WASHINGTON, D.C. — DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in celebration of Thanksgiving Day tomorrow:

“On behalf of our Democratic family, I wish Americans everywhere a wonderful Thanksgiving. For millions of families and friends celebrating tomorrow, it is a day of rest and celebration of family, while for countless others in our diplomatic corps and members of the military it is a day to work abroad in the defense, protection, and promotion of our nation, our values, and ideals.

“Here at the Democratic Party, we are thankful for President Obama’s strong leadership which brought us back from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, giving us much to appreciate after so many families lost jobs, homes, and a sense of confidence just a few short years ago.

“Still, this Thanksgiving, we know there is much to do, and that we need to keep America moving forward.  This holiday weekend, Democrats will be thinking of the many people here at home and around the world, working hard for themselves and their families but struggling with violence, poverty or illness. 

“On a day in which we celebrate a remarkable voyage by pilgrims seeking religious freedom and the helping hand they found on our shores, I can’t help but be reminded that we’re a better people and a better nation when we come together and strive to lift others up. That’s what the Democratic Party stands for – creating more opportunity for people – and we are inspired to work toward this goal each and every day, especially at the holidays.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on last night’s shooting in Minneapolis:

“The shooting last night of protesters in Minneapolis at an ongoing demonstration for Jamar Clark is both horrific and tragic.  While thankfully none of the injuries to protesters are life-threatening, this is another reminder that racism remains ever-present in communities across our country, and that minority communities feel threatened physically and by the structural obstacles that a legacy of slavery and racism have left behind. Protesters have a right to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances. And our nation’s leaders have an obligation to protect that right.

“When presidential candidates criticize the concerns and legitimate grievances of the African American community, when they condone dismissiveness, or as one Republican presidential candidate said this weekend, that an anti-racism protestor maybe ‘should have been roughed up,’ they contribute to hostility.  There is no place for violence in our public discourse and certainly no place for irresponsible leadership in presidential campaigns more worried about playing to the ugliest elements of their party’s base than about doing what’s right. Every Republican presidential candidate ought to speak out against violence against protesters if they’re serious about wanting to lead America.”

Donald Trump on anti-racism protestor beaten by his supporters: “maybe he should have been roughed up.

Ted Cruz on anti-racism activists: “disgraceful

Ben Carson on the movement for Black lives: “sickening to me.

Marco Rubio claimed that concerns over police violence  were “dangerous.”

Jeb Bush on Black Lives Matter: “It’s a slogan, I guess.

Chris Christie on the movement for Black lives: “I don’t believe that movement should be justified.

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement following John Bel Edwards’ victory in Louisiana:

“John Bel Edwards' commitment to expanding quality health care to hundreds of thousands of Louisianans, making higher education more affordable and accessible for students all across the state and restoring integrity to the Governor’s Mansion is a message that Democrats all across the country can run on and win with in 2016.

“Thanks to significant cooperation with the DGA, including DNC investments on the communications, research, and digital front, we were able to help Louisiana move past the failed policies of Bobby Jindal and into a more prosperous future for Louisianans. John Bel Edwards’ victory shows that Louisiana has turned the page on David Vitter’s scandals and eight years of Bobby Jindal’s failed economic policies. John Bel Edwards has a distinguished record of service and I know he will always put Louisiana first.”

WASHINGTON— DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today on Transgender Day of Remembrance:

“Today on the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance it is important for all Americans to remember the Trans lives we have lost to violence over the last year. We sadly have too many to remember, and tragically the number of Trans women murdered thus far is already greater than all of last year. 

“Tamara Dominguez. Elisha Walker. Amber Monroe. Just three of the scores of lives taken from their families and friends much too soon.

“Disproportionately women of color, these individuals simply wanted to live their lives like all of us, true to themselves with the fundamental right to work, live happily, and contribute to society.  Their deaths must be remembered, and their lives must be honored.

“The recent campaign against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance that capitalized on misunderstanding of Trans people is a watershed learning moment as we continue to work towards basic protections, such as the Equality Act in Congress. Democrats overwhelmingly support the Equality Act, but there is so much work that must be done to combat transgender violence, discrimination, and misunderstanding nationwide. Democrats are committed to the legislative and community solutions necessary to protect and uplift the Trans community.”

WASHINGTON – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump indicated he is open to putting Muslim Americans in databases and issuing specific identifications based on religion:

"Every American is united in wanting to keep our homeland secure and our families safe.

"Donald Trump’s openness to special identifications and a database for Muslim-Americans is beyond shameful, embodies the exclusionary culture of today’s Republican Party, and is a dangerous mindset our Greatest Generation fought and died to defeat seven decades ago.  Mr. Trump should be ashamed for proposing that America could be a place where masses of humans are gathered and classified by their religion. We cannot let our political process be driven by fear. 

"RNC Chairman Reince Priebus should retract his claim that Trump is a “net positive for everybody.” Mr. Priebus should also hold the rest of his candidates accountable, including both Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz who have called for a religious test for refugees from the Syrian civil war, and Ben Carson who said that a Muslim-American should not be allowed to become president.

“This language is not just offensive – it’s un-American, counter-productive and dangerous. Statements like these damage American credibility around the world, and act as recruiting tools for terror organizations who push the narrative that Islam is engaged in a religious war with the West. They also marginalize the millions of peaceful Muslim-Americans and our Muslim allies in the Middle East who are on the front lines of combating terrorism and who are among the most commonly targeted by terrorists abroad.

"To target Americans based on their religious beliefs is not worthy of the Party of Lincoln, and not worthy of who we are as a people. Americans deserve better than a presidential nominating contest dominated by appeals to racial intolerance and calls for legalized discrimination.”

WASHINGTON – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), a former vice chair of the DNC who lived in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, released the following joint statement today in response to comments made by Mayor David Bowers of Roanoke, VA:

“Mayor Bowers' comments about Japanese internment do not represent the values of the Democratic Party, and his rhetoric has no place in our party. The cruel and baseless Japanese internment policies enacted during World War II are an ugly stain on our democracy, and should not be used to justify future exclusionary policies. Mayor Bowers should reflect on dark moments like these in our history when the dual crises of war abroad and the perceived threat of terror at home have emboldened dangerous xenophobia in America. 

“We are a nation of immigrants born out of an enduring desire to be free, but it's essential that we avoid repeating the mistakes of our predecessors. As the war against terror continues worldwide, the Democratic Party is firmly committed to recognizing the humanity of refugees and honoring and protecting the liberty, security and diversity of our great nation.”

Washington, DC— Today, the Democratic National Committee along with DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Xavier Becerra, and Representative Grace Meng held a press call to talk about the one-year anniversary of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), President Obama’s plan to protect immigrant families that Republicans have so-far blocked in the courts.  Below you will find excerpts as prepared for delivery:

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz

“The move by the Republican-led court in Texas to undermine immigrant families only perpetuates a broken immigration system that tears families apart and fails to serve the national interest.  As Republicans continue to defer the dreams of the hard-working immigrant families who give so much to our communities, let’s consider the facts:113 Congressional Republicans have backed lawsuits in 26 states against keeping immigrant families together.  This is unconscionable.  This is irresponsible.  This is cruel.  

“Note that every Administration, Democratic or Republican, since President Dwight David Eisenhower has used executive authority to do just that.Just as presidents before him, President Obama has broad authority to improve our immigration system to reflect our shared values as Americans and as citizens of a global society.  

“But Republicans would have you believe otherwise.  That’s why the Administration is not committed to taking the necessary next step on behalf of millions of immigrant families by appealing the 5th Circuit’s misguided decision to the Supreme Court. An estimated 5.5 million US citizen children will be affected by DAPA.  Under president Obama’s plan their parents will finally be shielded from the terror of deportations.”  

House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Xavier Becerra

“Senator Marco Rubio, whose parent were immigrants, has become a leading voice against immigration reform. In fact, he's feuding with Senator Cruz over who would treat our important immigrant communities most harshly. In fact, it wasn't that long ago that Marco Rubio's mom left him a voicemail reminding him there's a "human element" to consider with immigration reform.

“Ted Cruz was not born in America. His father was born in Cuba. Marco Rubio is the son of immigrant parents from Cuba  — a country which, as many of you know, is afforded a special status in our immigration code.  Despite this, Senator Cruz does not support a path to citizenship. Senator Cruz wants to build a wall on our border with Mexico. And Senator Cruz refuses to say how he'd address the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows.

“Despite argument after argument from leading constitutional experts validating the legality of DAPA, Republicans continue to rant and rail against it.  Just as the scientific community is to climate change, leading constitutional experts are to DAPA.

“Every reasonable, non-partisan analysis will tell you that fixing our broken immigration system would lead to more job growth a decrease in our federal budget and strengthen programs like Social Security.” 

Rep. Grace Meng

“The facts are crystal clear: DAPA and DACA raise our GDP by $90 billion over the course of the next decade; let me reiterate that: $90 billion. That’s a lot – but it’s worth mentioning here that comprehensive immigration reform as passed by the Senate in 2013 would have increased real GDP by 3.3 percent, or roughly $700 billion, in that same ten-year period.

“According to the Office of Management and Budget, DAPA and DACA do not impact the likelihood of employment for U.S. workers. In fact, DAPA and DACA raise average wages for American workers by .3% over ten years.

“And last but not least, they help us cut our federal deficits by approximately $25 billion over a 10-year period. That’s because under DAPA and DACA, immigrants don’t have to live in the shadows anymore; rather, they’re able to have some peace of mind, pay taxes, and contribute to our economy even more than they do already.”   

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) today unveiled the Democratic Victory Task Force’s Final Report and Action Plan laying out how the Democratic Party is strengthening infrastructure and its presence all across the country to ensure that the success Democrats have had at the presidential level is replicated down the ballot in 2016 and future election cycles. The report and action plan build on the preliminary recommendations of the Democratic Victory Task Force issued in February of this year after being commissioned by DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz following the November 2014 elections.

The Task Force analyzed the Party’s presidential year successes as well as off-year challenges and conducted extensive research including soliciting feedback from supporters, with more than 100,000 respondents across the country. The DNC Chair met with Congressional leaders and caucuses, while Task Force members met with groups in their respective fields of expertise, and participated in dozens of listening sessions, individual interviews, and gathered feedback from a wide range of Democratic Party allies.

“The Democratic Party has made tremendous strides in the last few election cycles, particularly at the national level and in presidential campaigns, and the goal of this Action Plan is to ensure that we apply the best practices of those efforts to elections at every level,” said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “We recognize the challenges our candidates down-ballot have faced in off-year election cycles, and the recommendations of the Democratic Victory Task Force are meant to address those concerns and to chart a path to strengthen our voter engagement in every cycle.”

In February the Task Force delivered a preliminary set of recommendations in five areas where the DNC could make substantial improvements that would help the Party in both presidential and mid-term elections, and the final report provides greater depth in those areas. It lays down a roadmap for operationalizing those recommendations, building on investments, efforts, and coordination, and institutionalizing key programs to ensure that the experience and information gathered through hard work every election cycle isn’t lost from one election period to the next.

“Some of this sounds like Politics 101,” added Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky, a member of the Task Force. “Well, the American people need us to get this right, and they need us now more than ever. Just look at the Republican presidential candidates, and listen to their messages of division and derision that play on fear, frustration and bitterness. That’s not what this country is about, and it is not what we want for our children. A bright future for hard-working Americans and the middle class begins with a strong Democratic Party, so we’re making sure that we get to work.”

  • The recommendations of the Task Force and Action Plan focus on ensuring the mechanisms to:
  • Develop and disseminate a clear, values-based message on the core tenets of the Party
  • Emphasize and strengthen national and state party partnerships and datasharing
  • Protect and expand every American’s right to vote
  • Implement a 3-cycle strategy for redistricting
  • Build a bench of strong candidates equipped to compete at every level

Following the Task Force’s preliminary report in February, the DNC stepped up operations in several areas, including increasing investments in state parties through the State Party Partnership program by 50% from the previous baseline. That commitment comes with increased engagement between the national party and state parties across every department, to ensure capacity building in every key area.

  • The DNC has also begun implementing regular training programs, including comprehensive training on voter information and targeting, and on using the DNC’s extensive suite of data, technology, and support for state parties.
  • The investments the DNC has made in its Analytics Platform mean that our Presidential Primary campaigns are starting off with a more robust and sophisticated data system than the Obama campaign had on Election Day in 2012.   All three of our major Presidential Primary campaigns have signed agreements to be a part of our voter file, and are making investments to improve and build upon the program. That’s going to have a significant impact on the general election.

The DNC is also sharing voter data with state and local candidates. The Report and Action Plan also place a special emphasis on protecting and expanding every American’s right to vote following years of concerted efforts in states around the country to make it harder for women, seniors, students and minorities to cast their ballots.

“A key and important aspect of this Report and Action Plan is that it delves into the unique and vital role that the Democratic Party has in protecting and expanding the right to vote for every American,” concluded Donna Brazile, a DNC Vice Chair of Civic engagement and Voter Participation as well as a member of the Task Force. “In Kansas, Alabama, and now New Jersey, we’ve recently seen Republican leadership take action that limits voter participation while doing nothing to make our elections more secure or cost effective, while the GOP’s presidential candidates all oppose the Voting Rights Act. And in the Evenwel v. Abbott case, we have begun implementing the recommendations by casting a spotlight on the potential impact of that case on children, permanent residents, DREAMers, and others living in the United States who are worthy of representation. We’re being proactive, and this Final Report and Action Plan help chart that path.”

The full Democratic Victory Task Force Report and Action Plan is available HERE and a Progress Update from DNC CEO Amy Dacey is available HERE.

Washington, D.C. — Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced today that Marilyn Davis will be joining the Democratic National Committee as the Director of Community Engagement. Davis, a former Director of Constituency Outreach for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee, has been a long-time public servant and political consultant who will bring energy and expertise to the DNC’s Community Engagement effort.

As Director of the DNC’s Community Engagement Department, Marilyn will be tasked with implementing a national progressive outreach strategy to promote the President’s accomplishments and the Democratic party’s ideas and ideals among leaders of various constituencies, including Progressives, African Americans, Hispanics, AAPI, LGBT, Disabled, Veterans, Women, Jewish, Faith and other key constituency groups.

“I am thrilled that Marilyn will be joining the Democratic National Committee as our Director of Community Engagement,” said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “For more than a decade, Marilyn has helped elect many Democrats, served our government admirably in a variety of roles, and most importantly brought people together around the common goal of moving our country forward. Her experience, energy and dynamism  make her a wonderful addition to our team and I look forward to working with her as we elect a Democrat as the 45th President of the United States.”

“I’m incredibly excited to be leading the Democratic National Committee’s community outreach operation, and I’m ready to hit the ground running,” said Davis. “It is so important that we elect a Democrat as our next president and that we elect Democrats up and down the ticket. Democrats are serious about moving our country forward, helping middle class families, and addressing important issues like growing wages, keeping college affordable, fixing our broken immigration system and addressing climate change. That’s a powerful narrative that I look forward to talking about.”

Most recently, Davis worked at the Department of Labor as the Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement. From 2011 to 2014, she was the President and Chief Executive Officer for Davis & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm that specialized in political organizing, strategic development, fundraising, and community outreach for clients. Prior to that, Davis worked for the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) as the Deputy Director for Congressional Affairs and liaison to the United States Senate. And prior to joining PIC, Davis worked for the Obama for America-FL campaign as a political consultant, and the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee as the Director of Constituency Outreach.

