I have been to many debates and spent my share of time in the after debate Spin Room. I have never seen a Chair for the other party in the Spin Room of the opposing party’s debate. Who invited DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to begin with? Seems to me that is a bit out of what is considered appropriate. I do know that CNN handled the credentialing for this debate.
The woman working to ensure President Obama’s re-election entered the political equivalent of the lion’s den – and pounced on a debate moment to blast the Republican presidential candidates late Monday.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz stood in the “spin room” at the Florida State Fair Grounds in Tampa following the Republican Tea Party Debate broadcast by CNN and countered the Republican candidates’ slams of President Obama with some aimed back at them.
Wasserman Schultz painted the GOP candidates as disciples of an extreme political movement. Saying the eight assembled candidates “worship at the altar of the tea party,” Wasserman Schultz used an incident from the debate to underscore her point.
At one point, debate moderator and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer asked Texas Rep. Ron Paul what should happen to an employed young man who chose not to buy health insurance and then suffered a terrible accident.
“Who’s going to pay if he goes into a coma, for example? Who pays for that?” Blitzer asked Paul.
Part of Paul’s response: “What he should do is whatever he wants to do, and assume responsibility for himself,” adding, “That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risks.”
Following the CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential debate tonight, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“At a time when we need our country to come together to find real solutions that will create jobs and put our economy back on track, what we saw tonight was a GOP field once again pledging allegiance to the Tea Party and the extreme policies of Congressional Republicans. We didn’t hear the Republican candidates propose a single idea to help middle-class families or give them economic security tonight – just more support for the extreme Tea Party economic philosophy.
“With Rick Perry and Mitt Romney at the head of the pack, all of the Republican candidates continue to demonstrate their loyalty to the Tea Party’s extreme ideology—one that advocates tax cuts for corporations, special interests and our nation’s wealthiest individuals while asking America’s struggling middle class to pick up the tab. The Republican candidates reiterated they would repeal protections put in place to avoid a repeat of the financial crisis—and they would allow Wall Street to write its own rules again.
“We saw tonight a Republican field from Rick Perry and Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain who would devastate Social Security through privatization or don’t believe the program should exist in the first place.
“At the end of the day, all of the Republican candidates who participated in tonight’s debate support policies that would dismantle Social Security, end Medicare as we know it, and do it all on the backs of everyday Americans who need these programs to make ends meet. Rather than slashing benefits that millions of Americans earned through their own hard work, we need to come together as a country to create more jobs and strengthen our economy. We can start by passing the American Jobs Act, which incorporates sound policies supported by both Democrats and Republicans and makes targeted investments in our nation’s infrastructure, creating jobs and boosting our economic recovery. I invite my friends on both sides of the aisle to work with our President on achieving this goal and moving our country forward.”