her cohorts are so adept at steering this "recovery", why can't they pass the one thing that would prove it's not a mirage...a budget. The President is O-fer...staggering, can't even get one person from his own party to vote for OR propose an alternative budget. Incompetence, thy name is DNC. BTW, the opposition isn't much better, but they are better.

    April 8, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. PTBarnumboy

    This is old news. The GOP has done everything in it's power to keep the economy from improvement and downplay anything that would appear a success for the current president. The senate majority leader has made it his number one goal from day one.

    April 8, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. normajean @ verizon ,com

    We know that what Ms. Schultz is saying is true because we have been hearing this ever since Obama became president from the Repubs themselves!!!!! They have worked hard at their plan to make him a "one term president" by obstructing every move that the Democratic party has made.... Considering that we only have one party working for our people, we have made enough progress to avoid another complete depression. We are still hurting and have a lot of work to do but as things stand now it looks as though it will be the Democrats who will ultimately pull us back up to a working nation!!!.....Some of you writers need to do a little more reading and a little less talking!!!!!!!!!!! CAN ANY OF YOU TELL US ONE BILL THAT THE REPUBS HAVE BROUGHT FORTH THAT REALLY BENEFITED ALL OF OUR PEOPLE????

    April 8, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. mj

    Wasserman and Obama are equally arrogant and smug. Rapidly change stations whenever her sorry face appears. She never stops talking and responds to questions that have nothing to do with what is asked. Reminds me of a puppet that is programmed and controlled.

    April 8, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. John N Florida

    From 2008 to 2010 the Republican caucuses coalesced around a common purpose; "We ain't givin' the N!663R NOTHIN' !"
    Since 2006, the number of cloture motions filed has exploded, from 68 just four years ago to at least 132 motions in the 111th Congress, according to Senate statistics.
    You can bet that IF the Democrats lose the Senate in 2012, that level of Filibusters will be a fond memory by 2014.

    April 8, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. John N Florida

    Alan; when Bush was in office, the Republicans controlled BOTH houses of Congress for the first 6 years. During that time, the Republicans pushed through 3 tax cuts, one unpaid mandate, and put the costs of 2 wars on the Public Credit Card.
    Ms. Schultz didn't HAVE to look for a bad economy. It was staring us in the face. From Surplus to $10 trillion in debt in 8 years. That's a RECORD.

    April 8, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    The GOP/Tea Party is rooting to lower taxes for the rich and reduce benefits for seniors, unemployed, sick and poor.

    April 8, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Gordon Monsen

    It doesn't matter whether anyone is "rooting" for a dismal economy. Rooting implies one hopes it will happen. We have a bad - no terrible and worsening - economy now and have had one for the past several years. Wasserman's mind is devoid of facts or objectivity, but filled only with talking points.

    April 8, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    @ThinkAgain. Obstructionism only got worse with the Tea Party, it didn't begin with them. Remember the filibuster has been used more in the past 4 years by Republicans than in total since the founding of the country. No president has ever had to deal with anything near the kind of opposition Obama has. No one can deny that.

    April 8, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Howard

    It's bad enough that Obama and his stooges NEVER take responsibility for anything, while blaming everything they do on others, but not they have the gal to come up with a ridiculous accusation like this one. They have no shame.

    April 8, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Greg

    Actually, Debbie, we don"t have to root for it. You guys are doing a pretty good job by yourselves. I thought is was Bush's economy anyway? When did you switch arguments?

    April 8, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Denverdriver

    Wasserman is right. Obstructionist Mitch McConnell stated at the start of Obama's term that the Republicans' ONE goal in Congress would be to do anything that would keep Obama from having a second term as president. And they have continued to pursue that goal.

    April 8, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Snooze70

    Alan: No she was not, and neither were most Democrats.

    April 8, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. gt

    debbie is nuts.... america has went thru hell the last 3 yrs and no side wishes that on its own people no matter if your far right or left...no wonder the democrats lost the house ... get rid of this pathedic leader and find someone who get the house back...debbie and nancy are the pits...

    April 8, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. hamsta

    A guilty conscience is usuall behind the finger that makes false accusations.for example the dumbocrats labeled the tea party as terrorist extremist criminals among other things.the tea party didnt trespass or interfere with hard working americans jobs.the tea party didnt disturb the peace with noise pollution or need the riot police to disperse them.the tea party didnt vandalize or commit arson.the tea party didnt have drug overdoses or rob anyone.the occupy movement is guilty of all of that.hence we have obama who wants to fundamentally transform america.judging by the company he keeps and his failed policies not to mention his support of the occupy movement he wants to transform america into bankrupt socialist greece or nonexistant communist soviet union.

    April 8, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. RichS

    Deviate, deflect, and divert! The facts remain that Obama can't run on his record! You liberals are all the same, blind to the point of being almost religious in your zeal! Wake up and smell the inflation, the debt the unemployment and the sound of people begging for the country that we had. NOT the Marsist state you want it to be.

    April 8, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Gizmo

    Republicants are such idiots! All they care about is themselves , nothing more! i cant beleave people out there wanna vote back in the same bums that got us into this mess in the first place. it amazes me how people easly forget! ignorance in this county is why America is the laughing stock of the world.

    April 8, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. John M

    I seem to remember the Dems rooting for failure in Iraq as a way to win elections....

    April 8, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It has to hurt worthless republicans when they are found out that their main mission is to destroy our country and blame the president. While the republicans have taken a page from the Taliban playbook, the GOP has done more damage to our country than any terrorist ever could.

    April 8, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans only have a record of economic failure, big spending, divisiveness, class warfare, bigotry, and hatred. Not much to run on.

    April 8, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. leukevent

    Not an accusation but fact,
    So many of you taking digs at Obama are clearly FOS. The Republicans and the Tea Party are trying to sell the American public on the idea that we should already be out of this mess-all the while playing obstructionist politics and doing a good job at it too, based on so much of the vacuous drivel I've read on this board.

    The entire world experienced an economic crises beginning in 2008 and continues in recession for the most part and I bet you would say that's Obamas fault too!

    Of course none of you care to know that as long as 10 years after the beginning of The Great Depression US unemployment was as high as 14% until WWII started and industrial demand kicked in!
    I propose that no one elected to the office of President could fair as well or have so great an impact!
    And, as with the Great Depression, there is still a long tough road ahead and the President has repeatedly said as much!

    His detractors, particularly those who vote in the House and Senate would do better to help govern, as opposed to impeding him--While the middle-class is squeezed, the poor grow poorer and the wealthy sit back on their heels, lining their pockets and protecting their ass-ets!

    April 8, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Steve in S.F.

    Debbie needs to wake up. Obama has driven the economy into the ground and of course he'll blame someone else for his lack of leadership. Today there are more people on food stamps than ever before. $5 trillion in debt. Obama care is a disaster and he's lecturing the Supreme Court. He has a record of failure to run on, but he'll blame someone else. I voted for him in 2008, but he won't get my vote this time.

    April 8, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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