WASHINGTON – Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz called out Republicans for their overwhelmingly partisan responses to the Paris terror attacks:

“This weekend our three Democratic candidates for president held a substantive conversation about keeping our country safe that remained serious and demonstrated respect for voters. In sharp contrast, Republican candidates for president have spent the days since the terror attack in Paris launching ugly, partisan attacks and using the tragedy for political gain. The presidential candidates of the Party that tried to rename ‘French fries’ as ‘freedom fries’ is now trying to make political hay out of the deaths of innocents. 

“Marco Rubio, in particular, took the political rhetoric to a new low first by fundraising off of the attacks and then by comparing Muslims to 'members of the Nazi Party.' It is outrageous to suggest a peaceful world religion with 1.6 billion members is akin to a political party whose leaders and members were bent on the destruction of Jews and other innocent people. Muslims have been the biggest victims of ISIS and other jihadist terrorist organizations, and a failure to recognize the role Muslims play here at home and around the world to defeat violent extremist terrorist organizations shows Marco Rubio just doesn't get it and isn’t ready to be president. That kind of rhetoric makes forming the necessary coalition we need to defeat ISIS even harder.

“What the ‘freedom fries’ Republican field of candidates are calling for is a go-it-alone foreign policy, just like the one George W. Bush and Dick Cheney pursued, which further destabilized the Middle East, cost our nation trillions of dollars and thousands of lives, damaged our relationships with our allies, and undermined our credibility around the world.

"Our Democratic candidates spoke with the gravitas and responsibility that we should expect from our 45th President of the United States, while the Republican rhetoric is not only insensitive in the face of tragedy, but also downright irresponsible and insulting to voters."

Here’s just a small sampling of the disgusting Republican response to the terror attacks in Paris:

  • Marco Rubio is using the Paris attacks to raise campaign funds.
  • Marco Rubio compared Muslims to Nazis: “That would be like saying we weren't at war with Nazis because we were afraid to offend some Germans who may have been members of the Nazi party but weren't violent themselves.”
  • Ted Cruz said “I recognize Barack Obama does not wish to defend this country.”
  • Ted Cruz called for Christian refugees to be allowed asylum in the United States, but not Muslims.
  • Donald Trump argued “You can say what you want, but if they had guns, if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry, it would have been a much, much different situation.”
  • Donald Trump said he would “strongly consider” closing some Mosques in response to the attack.
  • Jeb Bush called for screening refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict based on religion, saying, “I think our focus ought to be on the Christians.”
  • Mike Huckabee said “It’s time for a president who will act to protect Americans, not just talk and protect the image of Islam.”
  • Mike Huckabee suggested that “we better wake up and smell the falafel” following the attacks.
  • Rick Santorum charged “[President Obama] is either uninformed, dishonest, delusional, and probably all three.”
  • Carly Fiorina claimed “The murder, mayhem, danger and tragedy we see unfolding in Paris, throughout the Middle East and too often in our own homeland, are the direct consequence of this administration’s policies.”

DES MOINES – Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on the DNC/Iowa Democratic Party/CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register Debate held at Drake University tonight:
“Democrats, like people the world over, woke up today with a heavy heart but proud to stand with the people of Paris and our allies across the globe in the wake of the horrific violence they experienced last night. Tonight, the American people tuned in to hear directly from three extremely qualified candidates running to be their Commander-in-Chief and build on President Obama’s legacy of bringing terrorists to justice and keeping American civilians safe.
“What they heard was a spirited debate, one that showed that our Democratic candidates have a firm grasp on America’s foreign policy challenges, while respecting voters and keeping the discussion at a serious and substantive level. Our candidates also showed that they are the only ones running for president who understand the importance of investing in the middle class and strengthening the economy to keep America moving forward.
“Our candidates are the only ones committed to making college affordable, to raising the federal minimum wage, to protecting our seniors, to fixing the broken immigration system, and to addressing climate change.
“Tonight provided a stark contrast from what we saw all week from the Republican field, with an embarrassing debate at which they characterized issues like raising the federal minimum wage as a ‘disaster’ and proved they are out of touch, stuck on the failed policies of the past and mired in extremism. On the economy, this week, Republican candidates offered their worn out proposals  to continue pursuing tax cuts for the wealthy, fixating on taking us back to the same kind of policies that were in place when our economy was losing 800,000 jobs a month as the last Republican president left office. And when it comes to national security and tackling terrorism, all Republicans could offer was more of the same reckless foreign policy in the vein of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush. The American people can’t afford to go backwards.
“I congratulate all of our candidates tonight on a debate that made me even more proud than ever to be a Democrat. Our 45th president was on stage tonight in Des Moines.”

WASHINGTON, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to take up Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole:

“The Supreme Court’s decision to take up Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole will have major implications for women across this country who deserve access to safe, legal abortion care without politicians standing in the way. We’ve seen the impact of this law on women in Texas, signed by former GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry, which has forced more than half of the state’s abortion clinics to close thanks to this senseless and backwards law. Ultimately, the case sounds the alarm on the devastating impact laws like this one are currently having on the constitutional right to a safe and legal abortion in the United States.

“Let me be very clear: this law puts women in danger. The ultimate intent of the law is to ban safe and legal abortion and undermine a woman’s right to health care.  Period. It’s just another part of an extreme anti-choice agenda championed by the Republican party which has done nothing but disappoint on women’s health issues. From Marco Rubio’s opposition to safe, legal abortion even in cases of rape and incest, the entire GOP field’s support for limiting access to women's health care, or Carly Fiorina’s lie after lie about Planned Parenthood, the GOP has it wrong on women’s health and abortion access.

“But don’t just take it from me, take it from the American people, the majority of whom are opposed to this dangerous anti-woman agenda. Sixty-seven percent of Americans believe that women have the right to an abortion and support Roe v. Wade. It would be unjust for the court to do anything but side with women, families, and Whole Women’s Health in this case. I urge women and families to make their voices heard on this case. The Democratic Party is standing with you.”

WASHINGTON – This week we mark Diwali, a five day festival celebrated by millions of American Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains and many more around the world. The celebration gets its name from the clay lamps, or deepas, that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness. It is the most widely celebrated festival in the Indian diaspora and a time of rejoicing for those who celebrate it.
President Barack Obama issued a statement marking the occasion, known as the festival of lights. In 2009 he was the first American president to light the Diya, or oil lamp, which symbolizes the victory of good over evil. 
DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement:
"We are proud to count Democrats among the millions of Americans who celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, over the last few days. The celebration of knowledge over ignorance and good over evil is an opportunity for us to pause for prayer and contemplation, to reflect on our obligations to help our fellow human beings, and in particular the less fortunate. Those are values that we hold dear as a party, and that are at the heart of the policies for which we stand.  On behalf of the Democratic National Committee, Saal Mubarak!”

WASHINGTON, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on Veterans Day 2015:
"On this Veterans Day I join Americans across the country in honoring and thanking veterans and their families for their service and their sacrifice. 
"Taking a step back and putting our patriots before our politics is something we should do every day, and regardless of political party we should all work together to ensure our veterans get the respect and appreciation they deserve, the benefits they've earned, and the medical care we owe them.
"We put our best foot forward as a nation when we come together to help our veterans find jobs, access education and training opportunities, and secure housing and health services. We've made important strides in each of these areas but there's more to be done. We have an obligation to ensure that veterans have the support they need to be as successful in civilian life here at home as they have been defending our nation and promoting our values and ideals abroad."

WASHINGTON – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement tonight in response to the fourth Republican presidential primary debate:
“It’s fitting the GOP field was gathered in Wisconsin this evening to talk about the economy, since they’re all peddling economic plans that would foist a Scott Walker-esque economy on the rest of America – no equal pay legislation, opposing action to address climate change, and attacking policies that help middle-class workers, to name just a few lowlights.
“There was a lot of discussion tonight about cutting services that families depend on to pay for more tax breaks for the wealthy, but decades of experience prove that approach is ineffective in producing real economic growth that benefits and grows the middle class. It’s just another page from the tired, old Republican playbook that helps the well-connected at the expense of working families.
“The candidates really couldn’t help themselves tonight. Jeb Bush continues to promote his roundly debunked plan to grow the economy. Ted Cruz forgot to mention that passing comprehensive immigration reform would have increased real GDP by $1.4 trillion. And Donald Trump and Ben Carson flat out said they wouldn’t raise the minimum wage for bogus reasons, while Marco Rubio said doing so would be a disaster. A disaster? The disaster is what would happen to the middle class if any one of these candidates were to become president.
“Sometimes I think that the Republican candidates forget it’s not just Republicans who are watching these debates. Each time they reveal their terrible positions and pander to their Tea Party base, they convince more voters that it is indeed the Democratic Party and our nominees who have their backs and will go to the mat for them to ensure the economy works for everyone.
“I’m looking forward to our next Democratic debate on Saturday in Iowa because each of our candidates is talking about moving our nation forward by prioritizing the issues that invest in and strengthen the middle class: raising the minimum wage, prioritizing paid family leave, protecting the Affordable Care Act and enrolling more Americans in health care plans, quality education for our kids, and continuing the progress under President Obama that has led to 68 consecutive months of private-sector job growth and five percent unemployment.”

Tonight twelve of the GOP’s candidates for president head to Milwaukee for a Fox Business Network debate to try to convince voters they should be put in charge of the most powerful economy on earth while telling us how awful it is. Unfortunately for them, they face a strong headwind: the facts. Economic indicators clearly show that Democrats have done a far better job of managing the economy, expanding opportunities for the middle class, reducing the deficit, and promoting job growth than their Republican counterparts in the White House. In just the past week we found out that:

  • The economy added 271,000 jobs this past month, 268,000 of those in the private sector, the highest rate this year and a pace that marks the strongest three years of job creation since the year 2000.
  • That translates into 13.5 million jobs over 68 straight months of private-sector job growth, which is not only the longest streak on record but a huge turnaround from the 800,000 jobs that were being lost per month when George W. Bush left office.
  • Consistent with that growth, the unemployment rate dropped to 5.0 percent in October, while labor force participation remained steady and average hourly earnings rose, a trend we’ve seen over the past year in which average hourly earnings have risen at the fastest pace since 2009.

Of course the naysayers in the Republican field of candidates are dismissive of unemployment numbers and wage growth. They like to point to underemployment, for example. And yet there too the underemployment rate declined to its lowest level since May 2008. Other indicators are also moving in the right direction:

  • Exports have risen while imports have fallen, with the total exports of goods and services increasing by $3.0 billion, which narrowed the trade deficit.
  • There has been an expansion in the non-manufacturing sector, as shown by the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Non-Manufacturing Index (NMI), the 69th consecutive month that the NMI has shown an expansion in this area.

Because the Republican candidates are coming to the Midwest for this debate, it’s also worth noting that it was a Democratic president who invested in rescuing the auto industry. There too the indicators are good for the Democrats, and pose a problem for Republicans:

  • Sales of light motor vehicles in October -- at 18.1 million units for the annual rate -- matched the highest monthly pace since 2005.

Yet every time this crowd talks about the economy, you would think that the financial collapse of 2008 was the good old days we should want a Republican to return us to. It’s no surprise then, that at their last economy-focused event, the GOP’s standard bearers couldn’t answer the questions they were posed and chose to blame media bias. Some of the “unfair” questions they got, after all, would have required them to explain themselves. For example:

  • Do you oppose that budget deal because it doesn’t cut certain programs enough?
  • Apart from your tax plan, are there specific steps you would require from corporate America to try and reduce the income inequality?
  • Should the Federal Government play a larger role in helping to set up retirement plans for these workers?
  • [W]hy would you tax labor at a higher rate than income from investments?
  • Should the government be involved in controlling some of these price increases [from pharmaceutical companies]?

So what were the Republican candidates hiding from?

Well it turns out the policies that the Republican candidates are pushing are the same policies that were in place heading into the economic turmoil that left our country at the brink of a great depression and that during the last two Republican Administrations have preceded high unemployment. As Steve Benen reported for MSNBC, Republican presidents leave unemployment on the rise, Democrats lower it. The tax plans we’ve seen from Republican presidential contenders would give massive tax cuts to the wealthiest of the wealthy, explode the deficit, and they would shift the burden of balancing the budget onto middle-class and working families. Here’s what Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump have proposed so you can see for yourself:

  • Marco Rubio’s tax plan means the super wealthy like Mitt Romney would pay no taxes and a Bloomberg analysis showed it would result in a $6 trillion reduction in federal revenue.
  • Jeb Bush’s tax plan is like his brother’s, but worse– it would give himself an estimated $800,000 tax break annually and add as much as $3.4 trillion to the deficit.
  • Trump’s tax plan would cost $12 trillion over the next decade, while giving more to the wealthy like himself.
  • John Kasich’s tax plan would cut the top tax rate by over 11%, slash capital gains taxes, and eliminate the tax on estates.

Of course they’ll claim to have insight into all kinds of economic indicators to justify their pessimism on the economy. They’ll tell you the sky is falling. They’ll say they can make America great again. Well, they need to be held accountable.

We’ve compiled some of the leading indicators in several areas including jobs, GDP, housing, energy, health care, and of course deficits to help with that. If there is going to be a serious debate on the economy, then the real facts should be weighed against the rhetoric. The guide below summarizes what Democratic policies have meant over the last seven years, and they show exactly what’s at stake. Here’s to hoping the candidates get some tough questions tonight and aren’t allowed to just blame the moderators for not having any answers. Our economy depends on it.


Full-time employment accounting for the rise in employment since early 2010. The economy has added over 11 million full-time jobs since February 2010, with part-time employment falling over this period. While about three-quarters of part-time workers do so for family, health, and other reasons, the fraction of the labor force working part-time for economic reasons declined in October. This shift helped to drive the underemployment rate, a favorite talking point of the GOP, to its lowest level since May 2008.  Sorry guys.

80,000 manufacturing jobs over 12 months and 864,000 over the past 68 months. Over the past twelve months, manufacturing has added 80,000 jobs. Manufacturing job growth during the recovery has been substantially faster than during the previous two expansions. Since Chrysler and GM emerged from bankruptcy in mid-2009, the auto industry (including manufacturing and retail) has added 631,900 jobs, the industry’s strongest growth on record. 

The construction sector has added 233,000 jobs over the last year. With continued recovery in housing, the unemployment rate for construction workers is at 7.5 percent, having fallen below its pre-recession average (based on a twelve-month moving average of not seasonally adjusted data).

Gross Domestic Product

Overall, GDP has risen 2.0 percent over the past four quarters, with Real GDP rising at a 1.5 percent annual rate in the third quarter of 2015, according to the advance estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

State and local government spending continues to recover, and has now increased in 5 of the last 6 quarters. State and local government purchases increased 2.6 percent at an annual rate in the third quarter and have risen 1.9 percent over the past four quarters.  

Inflation was mostly unchanged in the third quarter. The GDP price index, which measures the price of all goods and services produced in the United States, rose 0.9 percent over the past four quarters. The price index for personal consumption expenditures rose 0.3 percent over the same period, with the “core” components (excluding food and energy) rising 1.3 percent.

Consumer sentiment remains near its highest levels in the recovery, providing continued upside for personal consumption growth. Consumer sentiment helps to predict future changes in consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of GDP, and provides a timely indicator of economic strength. Falling gas prices and improvements in employment have helped to drive rising sentiment since mid-2014.


Housing prices continue to rise. Over the past year, all major home price indexes have posted strong year-over-year gains. In all, house prices have risen between 19 and 33 percent during the recovery.

