Wasserman Schultz: Obama Could Beat Republican Field

Sunday, 13 Nov 2011 03:17 PM

By Amy Woods

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President Barack Obama would defeat any of the candidates in the Republican field right now because voters understand the administration is fighting for the average, middle-class American, says National Democratic Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Republicans “continue to focus on making sure that millionaires and billionaires continue to have it good, and President Obama has focused on trying to make sure that the middle class gets 17 different tax cuts for small business owners," the Florida Republican said today on NBC’s "Meet the Press." "We are focused under his leadership on getting things turned around."

Debt has increased under Obama, but "in a way, that has made sure that the economy can start to turn around," she said.

Regarding the supercommittee’s attempts to cut trillions from the budget by Thanksgiving, Wasserman Schultz said, "We do have a long way to go. This is a congressional committee. We need Republicans to step up to the plate and agree to come to a compromise and not engage in the my-way-or-the-highway politics that they’ve consistently engaged in."

Although debt has risen during the Obama administration, there have been 20 straight months of private-sector growth, she told host David Gregory.

"He stopped the decline," she said. "So, while yes, we have increased our debt, we have done so in a way that has made sure that the economy can start to turn around. So we’ve made progress."

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