Schumer: Democrats Have Turned the Corner

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 12:19 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Democrats have turned the corner after the botched Obamacare rollout, allowing them to focus on the fall midterm elections, Sen. Charles Schumer said.

"I think you're going to find the last few weeks are sort of a turning point, a bit of a game changer. And, things are going to start looking better for us," the New York Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday.

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The announcement by President Barack Obama that the administration had reached its goal of 7 million enrollees in Obamacare "undoes the mistakes of the initial rollout," Schumer said.

The problems with Obamacare are "still going to be used against" Democrats, Schumer said, but added the potency of the issue was "fading."

Schumer said the Democrats' fair shot agenda contrasts with the budget proposal of Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan that "slashes things like infrastructure, college loans to students" in order to "lower the top tax rate to 25 percent."

Many in the middle class "feel the system is rigged against them," Schumer said.

Democrats will promote issues including equal pay for women, minimum wage increases, assistance to pay for college, enticing overseas jobs to return to the U.S., and childcare assistance, he said.

"The main strategy we have to have is who's going to help the middle class get out of this morass?" he asked.

Schumer predicted an extension of unemployment benefits would pass the Senate Monday. On immigration, he said there remained "a good chance of passing it this year."

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