  • Case-Shiller: In August 2015, house prices were 4.7 percent higher than their year-ago level. 
  • CoreLogic: In September 2015, house prices were 6.5 percent higher than their year-ago level.
  • FHFA: In August 2015, the year-over-year increase was 5.5 percent. 
  • Zillow: In September 2015, house prices were 3.7 percent higher than their year-ago level.

Rising home prices are bringing millions back above water. Zillow Real Estate estimates that rising home prices have lifted more than 6.3 million households out of negative equity since the end of 2012. The national negative equity rate fell to 14.4 percent in June 2015—less than half its peak of 31.4 percent in the first quarter of 2012. Likewise, CoreLogic estimated that nearly 5.5 million households returned to positive equity since 2013. 

Sales of distressed properties have declined dramatically over the past couple of years. Distressed homes – comprised of foreclosures and short sales – accounted for 7 percent of September sales.


The United States is less reliant on foreign oil than any time in nearly three decades. The United States produces more crude oil than it imports for the first time in 20 years. Monthly domestic crude oil production exceeded net imports by 2.1 million bpd in September for the twenty-fourth consecutive month, according to data from EIA.

The United States is the world’s leading producer of petroleum and natural gas, surpassing long-standing petro-states Saudi Arabia and Russia. EIA estimates U.S. crude oil production will average 9.3 million bpd in 2015, up from 8.7 million bpd in 2014 and 74 percent higher than 2008 production. Early estimates show U.S. crude oil production averaged 9.0 million bpd in September, down slightly in recent months due to low prices but still near multi-decade highs.  

The United States has vastly increased the amount of energy we harness from the wind and sun. Since 2008, electricity production from wind energy has more than tripled, and solar generation has increased twenty-five fold.  

Petroleum consumption from gasoline has fallen significantly as fuel efficiency standards continue to rise. New fuel economy standards will nearly double light-duty vehicle fuel economy between 2010 and 2025, increasing standards to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. Standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles will also substantially raise fuel economy through 2027, cutting tractor trailer fuel use by 24 percent.  That will save consumers more than $1.7 trillion at the gas pump and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels over the lifetimes of vehicles sold through 2025.

Health Care

Health care prices have risen at the lowest rate in 50 years since the Affordable Care Act became law. Over the 66 months of data since the ACA became law, health care prices have risen at an average annual rate of just 1.6 percent, as measured using price data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, slower than any prior 66-month period since data began in 1959. Health care prices have risen at an even slower 1.0 percent pace over the last 12 months. 

Premiums for employer-sponsored insurance grew just 4.2 percent in 2015, and the last four years have recorded four of the five slowest growth rates on record back to 1999. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s annual survey found that the average premium for employer-sponsored family coverage rose just 4.2 percent in 2014, far below the 7.9 percent average rate seen from 2000 through 2010.  Had premium growth since 2010 matched the average rate over the preceding decade, the average premium for family coverage would have been nearly $2,600 higher in 2015.

Medicare spending per beneficiary will rise just 1 percent in nominal terms in 2015, according to projections from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This would make 2015 the sixth consecutive year in which per-enrollee Medicare spending was similar to or below economy-wide inflation. From 2000 to 2010, per-enrollee Medicare spending exceeded overall inflation by an average of 3.6 percent per year, even after adjusting for the introduction of Medicare Part D.

Since August 2010, the Congressional Budget Office has reduced its projections of Medicare and Medicaid spending in 2020 by $175 billion. This decline represents a 13 percent reduction in projected spending and primarily reflects the recent slow growth in health care spending.

Falling Deficits

Under President Obama, the deficit has fallen by about three fourths since 2009, measured as a share of the economy. The federal deficit in fiscal year 2015 was 2.5 percent of GDP, the lowest level since 2007 and about one quarter of the 9.8 percent of GDP deficit recorded in 2009. The 2015 deficit as a share of GDP was well below the average over the last 40 years. This progress reflects both a stronger economy and the deficit reduction the President has signed into law. 

The President's policies are contributing to the most rapid deficit reduction since the end of World War II. The last time deficits fell at a faster rate as a share of the economy over a comparable period of time was during the post-war demobilization from 1945 to 1951.

WASHINGTON – This week, Democrats are kicking off “Keep America Moving Forward” days of action to mark one year out from the November 2016 elections. Across the country, Democratic State Parties will be holding a variety of engagement activities to spread the word to their friends and neighbors about the importance of protecting the historic economic improvement we’ve experienced under President Obama's leadership, and to continue creating economic opportunity for the middle class. It’s clear that Republican presidential candidates are set on reversing those gains and dragging our country back to economic policies like tax cuts for the super-wealthy that already proved disastrous under previous Republican presidents. 

“Keep America Moving Forward” events across the country are designed to look to the future, mobilizing, energizing, and engaging voters through voter registration, volunteer recruitment, training and other events. From Nevada to New Jersey, Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, and Ohio to Florida, State Democratic parties are already gearing up for a competitive election year, and ensuring a robust effort not only for our national candidates at the top of the ballot, but also in support of candidates at every level.  

“There is a lot at stake in the upcoming elections,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “From the White House to state legislatures to city halls, voters will have a choice between Republican candidates looking to drag our country backwards, or Democrats who’ll build on a strong record of success. The question is, do we want Republicans to take us back to when we were losing 800,000 jobs a month, foreclosure signs littered streets across America, and insurance companies could deny insurance to cancer survivors like me? Or do we want a Democrat in the White House who will build on the progress we've made as a country in creating economic security and expanding opportunities for the middle class? Democratic candidates are the ones who will keep America moving forward, and the Democratic Party on both the national and local level will remind voters of that fact throughout this campaign.”

As part of the kick off and in anticipation of tonight's Republican debate on Fox Business Network, the DNC Communications Office also issued a report on the economic progress that has been made under Democratic leadership in the White House, and what the promises of Republican candidates would mean to the middle class. The report, attached here, will help Democrats across the country hold the Republican field accountable at watch parties and media interviews reacting to the debate. Below is a sampling of events taking place in the coming days throughout the country.

"Keep America Moving Forward" Events

Debate Watch Parties

As our Democratic candidates head to Iowa Saturday to take the stage at the DNC/Iowa Democratic Party/CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register debate, Democratic parties across the country are organizing debate watch events that include recruiting and energizing volunteers and new voices who speak to what's at stake in this election to their local media.

For the last debate in Nevada, more than 200 watch parties were held in more than 30 states by our state and local Parties, with several others held by Democrats Abroad around the world.

In Iowa the state Democratic Party will hold a number of events around the debate, including a roundtable with hard working Iowans who are concerned about what Republican policies would mean for them and their families.


Training Workshops for Candidates and Campaign Staff

States Parties in Alaska, Alabama, and others will be kicking off coordinated campaign training workshops with candidates and campaign managers from federal, state, county and local races. 

Training on data sharing and voter targeting will also be taking place, including in states like Arizona, South Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and throughout the country.


Voter Registration Drives

State Parties all across the country will be engaging in voter registration, from Arizona's voter registration weekend this coming Saturday and Sunday, to Oklahoma's voter registration and visibility during college and university football game day celebrations.

State Parties are also teaming up with College Democrats throughout the country to register millennial voters and students to vote.


Messaging and Communications Training

Western states will be gathering at a Western Communications Summit in Salt Lake City next week to review best practices and the key messages already shaping this election cycle. That event will include Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona democrats. 

Other states will be holding message training workshops as well, including Maryland, Texas, and Utah.


2015 Review

Several states just went through elections last week, with several states seeing important victories like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Connecticut where the State Party mobilized 150,000 voter contact calls and upwards of 1,500 volunteers.

That's also true of Mississippi where State Democrats reelected the State Attorney General with 56% of the vote, won a majority on the public service commission and won 3 out of 4 targeted District Attorney races..

At the same time, a number of elections in other parts of the country helped lay the groundwork for strengthening the Party’s voter engagement heading into the 2016 elections.  Even in a challenging electoral environment in Kentucky, our investments helped Democrats win two statewide races including the re-election of our Secretary of State and the election of a new Attorney General, helping to build our bench in that state.

As we move closer to 2016, those states who had elections in 2015 will be assessing the strength of their operations and ensuring that the training of staff, volunteers, and collection of voter data will feed into efforts going into 2016.


Caucus and Early Vote Prep

States like Iowa and Nevada, which hold the first two caucuses of the primary process, will be holding a number of events in preparation of their nominating contests, with Iowa holding a training on its caucuses this week, and Nevada launching "100 Days to the Caucus" events across the state that will include volunteer training.

WASHINGTON – In response to Gov. Christie’s veto of The Democracy Act, DNC Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation Donna Brazile issued the following statement:

“Governor Christie’s veto of the Democracy Act is disturbing but not surprising.  Instead of signing into law a bill that could have expanded ballot access for 1.6 million people in the Garden State, the governor chose to put Republican political interests ahead of a stronger democracy.

“This veto means that 1.6 million citizens will not be automatically added to the rolls in New Jersey, and voters won’t have extended early voting opportunities the bill would have afforded. New Jersey’s active duty military personnel also won’t have expanded ballot access, the least we could do for our men and women in uniform.  New Jersey also won’t have online voter registration as a result, and won’t expand vote-by-mail opportunities.

“Governor Christie’s actions reflect a Republican Party committed to limiting ballot access across the country.  In Kansas, Alabama, and now New Jersey, we’ve recently seen Republican leadership take action that limits participation while doing nothing to make our elections more secure or cost effective.  Instead of championing efforts to restrict the vote, Republicans should learn from leaders in states like California and Oregon who worked to enact automatic voter registration this year.

“While Christie and other Republicans might believe that they win more elections when they limit who has access to the ballot box, Democrats remain committed to ensuring that every eligible citizen is able to register, every registered voter is able to vote, and that every vote is accurately counted.

“For a candidate struggling to pick up any votes at all and relegated to the kids’ table tomorrow night, you’d think Governor Christie would agree that every vote matters.”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s radio advertisements:

“The release of Donald Trump’s radio ads today make it clear a Trump presidency would be a bad investment for America and the middle class. The ads continue the Republican approach of minimizing the major issues confronting the American people to reality television-style grade-school rhetoric. It’s not just his offensive rhetoric, it’s his harmful policies, which are emblematic of the entire Republican field’s obsession with moving America backward to policies that failed under past Republican administrations. Just like Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and the rest of the GOP field, Donald Trump supports tax plans that give the wealthiest Americans more than the middle class, opposes fixing the broken immigration system through comprehensive reform, wants to take health care away from millions of families, and endorses a reckless foreign policy in the vein of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush. Each Republican presidential candidate in this race would reverse the progress we’ve made under President Obama that resulted in 67 consecutive months of private-sector job growth.

“The ads also don’t answer serious questions about the myth that Donald Trump is a successful businessman who would be able to run the country’s economy. Donald Trump openly brags about taking advantage of bankruptcy laws in order to amass his fortune, and he borrowed millions from his family members to build his empire. As he said recently, his dad gave what he called a “small” $1 million loan to him to get started when he graduated from college. Trump just doesn’t understand these avenues aren’t available to countless Americans who are working day in and day out to afford a mortgage payment, or the cost of college for their families.

“He hasn’t got a clue when it comes to the struggles everyday Americans face, and he’s the last person equipped to help them.”

From: Raul Alvillar, DNC Political Director
To: Interested Parties
Re: Important Gains Made on Election Day 2015
Date: November 4, 2015

While talking heads have focused on the gubernatorial race in Kentucky, there are a number of results from yesterday’s elections that show the Democratic Party made strides – both in Kentucky and around the country – through important victories at the state and local levels. In Kentucky, for example, our investments helped Democrats win two statewide races, including the re-election of our Secretary of State and the election of a new Attorney General. At the same time, a number of yesterday’s elections helped lay the groundwork for strengthening the Party’s voter engagement heading into the 2016 elections, and there were critical victories in key states at the ballot box that will help ensure a redistricting process that respects every American’s right to vote.

Ensuring Fairness in Redistricting

In Ohio, a ballot initiative to increase minority party representation on Ohio’s redistricting commission and to establish new requirements for district boundaries was approved overwhelmingly with 71.46% of the vote. The new bipartisan commission will be more balanced and likely to produce a less partisan map when new redistricting plans are drawn up. Similarly, in Pennsylvania, where the DNC made a significant investment, three seats up for grabs on the state Supreme Court were won by Judges widely recognized for their commitment to impartiality and protecting the rights of every American.

Gains at the State and Local Levels

We also made gains in state legislatures and mayoral races with candidates committed to fighting for hardworking Americans and the middle class, who will play a role in replenishing our party’s bench with new and diverse talent across the country. In New Hampshire, for example, Democrats won the mayoral race in Nashua, New Hampshire, secured wins in North Carolina mayoral races in Charlotte, Greensboro and Durham, as well as three critical mayoral seats in the Ohio cities of Akron, Columbus, and Toledo. In Florida, with the DNC’s help, Mayor Buddy Dyer fought off a wealthy challenger in Orlando, while in one of the biggest pick-ups of the cycle, Democrat Joe Hogsett won the mayoral seat in Indianapolis.

Below we’ve detailed specific races in states all across the country.

Colorado: Democrats successfully recalled tea party-backed school board members in three school districts (Jefferson, Douglas and Thompson Valley). The race saw national attention because of a conservative push to re-write the AP history curriculum.

Florida: Buddy Dyer won a competitive re-election battle for mayor of Orlando, FL, the fourth-largest city in the state.

Idaho: Democratic incumbent mayor David Bieter won re-election as the mayor of Boise, the largest city in the state.

Indiana: Democrat Joe Hogsett won the mayor’s seat back from Republican control in Indianapolis by a whopping 62-38 margin. Democrats also held mayoral seats in Fort Wayne, South Bend and Gary.

Kentucky: Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Attorney General-Elect Andy Beshear both won their state-wide elections.

Mississippi: Our investments in Mississippi paid off, as Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood won re-election in a deep-red state with a popular incumbent governor from the opposing party.

New Hampshire: Former mayor Jim Donchess won his bid for mayor of Nashua

New Jersey: In a rebuke to Governor Chris Christie’s record of failure and constant absence from the state, voters elected the largest Democratic majority in recent years in the Assembly with a near veto-proof majority of 51 to 29.

North Carolina: Jennifer Roberts won her bid to be the mayor of Charlotte, the largest city in the state, while Bill Bell was re-elected in Durham and Nancy Vaughan was re-elected in Greensboro.

Ohio: An important redistricting ballot measure backed by Democrats was approved by an overwhelming margin, which will restore integrity and fairness to the process. Furthermore, Democrats retained mayoral seats in Akron, Columbus, and Toledo—Dan Horrigan, Andrew Ginther, and Paula Hicks-Hudson, respectively.

Pennsylvania: Democrat Jim Kenney was elected as the new mayor of Philadelphia. Three seats up for grabs on the state Supreme Court were won by Judges widely recognized for their commitment to impartiality and protecting the rights of every American, heading toward a redistricting period in two years.

Virginia: Democrats gained one seat in the state’s House of Delegates, and held the line in the State Senate.

