Wasserman-Schultz: Midterm Election 'Absolutely Not' A Referendum on Obama

By Susan Jones | April 21, 2014 | 5:43am EDT

Democrat Party Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - "No, absolutely not," the November midterm election is not a referendum on President Obama and his policies, Democrat Party Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

"[T]hese elections, particularly the Senate elections, are referendums on the candidates running," she said.

Asked about vulnerable Democrats who have criticized President Obama's flawed healthcare law, Wasserman Schultz said they are running their own race.

"They have to talk about and focus on the issues that are important to their constituents. And what's also true is, if you look at the success rate and the track record of these incumbent members -- Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich -- they are all ahead of any of their Republican opponents.

"And these Republicans are mired in a civil war where the tea party has won, and they are consistently nominating the most extremist candidates. And we're on offense in states as well, so you've got Georgia and Kentucky and even Mississippi where we have a very good chance to pick up both seats. So this election is going to be quite competitive all the way to the end, but we have to turn our voters out. That's the bottom line."

Asked if Democrats are "excited" enough about Obamacare to get out and vote in November, Wasserman Schultz said voter turnout is critical in every election:

"And I would and will match up our ground game and our turnout operation -- which ran circles around the Republicans in 2012 and in 2008 -- any day of the week. We have senators across their country, House members.

"There's 14 open seats in the House, 11 of which Democrats have an advantage, only three of which you would say the -- lean more to the GOP in terms of advantage. You have the Republican Party, who was strangled by the tea party. They are weighed down by Republicans primaries in which the tea party candidates are the likely winners.
"And we have countless elections now that Democrats have won because the Republicans have nominated extremists that they're voters reject, and that's the advantage we will have going into this election."

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