November 7th, 2012
08:54 AM ET

DNC Chair says grassroots movement worked; predicts Florida, talks Tea Party losses

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz discusses President Obama’s re-election, Florida prediction, Tea Party losses and Democrats’ grassroots campaign with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and the Starting Point panel.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz says, “David slew Goliath when it comes to money. Our average contribution was about $50. The door-to-door, neighbor-to-neighbor campaign beat billionaires trying to buy the White House. We had volunteers knocking on doors [until] their knuckles bled. And phones surgically attached to volunteers’ ears.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9a ET on CNN.

October 25th, 2012
08:18 AM ET

DNC Chair on Moran, Mourdock and North Carolina polls

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) weighs in on a video showing Patrick Moran detailing voter fraud, controversial rape comments from Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock and polls showing Mitt Romney taking a lead in North Carolina.

Wasserman Schultz says that Moran’s comments are ‘indefensible’ and goes on to point out the ‘deep-seated, wide’ voter fraud by the Republicans.

On Mourdock’s rape comments, Wasserman Schultz says, “I think it impacts the race because it’s another example of how deeply imbedded the extremism is when it comes to women’s health in the Republican party, whether it’s Todd Akin’s comments about legitimate rape or Richard Mourdock’s comments that a pregnancy resulting from rape is a gift from God. Mitt Romney, the only candidate that he's cut a spot for and has an ad running, is Richard Mourdock. He’s only had his spokesperson say he doesn’t agree with his views. Even John McCain has pulled his endorsement of Richard Mourdock and says that he won’t return the endorsement, unless Richard Mourdock apologizes. Mitt Romney hasn’t asked Moudock to apologize. He hasn’t pulled his ad or his endorsement. And that’s because Mitt Romney has said things like he’d be delighted to sign a total ban on abortion. So women should be very concerned about whether or not Mitt Romney would be supportive of their health.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

September 6th, 2012
10:39 AM ET

David Frum to DNC Chair: 'Pres. Obama does not feel strongly about Jerusalem'

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) joins Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien to discuss the party platform change on Israel, saying it was a “technical omission.”

O’Brien says, “But It seems like an important issue to have a mess up on. Right, I mean of all the issues, of all of the things that you could have a mistake on, this particular one seems like a really big one to be like ‘Oh, technical issue.’ That’s why I think people are a little cynical about that.”

Rep. Wasserman Schultz explains, “When President Obama realized that an important issue like Jerusalem, which he believes is and should remain the capital of Israel, when he realized that that omission was there, unlike Mitt Romney, who says that he opposes his party’s platform on human life, and that he wants an exception for rape, incest and the life of the mother, never insisted, never did anything about it, didn’t even try to change it, President Obama, when he realized there was this omission, said this platform should reflect my personal view and now it does."

CNN Contributor David Frum says, “The reason what you’re saying is so non-credible is because we all know that President Obama does not feel strongly about Jerusalem. He walked back his APAC speech in 2008. In his Middle - big Middle East final status speech. He made a commitment on borders. He did not make a commitment on Jerusalem. We all know he doesn’t feel stronger about it, that’s why this is explosive.

“I strongly - strongly object and disagree with you,” Wasserman Schultz says. “President Obama as Defense Minister Ehud Barak has said has been a strong friend of Israel.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

August 13th, 2012
09:50 AM ET

DNC Chair: Ryan plan will force seniors to choose between medicine, meals

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that Paul Ryan selection for the GOP ticket will spell disaster for the middle class, seniors.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz says, “Well, what makes severely conservative extreme Republicans delighted makes seniors here in my home state of Florida really gravely concerned and rightfully so as well as the middle class, because Mitt Romney's full embrace of the Ryan budget by actually nominating and selecting its author and architect to be his running mate really spells disaster for the middle class, spells disaster for seniors, because Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan both want to end Medicare as we know it. They both want to shred the safety net that is the Medicare healthcare safety net for seniors that's been in place for more than 50 years that would add more than $6,000 in premiums under Paul Ryan's proposal that Mitt Romney has embraced to seniors premiums in Medicare and that would really force us back to the days for senior that would - that had them choosing between medicine and meals and had them choosing between healthcare and paying their rent and literally surviving. It's unacceptable. It's devastating and it’s another clear picture where Mitt Romney stands.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

June 22nd, 2012
09:44 AM ET

DNC Chair: the most 'do nothing' Congress on job creation; Romney 'has the most extreme policy on immigration'

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC chair, talks economy, immigration on Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz says, “[Mitt Romney] has the most extreme policy on immigration of any presidential candidate in recent memory. He has embraced the Arizona style immigration laws and has those leaders who wrote those laws as his campaign advisers on immigration. So we should believe him when he says that he would veto the DREAM Act, we should believe him.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET.

May 25th, 2012
10:20 AM ET

DNC Chair says Bain Capital is fair game; talks auto bailout, immigration

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) talks Mitt Romney’s role at Bain Capital, President Obama’s record with the auto industry bailout and immigration policy.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz says, “There are literally thousands of workers who [Mitt Romney] laid off. Companies that [Bain Capital] deliberately forced into bankruptcy. Creditors who were left with cents on the dollar. And Mitt Romney and his partners made hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am on CNN.

April 24th, 2012
09:49 AM ET

DNC chair addresses Congress productivity; responds to Boehner's comment on the chance of retaining the House

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) joins Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien to discuss the chance of Democrats overtaking the House this year, tax cuts and Congress productivity.

When CNN Contributor Will Cain asks why Congress is waiting until after November to get work done, Wasserman Schultz says, “But Speaker Boehner is the leader of Congress and controls the agenda with Eric Cantor.”

Schultz adds, “I'm a member of Congress in the minority unfortunately, which I plan to help change in November, but the people who control the agenda right now in the House of Representatives are the Republicans. Ask them why they haven't brought a single jobs bill to the floor since they took over the majority. Ask them why they are getting ready to allow the student loan interest rates to double.”

When Cain asks her if she would extend the Bush tax cuts, Schultz responds, “No, I would be opposed to that.”

Cain says, “So you would be obstructing that.”

Schultz answers, “The Bush tax cuts add $700 billion to the deficit. Why would we extend them? We need to continue the focus on President Obama’s agenda, giving tax breaks to the middle class. The 18 different tax breaks he's given to small businesses.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.