Washington, DC— DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on Election Night 2015:
“Tonight we want to offer our congratulations to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky Attorney General-elect Andy Beshear, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and other Democrats who won across the country in a challenging year based on their commitment to fighting for hardworking families in their states. In particular, I congratulate mayors and mayor-elects nationwide on their strong victories, including Buddy Dyer in Orlando, Jim Kenney in Philadelphia, Joe Hogsett in Indianapolis and Jennifer Roberts in Charlotte.
“I'm also thrilled that all three Pennsylvania Supreme Court seats have been won by the Democratic candidates, giving Democrats the majority of the court. I was thrilled to join Kevin Dougherty, David Wecht, and Christine Donahue in Pittsburgh last month and know they will do a remarkable job protecting the rights of Pennsylvanians, particularly ensuring a fair redistricting process.
“In Ohio, a Democrat-backed redistricting measure won by an overwhelming margin – an important victory towards ensuring a fairer redistricting process in a critical swing state.
“As we look ahead, just over one year away from the 2016 election, we can be sure of one thing: we will hold Republicans running for president accountable every day between now and November 2016 for threatening to dismantle the great work President Obama and Democrats have done over the last 7 years, and threatening to take us back to a time when the economy was in turmoil and we were losing an average of 750,000 jobs a month.
“Congratulations to all Democrats tonight for hard fought races, and your commitment to moving our country forward.”

Washington, DC—After Senators and GOP presidential candidates Rubio, Cruz, and Paul voted against the bipartisan agreement to raise the debt limit, ensure that our country pays our bills, and provide the framework necessary to keep our government open, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
"Tonight’s vote clearly demonstrated the Republican Presidential candidates’ priorities. Senators and GOP Presidential candidates Rubio, Cruz, and Paul are playing games with the full faith and credit of the United States at the expense of the American people. 

“Raising the debt limit and passing a budget are non-negotiable responsibilities of our leadership. In 2011, we saw Republicans’ debt limit brinksmanship prompt Standard & Poor's to downgrade the US credit rating for the first time in history. Our constituents elect us to be their voice and their vote, not to play politics for political gain. There is nothing presidential about failing to pay your bills and jeopardizing our standing in the world economy.

“It is completely unbelievable that these reckless politicians think they deserve a promotion to the presidency.” 

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement tonight after the conclusion of the third Republican presidential debate:

“Tonight the GOP candidates proved what an oxymoron it is to use the phrase, ‘Republican economic debate’.

“There was in fact no substantive debate about ideas to strengthen our economy. Instead, what the American people heard was an unyielding desire to return to the failed policies of the past that preceded an economic disaster with 750,000 job losses a month, foreclosure signs dotting too many streets, and families deciding between paying the bills and accessing health care.

“Nearly twelve hours of GOP debate has produced zero serious ideas to move America forward. Despite repeated questions from the moderators, no candidate in Boulder offered plans to help the middle class. They didn’t discuss ways to ensure moms and dads have access to paid family leave or how to end pay disparities and narrow the income inequality gap, but they did find ways to attack raising the minimum wage, discuss building walls and blame the media for their woes.

“The GOP field’s crocodile tears for the supposed decline of America shouldn’t fool anyone; America is already great and we need to continue the economic progress that began and continues under President Obama in order to create more opportunity for more people. The President was handed the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and under his leadership, we’ve had 67 months of private-sector job growth resulting in 13 million new jobs. Any one of our Democratic candidates would build on that progress.

“That’s why I’m confident that the more the GOP keeps highlighting their tired, old policies, the more Americans will vote for the Democratic nominee to become the 45th President of the United States.”

Washington, DC—Today, after Lincoln Chafee announced the suspension of his bid for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States at the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz delivered the following statement:

“I know that was, that was a special and important message for all of us to hear and I'd like everyone here to join me thanking Lincoln Chafee for his remarkable public service.

“As I was standing backstage thinking about what words come to mind when I think about Lincoln Chafee, ‘class act’ was the first one that jumped to my mind.

“I want to just briefly share with you, in a trip down memory lane, what it was like when I heard that Lincoln Chafee decided to become a Democrat. Let's remember that that was a big deal. Because, when he joined our party, he made it clear that his former party had left him. And that they had gotten too extreme for him to be comfortable remaining as a Republican. Lincoln Chafee has been a public servant of conscience. He has stood strong and used his voice and made sure that the people of his state, the great state of Rhode Island when he was governor, had a governor who knew it was important to invest in education, to stand up and make sure that people who had no voice, had his, and to make sure that he sounded a clarion call for peace, as he did here with us this morning.

“I thank Lincoln Chafee for his service, for his commitment to electing a Democrat to the White House in 2016 and we look forward to seeing him campaign with us all across the country during the 2016 campaign for president.

“Thank you so much, and thank you to Lincoln Chafee.”

Washington, DC— Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz addressed the Women’s Leadership Forum issues conference presented by the Democratic Women’s Alliance in Washington, D.C. Below you will find excerpts as prepared for delivery:

“Of course, what we’ve achieved at DWA would not be possible without the effort of the Women’s Leadership Forum continuing to bolster Democratic women leaders and issues, and we should be proud of our collective efforts these past two decades.

“But we must be clear-eyed about the task at hand and the work ahead of us these next 12 months.

“Because make no mistake – it is women voters who will put our Democratic nominee over the top to become the 45th President of the United States!

“Women voters make up more than half of the electorate, and with more and more women serving as the primary breadwinner in their household, or being single parents, or holding stressful or multiple jobs, many of the issues in the public discourse today are women’s issues.

  • Equal pay in the workplace;
  • An increase in the minimum wage;
  • Access to affordable, quality health care and child care;
  • A solid education; and
  • Paid family leave;

“Those are real issues that mean something to American families. This is about affording every single person dignity.

“Now, on paid family leave let me say something to this group. As Paul Ryan exacts concessions and tries to cobble together enough of his conference to become the next Speaker of the House, he was very clear about his concerns on his family time, particularly because of his young children.

“Isn’t it great that Paul Ryan can have that conversation in public and not be criticized for daring to ask for more time with his family? I wonder if his name was….Paula Ryan, if it would have been so easy for him to speak out?

“Congressman Ryan, you deserve quality time with your family. I especially know how precious that is. But every mother and father in America deserves that time too, and we Democrats will be loud and clear in calling on you to make paid family leave a priority at the outset of your Speakership.

“You don’t have to be a brain surgeon, or even a political scientist for that matter, to know which party is talking about advancing this and other important issues, and which party is talking about rolling back progress and taking us back to the failed policies of the past.

“Democrats, of course, are the party of inclusion, empowerment, and opportunity for all, and our candidates walk the walk on a number of issues important to women and families. For example:

  • Bernie Sanders has made passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act a pillar of his campaign.
  • Martin O’Malley has been a strong advocate for making paid leave available to all moms and dads.
  • Hillary Clinton is fighting hard to protect women’s comprehensive health care.
  • And Lincoln Chafee has highlighted the importance of early childhood education and environmental integrity, which we all know have significant impacts on the health and wellness of families.

“Republican presidential candidates, of course, want to bring back the tired, old trickle-down economic policies that benefit the well-connected at the expense of women and working families. Just look at their rhetoric and actions on equal pay for example!:

  • Jeb Bush doesn’t think more laws are necessary to ensure equal pay, and didn’t even know what the Paycheck Fairness Act was when he was asked about it.
  • Chris Christie vetoed equal pay legislation, calling it “senseless bureaucracy.”
  • Marco Rubio said the Paycheck Fairness Act was about “scoring political points,” “wasting time,” and was a “show vote.”
  • Rand Paul compared the Paycheck Fairness Act to the Soviet Politburo.

“And that’s just one issue!

  • Ted Cruz was all about shutting the government down over Planned Parenthood. He of course would know how to do this since he was the architect of the 2013 shutdown that cost the economy $24 billion and put thousands of families’ immediate economic security at risk.
  • Marco Rubio has indicated he’d ban all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest.
  • Jeb Bush actually boasted about his record of defunding women’s health care.
  • And the front runners, Donald Trump and Ben Carson? Don’t get me started…I mean, what are they even talking about, anyway?
    • Trump with his outright misogyny and Ben Carson’s offensive comments that have sought to shame and blame women on issues like abortion and violence.

“Bottom line: we can’t let the Republicans get away with their distortions and their warped vision of women’s rights in America in the 21st century, and I know if this crowd has anything to do with it, they won’t!

Washington, D.C. – In response to Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement that he will not run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“I appreciate Vice President Joe Biden giving thoughtful consideration to seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. While Vice President Biden will not be a candidate next year, his unwavering commitment to America’s working families is a legacy each of our candidates will proudly carry forward.

“There are few people in Washington over the last four decades who have been a greater champion for middle class Americans than Joe Biden. For the last seven years, Vice President Biden has served as one of President Obama’s closest advisers and played a critical role in advancing middle-class economics that brought our country back from a severe recession that was costing our economy 750,000 jobs a month. Prior to joining the Obama ticket in 2008, Senator Biden was one of the Senate’s most respected voices. His voice and support in the upcoming presidential election for whoever emerges as our nominee will be a powerful reminder of how much is at stake for hard working Americans.

“I was proud to work on then Senator Biden's campaign for president as a college student during the 1988 election cycle. The confidence in his leadership that inspired me then, when I did not know him personally, was affirmed as I sponsored legislation with him in Congress and came to know him well, while serving as the Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

“I know that Joe Biden’s service to his country will not end when he leaves office, and I look forward to seeing what challenges the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden choose to take on after our next Democratic president assumes office in January 2017.”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in response to the first Democratic Debate in Las Vegas:

"I congratulate all of our Democratic candidates for President, for the American people are surely the winners of last night's debate.  On that stage, they saw and heard from our party's candidates, one of whom will go on to be the 45th President of the United States, based on the substance of their policies and their vision for moving our nation forward.
"In just two and a half hours of debate, our Democratic candidates covered more serious topics and bold ideas than the GOP candidates could muster in nearly 10 hours of debate. By a long shot.
"The contrast between each party's candidates, values and policies was demonstrated in stark terms last night. Our candidates laid out their vision for continuing our economic progress through increasing the minimum wage and ensuring equal pay for women and made clear their priorities for our future through their support for combatting climate change, enacting gun violence prevention measures, making college more affordable and fixing our broken immigration system.
"The Republicans have and will likely continue to treat their debates like a reality TV show, continuing to snipe at one another, showcasing their divisive and offensive policies– policies that would take away access to health care and kick immigrants out of our country; and roll back progress for middle class families and hardworking Americans by enacting the same old, tired trickle-down economics that preceded an economic collapse and failed in the past.
“I'm thrilled that this debate set a record for the most watched Democratic debate in history and proud of our candidates for their commitment to a substantive debate that drew a clear contrast for voters on the choice they will have in the 2016 general election.
"Thank you to CNN, Facebook, the Nevada Democratic Party and the incredible, unionized staff of the Wynn hotel for helping put on an incredible, record-setting debate for our candidates and for the American people. As we move forward into the 2016 cycle, I look forward to our future debates and additional events and opportunities for our candidates to get their message out and connect with voters."

Washington, DC—President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidates Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders will address the Democratic Women’s Alliance on Friday, October 23 at the Women’s Leadership Forum 22nd Annual Issues Conference. 

Attendees will also hear from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The Alliance will hold the Issues Conference October 22-23 at the Grand Hyatt—1000 H St. NW, Washington, DC 20001.

At the forum, President Obama and the Democratic presidential candidates will once again show that the choice the American people will face in next November’s election couldn’t be more important. When it comes to protecting quality, affordable health care, ensuring equal pay for women, fixing our broken immigration system, raising the minimum wage, protecting our environment, and continuing the economic progress we’ve seen under President Obama’s leadership, it is clear that we must elect a Democrat as the next President of the United States to build on the progress we have made. This event will give our candidates another chance to present their visions for how to keep America moving forward.

President Obama, Leader Pelosi, Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz and the candidates’ remarks at the Women’s Leadership Forum will be open press. Additional details on schedule, logistics and media credentialing are forthcoming.

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in response to the Republican dysfunction in the House of Representatives:

“Republican dysfunction in the House of Representatives is preventing Congress from taking action to help middle class families and create greater opportunity for every American. House Republicans continue to waste taxpayer time and money on baseless investigations and government shutdowns. The Tea Party caucus has now claimed one Speaker and two Speakers-in-waiting.

“Meanwhile, Democrats have created 13 million jobs, 67 straight months of private sector job growth, and extended access to quality, affordable health care for 17 million Americans. The choice for American voters between Democrats and Republicans could not be any more clear.”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in response to House Republicans creating a committee to investigate Planned Parenthood:
"Using taxpayer dollars to advance an extreme right wing agenda is apparently the trend for House Republicans these days. Just last week, Kevin McCarthy admitted that political attacks were the purpose of the Benghazi committee, and now House Republicans are creating a new committee to attack women’s health care. But they’re not the only ones. Just yesterday, GOP presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz revealed that they too want taxpayer money to go towards attacking Planned Parenthood, and the rest of the field is cheering on Congress to waste time attempting to limit access to women’s health. Instead of launching another wasteful and costly fight, House Republicans and their field of presidential candidates ought to start listening to women, and working on the true priorities of the American people, which include building the cornerstones of a middle class life."

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in response to a Republican idea to drug-test Medicare recipients:

“Over the years, I’ve witnessed countless attempts by Republicans to shred the social safety net, but I have to admit that supporting drug testing Medicare recipients is a new low.

“Medicare benefits are earned over a lifetime of hard work. Like Social Security, beneficiaries have often paid into these programs for decades. To undermine Medicare and Social Security is to break a sacred promise our nation has made to its seniors, including tens of thousands of my constituents in South Florida. And it doesn’t matter if that means drug-testing seniors, or if it means privatizing Social Security or turning Medicare into a voucher program like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and other Republicans have supported.

“I hope that the Republicans running for President not only denounce this proposal, which is both discriminatory and a waste of taxpayer funds, but promise that they will not make other changes to Medicare that would deny access to care or erode the benefits to which America’s seniors have earned.” 

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a breast cancer survivor, released the following statement today to commemorate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

“Today, I am proud to join millions of women who have been affected by breast cancer, and their families, in our vocal support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“As a survivor, I share my story to raise awareness in hopes of helping other young women. I was just forty-one, and only six weeks removed from getting back the clean results of my first mammogram, when I discovered the lump during a self-examination. Even when I initially consulted my doctor, I was advised that I was likely too young to have breast cancer and advised to wait and watch. Instead, after further discussions, we decided to proceed with the biopsy. Thankfully, I was able to detect it early, and today I am seven years healthy and cancer free.

“My own experience is a testament to the importance of education and awareness in combatting a disease against which knowledge is the best tool we have. Many young women in situations like mine are reflexively dismissed because young women are a minority of breast cancer patients. It was not until after I was diagnosed that I learned that because I’m an Ashkenazi Jew, I was five times more likely to have a gene mutation which makes my chances of getting breast cancer as high as 85 percent. Subsequent test results showed I carried the BRCA2 genetic mutation.

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Americans now have access to free preventive care, including mammograms, and breast cancer survivors like me can no longer be discriminated against by insurance companies for having a pre-existing condition. Under President Obama and Democrats, millions of women have gained access to quality, affordable health care. We will continue to defend organizations like Planned Parenthood, who have been a vital resource for countless women in the fight against breast cancer by conducting breast examinations and providing referrals for access to mammograms.

“This October, celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by making sure that your mother and daughters, sisters and friends, are armed with the information they need to win this fight.”


While Democrats fight on behalf of the American people to maintain quality, affordable health care for millions of women and breast cancer survivors across the country, Republicans running for President are offering the exact opposite, and promising to reinstate failed policies of the past.

Every single one of the Republicans running for presidents wants to take us back by repealing the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurance companies to cover breast cancer screenings. And each one of the Republican candidates have called for defunding Planned Parenthood, even though its affiliates performed 487,000 breast exams last year.

Jeb Bush

  • Vetoed $2 million for breast cancer research in Florida.
  • Questioned the value of women’s health.
  • Falsely claimed that Planned Parenthood wasn’t “actually doing women’s health issues.”
  • Would repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Donald Trump

  • Would repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • Proposed shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood funding.

Marco Rubio

  • Would repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • Voted against a measure that would protect a woman’s access to primary and preventive care.
  • Would defund Planned Parenthood.

John Kasich

  • Proposed a budget to eliminate Medicaid coverage for breast cancer screenings, and exclude coverage for some low-income women.
  • Would repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Chris Christie

  • Proposed significant cuts to a New Jersey commission that administers the state breast cancer research fund.
  • Vetoed funding for cancer screenings, STI treatments, birth control, and pap tests.
  • Proposed an insurance program in New Jersey that would effectively eliminate mammogram coverage for many women.

Ben Carson

  • Would repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • Would cut medical research funding at the National Institutes of health.

Ted Cruz

  • Led the fight to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act and pushed to do it again over defunding Planned Parenthood.
  • Voted against women’s access to health care, including primary and preventive care, family planning and birth control.

Carly Fiorina

  • Supported a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding.
  • Would repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Rand Paul

  • Would repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • Questioned if the federal government should fund breast cancer research.
  • Proposed a budget that would make significant cuts to the National Institutes of Health.

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today on House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s shameful admission that House Republicans “fought” to “put together a Benghazi” select committee at taxpayer expense to influence the 2016 presidential election:

“In the same week that House Republicans threatened to shut down the government and wasted taxpayer money on a baseless investigation over Planned Parenthood, we now hear from the House Majority Leader himself that Republicans in Congress ‘fought’ for a Benghazi select committee to improperly inject Congress into the 2016 presidential election, seeking to do political harm to former Secretary Hillary Clinton, who wasn't even a candidate at the time. It shows how far they'll go to put politics first and nation second. 

“This is why the American people are frustrated with Washington. Unfortunately, these antics aren’t limited to Congress. Republican presidential candidates were all too ready to support a government shutdown this week knowing that the last one cost our economy $24 billion. The American people deserve a president and representatives in Congress who will fight for them rather than for partisan political antics that waste taxpayers’ time and money.”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today after Jeb Bush said, “I don’t think it should change,” in response to a question about the Washington D.C. football team’s name, a term many Native Americans find offensive:
“Jeb Bush’s support of the Washington football team’s name and mascot is extremely insulting to Native American people and is one of many reasons he will not earn the Native American vote. The team’s name is a racial slur that perpetuates negative stereotypes of Native American people, and reduces proud cultures to an insulting caricature.
“Over the past few weeks, Jeb Bush has shown a shocking disregard for America’s diverse society. First, during an exchange about immigration from Latin America, he slurred American children born in this country to immigrants. Then, he clarified that the offensive term he used was, ‘frankly, more related to Asian people.’ Last week, he insulted African-Americans, implying that they only voted for Democrats because of ‘free stuff,' and also said America should not have a multicultural society. So much for the Republican Party’s plan to appeal to minorities.”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in response to House Republicans’ wasteful investigation of Planned Parenthood:

“Once again, House Republicans have wasted taxpayer time and money to conduct a wasteful investigation into baseless allegations. Their efforts to try to score cheap political points instead of governing on behalf of hardworking families is exactly why the American people are frustrated with Washington. Just as stunning, the Republican field of presidential candidates is equally out of touch, whether it's Jeb Bush questioning the value of women's health care, Marco Rubio's support of abortion bans even in cases of rape and incest, Donald Trump and others insisting we shut down the government over Planned Parenthood, or Carly Fiorina's string of lies about the organization, today's Republican Party simply doesn't take women's health seriously.

“As a breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand the importance of ensuring all women have access to breast examinations and referrals for mammograms. That's what Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards' strong defense of her organization's work was all about, the millions of women, and their families, who depend on those vital health services. Defunding Planned Parenthood would threaten access to life-saving preventive care for men and women who have nowhere else to turn. The condescending tone and constant interruptions of Ms. Richards from Republicans on the panel were simply inappropriate and unacceptable for anyone testifying before Congress. Considering their poor understanding of this issue and what Planned Parenthood means to millions of families, House Republicans and their field of presidential candidates ought to start listening to women, including Ms. Richards, instead of speaking over them.”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in response to Speaker John Boehner's resignation from Congress:

"I thank John Boehner for his service to the American people.

"I have always known John Boehner to be a kind and decent man. As someone who proudly wears my heart on my sleeve, it has always been clear to me that John Boehner is the same way. Despite our policy disagreements, his motivation for public service is evident in his strong commitment to the people of Ohio and this country.

"After sharing my own experience with breast cancer publicly, I asked John Boehner to sign on to the EARLY Act, my legislation to educate and empower young women with the information and support they need to help diagnose breast cancer early. He explained that he had cosponsored very few pieces of legislation while serving as Speaker. Days later, he shouted my name across the House chamber and offered a big thumbs up. Having his support on this issue meant so much to me personally and was impactful for millions of women across the country.

"John Boehner’s tenure as Speaker has certainly been made more difficult by the members of his caucus pushing extreme policies, but when push came to shove, he understood Congress’ basic responsibilities, like refusing to default on our nation’s debts, and was willing to work with Leader Pelosi when necessary.

"If it turns out that John Boehner was forced aside so that Republicans can force a government shutdown, then our country is certainly worse off for the end of his service."

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in response to Pope Francis' address to Congress:

"The opportunity to hear directly from Pope Francis during his address to a Joint Meeting of Congress today was a true honor. I believe his messages of social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and compassion for immigrants and refugees resonate with all Americans regardless of their political stripes or their faith background.

"In particular, I was very moved when he said ‘if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.’

"These values are what Democrats fight for day in and day out - access to the cornerstones of a middle class life for all through quality health care, a solid education, economic mobility, and retirement security.

"I send Pope Francis well wishes and safe travels on his continued journey of hope, compassion, and fairness to New York and Philadelphia, and thank him again for addressing Congress."

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement to mark Yom Kippur:

“Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest of days in the Jewish faith. We conclude the Days of Awe with family, fasting, and prayer. Through teshuvah, we repent for our sins and turn back to God.

“This year’s observance will coincide with the visit of the Catholic Pope to several American cities, an opportune reminder that our diversity is one of our nation’s greatest strengths. People of every creed are able to exercise the tenets of their faith in this country, and we ask little more than that you respect the right of others to do the same.

“From my family to yours, Tzom Kal and G’mar Chatimah Tovah, wishing you an easy fast and may you be inscribed in the Book of Life.”

Washington, D.C. – In this Republican field, the sad truth is often stranger than the wildest fiction.

Today, as the sun is setting for Yom Kippur – the Jewish Day of Atonement and the most holy day on the Jewish calendar – Senator Marco Rubio will hold a fundraiser in a home that features two paintings by Adolf Hitler, a signed copy of Hitler’s autobiography, Mein Kampf, and a cabinet full of place settings and linens used by the Nazi leader.

You really can’t make this stuff up.

“An event at a home with items like these is appalling at any time of the year. Adding insult to injury, Rubio is holding this event on the eve of the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. Holding an event in a house featuring the artwork and signed autobiography of a man who dedicated his life to extinguishing the Jewish people is the height of insensitivity and indifference. There’s really no excuse for such a gross act of disrespect. Mr. Rubio, who by the way, represents a sizable Jewish population in our home state of Florida, should cancel this tasteless fundraiser. It is astounding that the presence of these items that represent horror for millions of Jews the world over, would not stop Mr. Rubio or anyone on his team in their tracks when planning this event.” – DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in honor of National Voter Registration Day:

“Today is National Voter Registration Day. Over the years, our nation has grown stronger as we guarantee more Americans the right to vote. By educating and encouraging potential voters to register, we ensure that more Americans are able to exercise this fundamental right.

“Fifty years after the Voting Rights Act became law, it is difficult to believe that many in the Republican Party are trying to make voting harder instead of easier. Restrictive voter ID laws, cutting back early voting periods, and eliminating same day registration are moves that disproportionately harm women, students, seniors, and communities of color.

“Through the DNC and the Voter Expansion Project, it is our mission to ensure every eligible voter is registered, every registered voter is able to vote, and that every vote is accurately counted. As Democrats, we believe that our nation and our democracy are stronger when more people participate.”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to GOP candidates’ comments on Muslim-Americans today:

“In interviews today, not one, not two, not three, but four GOP candidates for president failed to clearly support the concept that a person’s religious beliefs should not disqualify him or her from being president. It’s hard to understand what’s so difficult about supporting an American citizen’s right to run for president, but unsurprisingly, this left Republicans scratching their heads. Of course a Muslim, or any other American citizen, can run for president, end of story. To think otherwise is not only harmful to our political process, but it elevates and validates discrimination in this country. John Kasich, Ben Carson, Rand Paul and Donald Trump should apologize and state clearly where they stand.”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to Republicans voting to defund Planned Parenthood:
“Today, Congressional Republicans expressed their willingness to jeopardize the health and safety of millions of American women by denying funding to Planned Parenthood. Across the country, women and their families depend on Planned Parenthood as a trusted health care provider, and this move would leave many with nowhere else to turn for the care they rely on.
“We already know that Jeb Bush thinks we spend too much on women’s health services, and that Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and others in the Republican presidential field are willing to shut down the government in their quest to defund Planned Parenthood. Recklessly shutting down the government to deny women access to health care will hurt our economy, when we could instead focus on strengthening the middle class by guaranteeing women equal pay, raising the minimum wage, and improving paid leave policies.”

Washington, DC — Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced today that Luis Miranda will return to the Democratic National Committee as Communications Director at the beginning of October. Miranda has a long record of public service, as a Democratic communications strategist, and previously ran a 50-state regional communications program at the DNC for then-Chairman Howard Dean.

“We're thrilled to have Luis join the Democratic National Committee team as our Communications Director, bringing with him a long record of public service as well as a winning campaign record," said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “Luis’ tremendous experience working on issue advocacy, at the White House, at the Democratic National Committee, and on campaigns at all levels make him an incredible addition to our team and will help us promote policies that strengthen the middle class, and win in 2016.”

"I am grateful to DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz for asking me to serve at this historic moment as the American people prepare to elect their next president,” said Miranda. “I’m looking forward to helping tell the stories of the millions who now enjoy health care they previously couldn’t afford, or are back to work thanks to the longest streak of private sector job growth on record, or have the support to pursue an education because Democrats fought so fiercely to protect and expand opportunities for all. I am proud to join a DNC team that has been critical to those successes, and that is working to elect a president who will keep America moving forward.”

Most recently Luis worked as a strategic communications consultant based in Washington, DC with a variety of advocacy clients. From 2009 through 2013 Luis served as a spokesperson and Director of Hispanic Media for President Barack Obama at the White House, playing a key role in developing the Administration’s messaging on immigration reform and border security. Luis began his career working for then-Minority Leader Dick Gephardt and then-Chairman Patrick Kennedy at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), served as a spokesman for then-Senator John Kerry during his presidential campaign, and ran a 50-state regional communications program for then-Chairman Howard Dean at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), helping Democrats recapture Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008. He also worked for the 2000 Gore campaign in Florida, including on operations for the Florida recount.

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month:
“Hispanic Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of Hispanic Americans and the integral role they’ve played in our society, begins today. From communities who have lived here for generations and helped build our country into what it is today, to immigrants who arrived in search of a better life for their families, to the DREAMers who are among the brightest hope for our future, we celebrate Hispanic Americans.
“It is troubling when a Republican candidate like Donald Trump enters the presidential race spewing hateful rhetoric about Mexican immigrants and jumps to the top of the polls. It is frustrating to see other Republican candidates follow his lead by endorsing some of the same divisive immigration policies. But it is downright disheartening to see Republicans suggest denying the American citizenship of children born in this country to undocumented parents, with even Jeb Bush referring to these American children using a vile and disgusting term.
“These Republicans would do well to take some time over the next month to learn and appreciate the rich heritage of Hispanic Americans. Just as importantly, they should join Democrats in supporting policies – like increasing the minimum wage, promoting equal pay, expanding opportunities for higher education, and ensuring access to quality, affordable health care – that help Hispanic middle class families, and those still climbing the ladders of success to get there.
“Hispanic Americans are valuable members of our community, and comprehensive immigration reform will help bring more of our friends and neighbors out of the shadows. Meanwhile the Democratic Party will continue to support President Obama’s plan to keep immigrant families together and will keep fighting for the American Dreams of Hispanic communities across the country.”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement as Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown today:

“A new year is a special time. It is a time to gather with our family and friends, reflect on the days that have passed, and an opportunity to embrace the promise of renewal and look forward to what the new year will bring.

“On Rosh Hashanah, Jews around the world will come together, guided by the principles of teshuvah, tefillah, and tzedakah. During these High Holidays, I will join my family and community in the spirit of prayer, fellowship, and understanding. We will also rededicate ourselves to the tenets of our faith that dictate our responsibility to help others.

“As we start the year 5776, we face serious challenges that will shape the prospects of peace and security. We must be vigilant in ensuring the safety of America, Israel, and our allies from those who would threaten it. We are also compelled to look inward, and lift up those around us who are less fortunate, extending the ladders of success to ensure that everyone can reach the opportunities that many of us already enjoy.”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act:

“Today is the 21st anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act being signed into law. For more than two decades, this law has provided life-saving assistance to millions of women and families across the country and strengthened critical services for the survivors of violent crime, while holding the perpetrators of such crimes accountable.

“This is an issue that has garnered widespread support among the American people, especially over the last year, as we have confronted the images and aftermath of domestic violence. But each of the sitting Republican Senators seeking their party’s presidential nomination voted against reauthorizing VAWA. Additionally, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and others oppose a woman’s right to an abortion, even in cases where the woman is a survivor of rape or incest. And Jeb Bush suggested we are spending too much on women’s health care.

“Preventing violence against women, and extending support to those who have been victims of these crimes, are important steps to which Democrats remain committed. However, we must go further to ensure that women are treated with dignity and respect. That includes ensuring equal pay, preventing a return to a health care system in which insurance companies can discriminate against women, and allowing a woman to make her own health care decisions. The Democratic Party will continue to fight on behalf of women and their families.”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in honor of Patriot Day:

“On the morning of September 11, 2001, Americans watched in disbelief as we witnessed an attack that claimed the lives of thousands of our loved ones and neighbors. Seeing the courage of the first responders who rushed to aid those in distress, our nation was roused into action to set aside our differences and come together. At one of the darkest moments in our nation’s history, our shared values shone through as a beacon of hope.

“In 2010, Democrats passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, providing the care and support individuals affected by the 9/11 attacks deserve. But the recent passing of Marcy Borders, whose unforgettable photo served as haunting evidence of the horrors experienced that day, is a reminder that there are many of these Americans who still need our help. Congress must pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act before the funding for one of these critical programs expires at the end of this month.

“Today, we have chosen to mark this anniversary as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Thus, by working together to help others, we show our enemies that they have not weakened us, but have instead strengthened the bonds and values that are what is best about America. We must rely on that common sentiment to see us through our current and future challenges.”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in celebration of Labor Day:

“This Labor Day, like every day, the Democratic Party reaffirms our commitment to America’s working men and women. Every hardworking American deserves a fair shot and a chance to get ahead. Every hardworking American is entitled to earn a living wage on which they can support their family, to afford a quality education and reliable child care for their children, and to save for a secure retirement. Access to quality, affordable health care is a right, not a privilege granted by one’s employer. And no American should face discrimination in the workplace based on who they are or whom they love. These are the cornerstones of a middle class life which all Americans deserve the opportunity to achieve.
“For more than a century, organized labor has been essential in helping secure these rights and others for working Americans. Democrats continue to stand with American workers in fighting to protect the right to collectively bargain, for an increase in the minimum wage, to guarantee equal pay for women in the workplace, to implement trade policies that protect the rights of workers at home and abroad, and to pursue comprehensive immigration reform that protects workers from being taken advantage of by a broken immigration system.

“The Democratic Party embraces American workers and organized labor as a partner in shared prosperity, while Republicans view them as an adversary to be defeated. We will continue fighting for America’s middle class families, and those still climbing the ladders of success to get there.”

Washington, D.C. – In response to Jeb Bush’s claim that the “federal government shouldn’t be involved in gun laws,” DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“In claiming that there is no role for the federal government in regulating gun safety, Jeb Bush is insisting that Americans simply must accept future violence and leave a response to the possibility of a state-by-state solution. I am speechless.

“Republicans like Jeb Bush should put the wishes of the American people, who demand action like universal background checks, ahead of the endorsement of special interest groups. They must stop excusing the murders of our neighbors as the inevitable price we pay for constitutional liberties. Geography should not determine whether one has basic protections from gun violence. 

“There is much we must do to address gun violence in this nation, and the federal government must play a role in making that happen. Recently my colleague Senator Chris Murphy (CT) asserted that Congress’ silence in the wake of mass shootings amounts to complicity. To remain silent or to discourage action is to be complicit in the future shootings that will occur.”

Today, Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will address the DNC Summer Meeting in Minneapolis.

Below please find excerpts of her remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Every single one of our candidates believes to their core that middle class families are worth fighting for, and those still struggling to get there themselves. The next Democratic candidate – no matter who he or she may be – is committed to ensuring all Americans have a level playing field and a fair shot to get ahead. 

“The same cannot be said for the Republican Party.  Simply, they are out-of-touch, and their policies are outdated. They want to turn back the clock, to the failed policies of the past.  It doesn’t matter how many candidates Republicans have, because they’re all working from the same, old, tired Republican playbook of policies that hurt women, immigrants, and the middle class.  

“Last week Scott Walker came here to Minnesota and announced his so-called health care plan. I bet you can guess what it does:

  • Immediately takes away health care coverage from 19 million Americans;
  • Puts insurance companies back in control, allowing them to discriminate against women and make it harder to get insurance if you have a pre-existing condition;
  • Increases seniors’ out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and preventive care; and
  • Cuts health funding for low-income seniors, people with disabilities, children, pregnant women and others who depend on Medicaid.

“Sound familiar? Of course it does, because it’s the same Republican repeal plan they’ve been pushing for years.

“The Affordable Care Act has survived two Supreme Court cases, nearly sixty votes to repeal it in the House of Representatives, and a presidential election already. And 16 million Americans have insurance because of it!

“But every Republican running for President has pledged to repeal the law, taking that peace of mind away from millions of Americans.”

“Within the last month, we’ve celebrated the 50th anniversaries of Medicare and Medicaid, and the 80th anniversary of Social Security!

“These programs represent a sacred promise between America and its people. Representing south Florida, I know first-hand how many older Americans rely on Medicare and Social Security so they can retire with the dignity they deserve.

“Democrats put these programs in place and we intend to keep our promise, and to strengthen it as well. But Republicans – they’re looking for any excuse they can to break that promise.

“Many Republicans, including Rand Paul and Chris Christie, have suggested raising the retirement age, pushing the prospect of a secure retirement further out of reach for many Americans. Jeb Bush supported his brother’s plan to partially privatize Social Security and ‘phase out’ Medicare, putting Americans at risk of losing their retirement savings with the ups and downs of Wall Street. And John Kasich suggested his plan would cut benefits for Baby Boomers – who are already nearing retirement age and counting on the Social Security benefits they’ve earned.

“The Republican field simply doesn’t know or worse doesn’t care about what keeps senior citizens and middle class families up in the middle of the night, and they never will.”

“Unfortunately, it seems like the only way we are talking about immigration reform in this country is in response to what Donald Trump says.  Trump launched his campaign with a slew of hateful rhetoric about Mexican immigrants, propelling him right to the top of the Republican polls.

“While some Republicans have tried to distance themselves from Trump’s hateful rhetoric, the fact is they endorse some of the same policies.

“For example – last week Trump launched a debate about whether we should deny children the American citizenship they are guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. Republicans rushed to follow his lead – Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson all came out against birthright citizenship. Even Marco Rubio questioned it, and Jeb Bush called for greater enforcement against the U.S. citizen children of undocumented immigrants, using a vile term to describe them that I won’t repeat here.

“That’s right; it’s their language and their policies that are offensive.”


“Over the next fifteen months, remember that contrast, and remember what’s at stake in this election.

“Will we as Democrats keep moving our nation forward, building on the success of middle class economics to help families get ahead?

“Or do we give Republicans a chance to turn back the clock to the failed policies of the past, undoing the progress we’ve fought so hard to achieve?”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on the passing of Amelia Boynton Robinson: 

“Today we mark the loss of a true American hero in Amelia Boynton Robinson. She dedicated her life to the fight for justice and worked tirelessly to expand voting rights for all Americans.

“Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of joining Ms. Boynton Robinson, President Obama, Rep. John Lewis and others in Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma movement. The leadership and heroism she displayed on the Edmund Pettus Bridge helped lead to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Half a century later, we honor her by championing the guiding principle behind her life’s work: the belief that our nation and our democracy are stronger when more people have the ability to participate.

“My deepest condolences are with her family, friends, and all who drew inspiration from her courageous example.”

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on the passing of Louis Stokes: 

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Louis Stokes. He was a pioneer as the first African American member of Congress from Ohio and a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. During three decades of service in the House of Representatives, his service on the Appropriations, Intelligence and ethics committees contributed to his status as one of the chamber’s most respected and influential members. He was a leading voice in the fight to extend quality, affordable health care to all Americans as a right, and not a privilege.

“Just weeks ago, I was in Cleveland and had the opportunity to witness a revitalized city as the legacy of former Representative Stokes, and his brother and former Mayor of Cleveland, Carl Stokes. Louis Stokes will be remembered not just for his own rise from humble roots, but for those he lifted up behind him to follow in his footsteps.”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the 80th Anniversary of Social Security:

“Eighty years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, creating a promise that elderly Americans would be guaranteed an opportunity to retire with dignity after a lifetime of hard work.

“The creation of Social Security established a commitment by the American people that has grown stronger over time. Thirty years later, President Lyndon Johnson expanded on this promise, creating Medicare and Medicaid to ensure access to health care for seniors and those in need. Five years ago, President Obama and Democrats further solidified these promises by passing the Affordable Care Act.

“Republicans are determined to undermine a program that has worked for the last eight decades. Presidential candidates like Rand Paul and Chris Christie have suggested raising the retirement age, pushing the prospect of a secure retirement further out of reach for many Americans. Jeb Bush supported his brother’s plan to partially privatize Social Security, putting Americans at risk of losing their retirement savings with the ups and downs of Wall Street. And just this week John Kasich suggested his plan would cut benefits for Baby Boomers – who are already nearing retirement age and counting on the Social Security benefits they’ve earned.

“Since the Social Security Act was passed, the American people have held up their end of the bargain, working hard and pitching in so that their neighbors would not be left behind. Our leaders should be working on ways to fulfill and build on that promise, not looking for excuses to break it. As a representative of one of the largest pools of Social Security recipients in the United States, count me squarely on the side of strengthening this vital program.

“The Democratic Party has demonstrated our firm commitment to Social Security for the last eighty years, and it’s one among many reasons why the American people will elect a Democrat as the 45th President of the United States.”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on President Carter:
“My thoughts and well wishes are with President Carter, Mrs. Carter and their family. I wish him strength as he faces this challenge head on, as I am sure he will do with the same spirit with which he has always fought on behalf of others. It's been a particular pleasure to see President Carter on his recent travels, reflecting on a life of service and purpose. I know he has a lot of work left to do helping to create a better America and a better world.”

Cleveland – Today at 12:30 pm, Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will address the Cleveland City Club.

Below please find an excerpt as prepared for delivery from DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s remarks:

“And you can’t appeal to women when you want to take a woman’s health care options out of her hands.

“But Rand Paul and other Republicans have failed to learn that they have a bigger problem than just the tone of their message. The real problem is the content of that message - their policies and their actions.

“Remember Todd Akin – Mr. ‘legitimate rape’ and how a woman’s body can ‘shut that whole thing down’?

“Sure, we can laugh at his poor understanding of biology – but every Republican running for President still agrees with him about denying a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.

“Days after Jeb Bush suggested we were spending too much on women’s health, Bush actually boasted during the debate about defunding women’s health care.

“Marco Rubio said last night – and reiterated on CNN this morning – that he wants to ban all abortions - with no exceptions for rape or incest.

“Then, the morning after a Republican audience applauded Donald Trump’s disgusting, misogynistic comments, Walker turned down not one, but two chances to condemn Trump’s comments.

“Women around the country are watching and disagree with policies that fail to respect our right to make our own decisions. We will be heard, and we will vote.”

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on tonight’s GOP debates:
“During both debates today, we saw more of the out of date and out of touch policies that we’re used to seeing from these Republican candidates. Among the biggest losers of tonight’s debate were American women, who were attacked at every turn. We failed to hear any solutions for income inequality, and not even a mention of college affordability, equal pay, raising the minimum wage, or the Voting Rights Act on its fiftieth anniversary.
“Today’s Republican presidential candidates proved that the GOP is solely focused on taking us backwards with policies that cut taxes for the wealthy and leave the middle class behind.
“Tonight, Americans are going to ask themselves, which one of the candidates on that stage will look out for me? The answer is clear: not a single one of them.”

WASHINGTON – Today, Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced details for the DNC’s six presidential primary debates. This debate schedule reflects the Democratic Party’s diversity and values and will best position Democrats to win the White House next November.

“We are thrilled to announce the schedule and locations for our Democratic primary debates,” said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  “These six debates will not only give caucus goers and primary voters ample opportunity to hear from our candidates about their vision for our country’s future, they will highlight the clear contrast between the values of the Democratic Party which is focused on strengthening the middle class versus Republicans who want to pursue out of touch and out of date policies.”

  • October 13 – CNN – Nevada
  • November 14 – CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register – Des Moines, IA 
  • December 19 – ABC/WMUR – Manchester, NH
  • January 17 – NBC/Congressional Black Caucus Institute – Charleston, SC
  • February or March – Univision/Washington Post – Miami, FL
  • February or March – PBS – Wisconsin

Each Democratic State Party will serve as a debate co-host in their own state.

Additional details about debate dates, locations and partnerships will be announced soon.

To learn more about the Democratic Primary debates, read DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Medium post here.

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid:

“Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. For half a century, these programs have existed as a sacred promise between America and its people: that if you work hard and play by the rules, they will be there for you when you need it. Prior to their creations, too many seniors had no reliable health care and medical costs bankrupted too many hard-working families.

“In recent years, the Affordable Care Act has helped us to better fulfill the goals of Medicare and Medicaid. The cost-saving measures introduced have extended the life of the Medicare trust fund. More than sixteen million Americans have gained access to quality, affordable health care, and it would be millions more if more Republican governors would finally accept the law’s Medicaid expansion.

“Despite the undeniable success of Medicare and Medicaid, their continued existence is in jeopardy. Just recently, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush expressed his desire to “phase out” the Medicare program. Marco Rubio’s so-called “New American Century” would undo the progress of the last, by turning Medicare into a voucher system. And Republicans running for President in 2016 have endorsed a plan to end Medicare as we know it.

“Medicare and Medicaid are promises that America must keep. Democrats are committed to fulfilling these promises, and strengthening them for generations to come.”

Washington, DC— Democratic presidential candidates Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders and Jim Webb will address the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting in Minneapolis, the DNC announced today. 

Democratic National Committee members will be meeting to discuss party business August 27– 29 at the Hilton Minneapolis (1001 S. Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403). All of the candidates are scheduled to speak on August 28, 2015.

“The Summer Meeting is a great opportunity for our members to hear directly from each of our presidential candidates,” DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said. “Their policies and ideas to grow the economy, create jobs and make sure everyone has a chance to get ahead stand in stark contrast to the sixteen Republican candidates who want to take America backwards. I know our members will leave Minneapolis inspired to redouble their efforts to ensure that come November 2016, a Democrat is elected the 45th president of the United States.”

Additional details about the program will be announced soon.

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to a Trump spokesperson’s comments that “you can’t rape your spouse”:

“This is a new low. Rape is rape. Full stop. End of story. There is no difference or division between 'forcible', 'legitimate', 'marital' or any other label Republicans slap on before the word 'rape'. All rape is a disgusting violation, and Americans have fought too long and hard for that to be acknowledged to still have it questioned in 2015.  

“It's a pattern of outrageous comments that must stop, and Republicans should call it what it is - despicable."

Washington, D.C. – Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on Mike Huckabee’s comments:

“From questioning President Obama’s religion to questioning whether or not President Obama loves America to asserting President Obama isn’t an American, we thought we had seen everything from the Republican Party and its presidential candidates.

“But now, the most liked Republican presidential primary candidate Mike Huckabee said that President Obama is marching Israelis to ‘the door of the oven’.

“This rhetoric, while commonplace in today’s Republican presidential primary, has no place in American politics. Cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable. Mike Huckabee must apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement.”

Washington, D.C. – With John Kasich’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“We don’t need even one day of John Kasich out on the campaign trail to tell us what kind of president he would be. Kasich’s time as a congressman, governor, and at a Wall Street firm have shown us that he will continue his divisive record of putting his own best interests ahead of the people of Ohio and the middle class.

“From championing the original government shutdown in the mid-1990s that cost taxpayers as much as $800 million to serving as a managing director for one of the investment banks that was integral to the 2008 crash and subsequent economic crisis that put nearly 9 million Americans out of work, John Kasich’s callous actions are only matched by his notoriously dismissive attitude toward hardworking Americans. As governor of Ohio, Kasich has cut taxes for the wealthy while placing stress on local governments to clean up his messes. He’s cut almost $2 billion in education funding and signed some of the most restrictive women’s health laws in the country.

“We’ve seen John Kasich’s pro-John Kasich policies in action, and we deserve better. John Kasich is simply out of touch with today’s middle class and working Americans. Adding insult to injury, he brings more of the same divisive rhetoric and policies that are already prevalent among his fifteen fellow contenders, which is the last thing America needs.”

Washington, D.C. – With Scott Walker’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“With today’s announcement, Scott Walker has indicated that he intends to bring his Wisconsin brand of politics to Washington, but the reality is that he’s already brought the worst of Washington to Wisconsin.

“To promote adherence to his rigid partisan views and to please the special interests that have backed his campaigns, Walker has pit the people of Wisconsin against each other in contentious ideological fights. He’s gutted education, refused investments in infrastructure and health care, and shuttered women’s health clinics, while pushing tax policies that have overwhelmingly benefitted the wealthiest few. 

“Walker promised to eliminate the deficit but his state was $2.2 billion in the red, and Walker’s Wisconsin sits at the bottom in his region for job growth, while his job-creation agency is mired in mismanagement and questions about tax credits that went to his political donors.

“It’s that type of divisive, ineffective politics, and mismanagement that middle class Americans don’t need any more of in Washington. Walker simply has the wrong priorities for America.”

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to House Republicans’ tone-deaf stance on the Confederate Flag:

“The last 24 hours in the House of Representatives are some of the darkest I have witnessed as a Member of Congress.  

“The American people need to know that their GOP-controlled Congress deceitfully pursued an effort to defend the Confederate Flag.

“This is an example of the GOP’s abhorrent tone-deafness to what is happening across the nation in the wake of the Charleston tragedy, as South Carolina is set to remove this symbol of hatred from their capitol tomorrow and the American people engage in a dialogue to move past our history of racial prejudice and towards a more tolerant future.

“The leaders of the Republican Party should be ashamed. Their party’s insistence on clinging to a symbol of a shameful, racist period in American history is hurting our nation and places them in league with an ugly legacy.”

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement today celebrating Independence Day:
“As Thomas Jefferson wrote 239 years ago, 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.'"

“During times like last week, we are reminded of the extraordinary capacity for good that can come from the constant struggle to fulfill that ideal. On consecutive days, we saw necessary protections put in place to help ensure more Americans are healthy and able to fulfill their constitutional right to marry who they love no matter where they live. These victories help ensure that the rights many of us already enjoy do indeed extend to all Americans.

“Our founding fathers had the courage not just to declare their independence, but to challenge future generations to lift our nation to the heights to which they aspired. We continue their struggle by fighting for a living wage for workers, a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, unfettered access to voting, comprehensive immigration reform, and creating opportunities to pursue the American dream for all.

“I wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July.”

Washington, D.C. – In response to Jim Webb’s announcement that he will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“I welcome Jim Webb’s bid to seek the Democratic nomination for President in 2016. Senator Webb has a long and distinguished record of service to his country, both in the Marines and in public office. His leadership on the Post-9/11 GI Bill is a sterling example of the Democratic commitment to ensuring the opportunities available for our veterans when they return home.

“As the field of 2016 candidates rounds into shape, a stark contrast is developing between the Democratic and Republican parties. Democrats are fighting for middle class families, and those still struggling to get there. Republicans are concerned only with those already at the very top. Over the coming months, the difference between the Democratic plan to move our nation forward and Republican efforts to bring back the failed policies of the past will only grow more clear.”

With Immigrant Heritage Month coming to an end, Caucus and Council Chairs of the Democratic National Committee issued the following statements to reaffirm the Democratic Party’s strong support of immigrants and to celebrate the many positive contributions immigrants and their children have made to our country.  Recently, the chairs encouraged Democratic Members of Congress to co-sponsor S.Res. 216 and H.Res. 325 that both recognize June as “Immigrant Heritage Month” and thanked President Obama for his support of this important celebration too:

DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong: “The very fabric of our country is bound by the diverse ethnicities that make up each and every community. From small businesses to the sciences and technologies, from social engagement to national defense, and music to the arts, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to every part of the vibrant immigrant community and to our nation as a whole. During Immigrant Heritage Month, we recognize the sacrifices that our country’s immigrants have made in shaping this nation into what it is today as well as the role that they have in moving America forward.” 

DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair Iris Martinez: “We applaud President Obama for his support of Immigrant Heritage Month and Democrats Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Linda Sanchez for their leadership on Resolutions in the Senate and House to officially declare June Immigrant Heritage Month, and commend all the Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who have co-sponsored those Resolutions and encourage others to sign-on. The positive contributions of Hispanic immigrants and their families to our economy, culture, technology innovations and homeland security are immeasurable.  Their devotion to our country can be seen in every community across our nation.” 

DNC Ethnic Council Chair Dr. James Zogby: "My mom was a Democrat because, as she would always remind us, when her family came to America over a century ago, it was the Democratic party that welcomed them and helped them to settle in this New World. That is what our party did then and that is what we still do.  Immigration is central to America's story, just as supporting immigrants is central to our party's story. It defines who we are and what we have represented to the millions who have traveled to our shore seeking freedom and opportunity. I am, therefore, so pleased that our party is honoring Immigrant Heritage Month and I encourage all Democratic Members of Congress to co-sponsor S.Res. 216 and H.Res. 325 declaring June Immigrant Heritage Month and celebrating the many contributions of immigrants and their families.”

In honor of Immigrant Heritage Month, please enjoy these stories about why immigrants and the children of immigrants celebrate the values of the Democratic Party:

A Second Chance at Life
By Elvir Klempic (Bosnian-American)

Serving Our Nation
Conrad Nowak (Polish-American)

The Democratic Party, Home for All Americans
Amy Dacey (Irish and Polish-American)

My Mother, My Values, My Vote
James Zogby (Arab-American)

Remembering My Immigrant Grandparents’ Vision and Sacrifice 
Danica Opranica (Serbian-American)

Our Shared Immigrant History
Maureen Pikarski (Polish-American)

Washington, D.C. – With Chris Christie’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

"Now that Chris Christie is a candidate for President, he should be prepared to handle some blunt, straight-talk he may not like: his failed leadership has driven New Jersey’s economy off a cliff, leaving the middle class even further behind.

"As governor, Christie has led New Jersey to a record-setting nine credit downgrades, the third lowest private sector job growth in the country, and an unemployment rate among the highest in the region. The state has experienced significant budget shortfalls as Christie gave massive tax breaks to corporations and protected those at the very top while failing to meet his obligations to the middle class.

"Chris Christie spent 2014 and most of 2015 so far ignoring the problems he created at home while the state’s economic and fiscal crises worsened.

"His bullying style created a culture that led to the infamous Bridgegate scandal, and he's done nothing to solve New Jersey’s fiscal problems.

"Allow me to tell it like it is: Governor Christie doesn’t have solutions for America’s middle class, and he’d be a nightmare as President."

Washington, DC – Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage: 

“I enthusiastically applaud the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Obergefell v.Hodges. This decision, and what it means for the LGBT community, has been a long-time coming and is the result of decades of struggle and perseverance.

“Now, same-sex couples throughout the country will be guaranteed the recognition and legal protections they so fully deserve. No longer will their families be viewed as lesser in the eyes of the law.

“Last week I had the privilege of officiating a same-sex wedding right across the street from the Supreme Court building. It was clear that the love between Alex and Robert is no different than the love I share with my husband Steve. Love is love, and love is now the law.

“Today is a day of celebration, and as we move forward from this important victory, Democrats will continue fighting to ensure that nobody in this country faces discrimination because of who they are or whom they love.”

Washington, DC – Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act in King. v. Burwell:

“The Affordable Care Act has now withstood two Supreme Court cases, about sixty votes to repeal or undermine it in the House of Representatives, and a presidential election. The debate is settled – the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.

“More than sixteen million Americans have gained access to quality, affordable health care and the uninsured rate is at or near historic lows. The growth of health care spending is slowing and lifetime caps on health insurance benefits are gone. Never again will someone be discriminated against by their insurance company because of a pre-existing condition.

“But Republicans keep fighting to take that away from the American people. Their favorite word seems to be ‘repeal.’ Americans don’t want to see their family, friends, and neighbors lose their health insurance.

“Today’s decision is a victory for the American people, and Democrats will keep fighting to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care.”

Washington, DC – In response to some Republicans' comments today regarding the Confederate flag at the South Carolina State House, please see below a statement from Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: 

“For decades community leaders in South Carolina – and across the country – have been calling to get rid of this symbol of hatred, and action has been long overdue.  

"But this is just the beginning of a conversation we as a society need to have about race, bigotry and violence in this country – not the end of one.”

Washington, D.C. – Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on last night’s tragic shooting in Charleston, South Carolina: 

"Today, the nation mourns as we learn more about the harrowing shooting at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. As law enforcement continues its work and as the victims' families and community begin to heal, we are heartbroken and painfully reminded that our work is far from done. No one should ever have a reason to be afraid to go to their place of worship. We must recommit to ensuring our communities are safe from senseless and hateful acts of violence."

Washington, D.C. – With Jeb Bush’s upcoming announcement that he is running for president, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“Jeb Bush’s announcement later today that he’ll seek the Republican 2016 nomination is good news if you happen to be Jeb Bush or someone like him. Throughout his career, Jeb Bush has consistently put what is best for himself and those at the top above the priorities of working Americans.

“As governor of Florida, Jeb Bush slashed taxes by billions, largely benefitting the wealthy and corporations. Since leaving public office more than eight years ago, Bush has leveraged his family name to reap profits for himself, immersing himself in problematic corporate business deals and cashing in on Wall Street while Americans were hit by the financial crisis.

“We already know what to expect from a Bush Presidency, because we’ve seen it before. Jeb Bush supported his brother’s disastrous economic and foreign policies that made us weaker at home and abroad. He supported his brother’s plan to privatize Social Security and endorsed a budget that would end Medicare as we know it.

“But what makes the specter of a Jeb Bush presidency even more unpalatable is his belief in his own superiority and infallibility – in my 22 years in elected office I have never worked with someone who is as inflexible, uncompromising, and willing to do whatever it takes to get their way as Jeb Bush. These are not the qualities Americans need in their president if we are going to work together to get things done.

“On issue after issue, Jeb Bush’s indifference toward the concerns of the middle class, women, students, immigrants, seniors and the LGBT community shows he is as out of step with the American people as every other candidate in the Republican field.”

Declaraciones de la presidenta del DNC Debbie Wasserman Schultz sobre el anuncio de Jeb Bush

15 de junio de 2015

Washington, D.C. – Debbie Wasserman Schultz, presidenta del DNC, emitió las siguientes declaraciones sobre el anuncio de Jeb Bush:

“El anuncio que Jeb Bush hará hoy presentando su candidatura al nombramiento republicano para 2016 son buenas noticias si resulta que eres Jeb Bush o alguien como él. A lo largo de su carrera, Jeb Bush ha puesto lo que es mejor para él y los de arriba muy por encima de las prioridades de los trabajadores americanos.

“Como gobernador de Florida, Jeb Bush cercenó impuestos por miles de millones, beneficiando sobremanera a los ricos y a las corporaciones. Desde que abandonó los puestos públicos hace ocho años, Bush ha aprovechado su apellido para cosechar beneficios para si mismo, sumergiéndose en problemáticos negocios corporativos y haciendo caja en Wall Street mientras los americanos y americanas eran golpeados por la crisis financiera.

“Ya sabemos lo que esperar de una presidencia Bush, porque la hemos visto antes. Jeb Bush apoyó las desastrosas políticas exterior y económica de su hermano que nos debilitaron en casa y fuera. Apoyó el plan de su hermano para privatizar el Seguro Social y respaldó un presupuesto que acabaría con el Medicare tal y como lo conocemos.

“Pero lo que resulta todavía más desagradable del espectro de una presidencia de Jeb Bush es su creencia en su propia superioridad e infalibilidad – en mis 22 años en puestos público nunca he trabajado con alguien tan inflexible, intransigente y convencido de hacer lo que haga falta para salirse con la suya como Jeb Bush. Estas no son las cualidades que los americanos y americanas necesitan en su presidente si vamos a trabajar juntos para que las cosas funcionen.

“En un tema tras otro, la indiferencia de Jeb Bush hacia las preocupaciones de la clase media, las mujeres, los estudiantes, los inmigrantes, las personas mayores y la comunidad LGBT muestra lo desfasado que está respecto al pueblo americano, como también lo están el resto de candidatos en el campo republicano.”

WASHINGTON – Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced the senior leadership team for the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC).  The strong team assembled brings decades of both Convention and professional political experience, ensuring that the Convention in Philadelphia will be the best to date.

“Philadelphia is the birthplace of American democracy, rich in history and tradition, and we could not be more thrilled to bring the 2016 Democratic National Convention to that great city to nominate the next President of the United States” said Wasserman Schultz.

“The team we have put together showcases the diversity and talent of the Democratic Party, and they will work closely with our partners in Philadelphia to create an impactful event for the American people. This Convention is our opportunity to highlight what Democrats have accomplished through President Obama’s leadership and to share our vision for the future by nominating the 45th President of the United States.” 

In addition to previously announced Convention Chief Executive Officer, the Reverend Leah Daughtry, the DNC announced the following appointments:


Matthew Butler, former CEO for Media Matters for America, will be the DNCC’s Chief of Staff. Butler brings two decades of non-profit, campaign, and consulting experience to the Convention team.

Zoe Garmendia will join as the Deputy CEO for Logistics, with a vast background in the operations of Presidential Nominating Conventions and Presidential Inaugural Committees, serving in numerous capacities during the last five election cycles.  From 2009 to 2011, Zoe also served as Chief of Operations for the Office of Administration in the Executive Office of the President.

Travis Dredd has been selected as Deputy CEO for Convention Complex Management. Dredd, a Marine Corps veteran, served in leadership positions on behalf of the Executive Office of the President, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the last four Democratic Conventions, including his role as Convention chief of staff in 2012.

April Mellody will be Deputy CEO for Communications. She comes to the DNCC from the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). She brings extensive political, campaign and communications experience to the role, including work on several prior Democratic Conventions, in the private sector, for the 2010 Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race and as a spokesperson in the Clinton White House.

Brian Bond, Deputy CEO for Public Engagement, will join the DNCC team in September. Bond served as Deputy Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement from 2009-2011.  He has also served in numerous leadership roles at the DNC.

Andrew Binns will serve as Chief Innovation Officer. He brings over 12 years of innovative technology management and leadership to the DNCC. This is Binns' fourth Convention after having served as Chief Information Officer for the Charlotte 2012 Convention.

Washington, D.C. – With Rick Perry’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“Under Rick Perry’s tenure as governor, two Texases emerged. In one, his allies and special interests did well, benefiting from billions in tax breaks for big business and the wealthiest Texans. But in the other, it was working families and the poor who bore the burden of Perry’s policies. Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the nation, but Perry refused to expand Medicaid. Texas is the state with the most minimum wage workers, but Perry opposed raising the minimum wage. Perry also vetoed equal pay legislation and slashed billions from education funding.
“Rick Perry’s failed tenure as governor of Texas tells us everything we need to know about why he should never and won’t ever be President of the United States.”

Washington, D.C. – In response to Lincoln Chafee’s announcement that he will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“With Lincoln Chafee making it official that he will seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2016, his entrance is a welcome addition to the race. His commitment to public service has led him to answer the call at every level of government – at the local, state, and national levels. Throughout his career, he has consistently demonstrated the conviction to do what he felt was best for the people he represents.
“As a former Republican, Lincoln Chafee can help make the case that his old party no longer represents the best interests of the American people. The Democratic Party is the natural home for those of us who share the values and priorities of middle class families. I look forward to Governor Chafee sharing the stage with Secretary Clinton, Senator Sanders, Governor O’Malley and each of the candidates who will help Democrats make that argument for the American people.”

Washington, DC – With Lindsey Graham’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC National Press Secretary Holly Shulman released the following statement:
“The most telling piece of information from Lindsey Graham’s announcement is just how worried Republicans are about their current crop of disastrous presidential candidates. Instead of scaring people out or the race, the current field is scaring people in.
“Unfortunately for the Republican Party, Graham’s policies are most reminiscent of another GOP leader, George W. Bush. Graham has long been a champion of Bush’s failed economic policies, his disastrous foreign policy and his divisive social agenda. As president, he would embrace them again. 

“It is no surprise that Lindsey Graham, as everyone in the field is trying to claim, thinks he offers something unique. But when it comes down to it, he is the same as the rest of the GOP presidential field whose policies would take America backwards.”

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the passing of Beau Biden:

"It is difficult to find the words to adequately express my sincerest condolences to the Biden family on learning of the untimely passing of Beau Biden.

"Tonight, our country lost a committed public servant, someone who devoted his own life to making the lives of others better. Beau was steadfast in his defense of our principles, whether as a member of the Delaware National Guard or as the state's Attorney General. 

"But for all his professional accomplishments and his work on behalf of the people of Delaware, it is the personal loss for the Biden family that most saddens me at this time. Cancer has stolen from them a son, a brother, a husband, and a father. A loss like this always feels too soon, but especially so in this case. I had the privilege of knowing Beau personally. He was a "mensch" in the truest sense of the word and I am heartbroken for his family.

"The loss of Beau Biden is a loss for our nation. My thoughts and prayers are with Hallie, Natalie, Hunter, Joe, Jill, and the entire Biden family at this difficult time."

Washington, D.C. – In response to Martin O’Malley’s announcement that he will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
"I welcome Martin O’Malley to the field of candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 2016. As Maryland’s Governor, Martin O’Malley demonstrated his solid commitment to social justice and economic opportunity.
"Governor O’Malley has been a leader on fighting for equal pay for women, increasing access to quality health care and expanding voting rights. On issues from college affordability to increasing the state’s minimum wage, Governor O’Malley exemplifies the Democratic Party’s middle-class economics, highlighting the significant differences between the priorities of the Democratic and Republican parties, regardless of who emerges as each party’s nominee.
"I look forward to Governor O’Malley joining Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders on the campaign trail as they make the case to the American people that the Democratic Party is on their side."

Washington, DC – With George Pataki’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC National Press Secretary Holly Shulman released the following statement:
“Another day, another Republican running for President who opposes raising the minimum wage and whose agenda is wrong for the middle class.”

Washington, DC – With Rick Santorum’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC National Press Secretary Holly Shulman released the following statement:
“Rick Santorum’s backwards views fit right in with the rest of the Republican presidential hopefuls: policies that would shift the burden to the middle class while making it easier for the wealthiest and corporations, an inexcusable denial of the realities of climate change, attacks on LGBT Americans, and much more. This is today’s Republican Party and the field is pretty crowded with his views already.”

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in recognition of Memorial Day:
“On Memorial Day, we honor those who, as President Lincoln observed, gave the ‘last full measure of devotion.’ Our words can never repay the debt we owe the men and women who gave their lives in service of our country. We can only hope to live up to the values and ideals they embodied.
“We also extend our support and gratitude to the loved ones and communities they left behind. Each of the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans exists because of their ultimate sacrifice. Today is our day to show them they are not, and never will be, forgotten.”

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement to congratulate Jim Kenney on winning the 2015 mayoral primary in Philadelphia:

“I congratulate Jim Kenney on winning the Democratic mayoral primary in Philadelphia today. Philadelphia is one of our nation’s most vibrant cities with an unparalleled commitment to economic equality. I know that Jim will maintain that commitment as Mayor, and will continue the extraordinary progress Mayor Nutter has made for countless communities across the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. The Democratic Party is thrilled to hold the 2016 convention in this historic city, and I look forward to working with Jim in the year to come on this momentous convention.”

Following the news that Bobby Jindal has launched his Presidential Exploratory Committee, DNC National Press Secretary Holly Shulman released the following statement: 

Washington, DC – With Mike Huckabee’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC National Press Secretary Holly Shulman released the following statement:

“Mike Huckabee’s decision to throw his hat into the GOP ring tells us all we need to know about who the Republican Party is and what they believe. This Republican candidate for president said that being gay is a lifestyle choice akin to using profanity. He opposes a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, and wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and return control to the insurance companies.

“It’s one thing to spout off nonsense on his TV show, but for Mike Huckabee to present his ideas as legitimate policies for a presidential campaign is insulting to the American people, though I can't say I am particularly surprised. I mean, have you heard the rest of the Republican hopefuls?

“Mike Huckabee’s vision for America is out of touch, in many cases completely out of line and would take the country backwards.”

Washington, DC – The Democratic National Committee announced today that it will sanction six debates between candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, beginning in the fall of 2015.  
“We’ve always believed that we would have a competitive primary process, and that debates would be an important part of that process,” said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  “Our debate schedule will not only give Democratic voters multiple opportunities to size up the candidates for the nomination side-by-side, but will give all Americans a chance to see a unified Democratic vision of economic opportunity and progress – no matter whom our nominee may be.”
Each of the six DNC-sanctioned debates will be sponsored by a combination of state Democratic Parties, national broadcast media, digital platforms, local media, and civic organizations.  The four early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina will each host a sanctioned debate.
Wasserman Schultz said that there are several key principles guiding the process of putting together a debate schedule:

  • Setting a reasonable number of impactful debates that give voters ample opportunity to see the candidates side-by-side, while remaining manageable for all of the candidates.
  • Beginning the debate window in the fall of 2015, when voters are truly beginning to pay attention.
  • Making the debates as appealing and accessible as possible to voters through a variety of means, including:
    • Diversity of media outlets, moderators and formats
    • Inclusion of key civic groups
    • Strong and creative digital presence that will take the debates directly to voters

While a six sanctioned debate schedule is consistent with the precedent set by the DNC during the 2004 and 2008 cycles, this year the DNC will further manage the process by implementing an exclusivity requirement.  Any candidate or debate sponsor wishing to participate in DNC debates, must agree to participate exclusively in the DNC-sanctioned process.  Any violation would result in forfeiture of the ability to participate in the remainder of the debate process.
Wasserman Schultz said that the DNC has already received a number of proposals and inquiries from potential debate sponsors.  Senior DNC officials will now begin working directly with those groups to facilitate partnerships and discuss next steps.  Additional details regarding debate partners, cities, dates, logistics, additional host states, and criteria for participation will be released at a later date.

Washington, DC – In recognition of Older Americans Month beginning on May 1, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“Our seniors are such a vital part of the fabric of our country, and we have so much to celebrate with them in the month of May. This year we mark the 50th anniversary of both Medicare and Medicaid and the passage of the Older Americans Act of 1965, crucial pieces of legislation that gave our seniors the protections and retirement security they deserve, and we should do everything we can to stop any weakening of these safeguards that our seniors have earned. In my capacity as a Member of Congress I am proud to represent many South Florida retired and older Americans and to fight for their health and economic security. The Democratic Party continues to be a champion for older Americans, and we should all take time every month to appreciate our nation’s seniors.”

Washington, DC – DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in recognition of May as Jewish American Heritage Month. As a Congresswoman, Chair Wasserman Schultz was instrumental in establishing May as JAHM. President George W. Bush first proclaimed JAHM almost 10 years ago and it has been celebrated ever since:
"As a member of the American Jewish community, it is with tremendous pride that I celebrate May as Jewish American Heritage Month.
"From our nation's earliest days, America has held promise and hope for the Jewish people. Ours is a nation founded on justice and equality, assuring freedom of religious opportunity and freedom from religious tyranny. In the centuries since George Washington famously wrote to the Hebrew congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, our community has become an integral part of this nation's past, present and future. Escaping violence, hatred and prejudice, our forefathers and mothers arrived on these shores seeking a better life and brighter future. We are compelled to continue that legacy by making this nation a light for all those seeking the same.
"American Jews have invented vaccines, created businesses, and fought and died for the United States on the battlefield. We have made Nobel-winning discoveries, explored outer space, inspired countless Americans through athletics, and run for office to help fulfil the promise of extending the American Dream to everyone.
"Our history is proof of that promise fulfilled. As the party of inclusion, empowerment, and opportunity, the Democratic Party is committed to extending those values for the American Jewish community and all Americans."

Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in recognition of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month:

“May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – an opportunity to recognize the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures that make up this vibrant community. For generations, AAPI Americans have faced and overcome adversity, and we appreciate the integral role they have played in shaping America into what it is today.

“The AAPI community is strengthened by the success of middle class economics. AAPI small business owners continue to thrive in an economy that has experienced 61 straight months of private sector job growth. AAPI families have benefitted from increased access to quality affordable health insurance, investments in education, and tax cuts for the middle class.

“The Democratic Party remains committed to fighting for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and we will continue to fight for commonsense policies that put the middle class first and give all AAPI families their shot at achieving the American dream.”

Washington, DC – In response to Bernie Sanders’ announcement that he will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“Democrats welcome Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as the second candidate to officially seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 2016. Senator Sanders is well-recognized for his principled leadership and has consistently stood up for middle class families. Throughout his service in the U.S. House and Senate, Bernie Sanders has clearly demonstrated his commitment to the values we all share as members of the Democratic Party.

“The Democratic Party appreciates the contributions that Senator Sanders, Secretary Clinton, and other candidates will make to a healthy dialogue about the future of our party and our nation. There is a distinct contrast between Democrats who are on the side of middle and working class families and Republicans who are concerned with the very rich and wealthy corporations. Over the next year, the discussions we have during our respective nominating processes will help make that choice clear.”

Washington, DC – Today the U.S. Supreme Court begins to hear arguments in the case Obergefell v. Hodges, the result of which will determine whether marriage equality can be extended to all Americans. Currently, approximately 70 percent of Americans live in a state where it is legal for same-sex couples to marry. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“Like millions of other Americans, I have anxiously awaited the beginning of these oral arguments because I know that in my heart of hearts the Supreme Court will ultimately come down on the side of equality, love, fairness and families. I’ve watched thousands of couples in my home state of Florida express their love for one another in marriage vows since the law was overturned in January, and they’re no different than people in North Dakota or Georgia or Texas. We’ve come too far to stall or reverse the incredible progress states have made in the past few years. Yet as Democrats stand with families  and fight for fairness, Republicans like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and the rest of the presidential hopefuls want to take us backwards. This is an important issue and we now need the Supreme Court to end discrimination under the law once and for all because love is love and it’s the right thing to do.”

“It’s about time Senate Republicans finally came to the table and allowed a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as our next attorney general.  Instead of working to ensure that our justice system serves its citizens to the best of its ability by swiftly confirming Lynch, Republicans chose to delay her confirmation for longer than any attorney general nominee in over three decades for purely political purposes.  As the president noted, this was embarrassing and it is a clear demonstration of what Republican leadership looks like.  Moving forward, Americans deserve leaders who will get things done for the American people, leaders like Loretta Lynch – not more of this obstructionist nonsense that we've seen from the likes of Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz; all of whom voted against her confirmation. And to be clear, it was bad enough that they held up her nomination and voted against this extraordinarily qualified first female African American attorney general, but to add insult to injury, the things that Republican presidential hopefuls said about her throughout this process were horrible, and completely uncalled for.” – Michael Tyler, DNC spokesperson

A quick reminder of some of the lowlights:

  • Rand Paul:  When asked about Lynch’s nomination, he responded, “Oh, she’s going down.”  Paul later called for 10,000 people to sign his petition to “Stop Loretta Lynch.”
  • Marco Rubio argued that her support for President Obama’s efforts to assist DREAMers “should disqualify her from being the next attorney general.”
  • Ted Cruz brazenly declared that “no senator who takes his or her oath of office seriously should vote to confirm such a nominee.”
  • Scott Walker believes that Loretta Lynch “is not fit to serve as the nation’s attorney general.”

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement today on National Equal Pay Day: 

"As the party that puts the middle class first, Democrats are proud to fight for equal pay every single day. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the very first bill signed into law by President Obama, setting the tone for an administration that would recognize the contributions women make to our nation’s economy. But we know that our work isn't finished.

"The Paycheck Fairness Act would help level the playing field for women, but unfortunately, Congressional Republicans and Republican candidates for president have opposed it at every turn.

"Not content to merely vote against the Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate, Marco Rubio said it was “wasting time,” Rand Paul compared it to the Soviet Union’s Politburo and Ted Cruz derided it as a “show vote.” Chris Christie and Rick Perry vetoed equal pay legislation in their states, and Scott Walker repealed equal pay enforcement in Wisconsin. But the most out-of-touch GOP hopeful may be Jeb Bush, who didn’t even know what the Paycheck Fairness Act was.

"Unlike members of the Republican party, Democrats are proud to support policies that open the door to more opportunities for the middle class and help working families’ paychecks go farther. Democrats and the American people understand that equal pay is a necessity to ensure that hardworking Americans can get ahead in a 21st century economy. We won't stop fighting for women and the middle class and we have one question for the GOP, 'Whose side are they on?'"

Washington, DC – In response to Marco Rubio’s announcement that he will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“As Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign gets underway, expect him to try and portray himself as a bold, new leader with fresh ideas. But the truth is – as those of us in Florida know all too well – he’s simply peddling the same stale, harmful wares that the rest of the Republican Party is selling.

“At every opportunity, Rubio has revealed his true colors - taking outdated positions that match up with the Republican base instead of doing what’s best for his constituents and the country. Rather than propose a serious tax plan that aims to grow the middle class and expand opportunity for all Americans, his plan is a GOP wish list - slashing taxes for those at the top and shifting the burden onto working Americans. He even went so far as to run away from his own immigration plan when the most extreme wing of his party put pressure on him, and he supported shutting the government down to deny people quality health care, costing our economy $24 billion.

“Rubio says he’s a new type of Republican, but the only things he’s ever championed are the same failed policies the public has already rejected, and the only cause he’s ever advanced is his own.”

Washington, DC – In response to Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“I would like to welcome Hillary Clinton as the first official candidate for President of the United States to seek the Democratic Party's nomination in 2016. As First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has been a forceful advocate for women, children, and families, and an effective ambassador on the global stage.

“While we expect a competitive primary for the Democratic nomination, one thing is for certain — next November, voters will face a choice between Democrats who will continue to build on the middle class economic success of President Obama, and Republican candidates who want to bring back the failed, trickle-down economics of the past. I look forward to the contributions that Secretary Clinton, and all of our eventual candidates, will bring to this debate between two very different visions for the country.”

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on tonight’s mayoral election in Chicago, IL:

"I would like to congratulate Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on his reelection. Mayor Emanuel has made critical investments in the city’s infrastructure and public transportation, implemented universal full-day kindergarten, and helped foster a growing economy that is creating jobs. With today’s election result, it is clear that the people of Chicago support his focus on middle class economics and the direction he is taking the city.  I look forward to seeing Mayor Emanuel's and the city of Chicago's continued success in the years ahead.”

Washington, DC – In response to Senator Rand Paul’s announcement that he will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

"Rand Paul says he wants to unleash the American Dream but the only thing a Paul presidential candidacy unleashes is a massive lurch backwards to failed policies and narrow-minded extremism. He says he’s something different, but when you take a look, he’s the same as any other Republican presidential hopeful: good for the wealthiest few and bad for the middle class, and taking positions that are way outside the mainstream on issue after issue.

This is a classic example of a GOP presidential candidate thinking he can talk his way into our communities while turning his back on us when it comes to his policy prescriptions. Not only is Rand Paul not going to make the GOP’s tent any bigger, the tent actually collapses under the weight of his harmful policies. How can Rand Paul seek to broaden Republicans’ appeal when he has voiced opposition to the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, opposed comprehensive immigration reform, written a budget slashing Pell Grants, belittled LGBT rights, and introduced bills to take women’s health care decisions out of their hands?

“On issue after issue his policies are the same as the rest of the GOP, but even more extreme, and will turn back the clock on the progress we have made.  That sounds like the same old Republican Party to me and it will to voters as well, who want a president who will fight to help them climb the ladder of opportunity."

Washington, DC – Today, Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced the appointment of Reverend Leah D. Daughtry to be Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention Committee.

“We are thrilled to have Leah Daughtry return to lead our convention team. She will bring so much expertise, and enthusiasm to this important event,” said Wasserman Schultz. “Our Convention will be a key opportunity to showcase our Democratic values, lay out our Democratic vision for the future and celebrate our nominee. I am delighted to have Leah on board to lead this effort and propel our nominee on to victory in November 2016.”
For the past several years, Daughtry has been a Principal at BCT Consulting, which creates and produces high-profile, mission critical events.  She previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee, responsible for all aspects of planning and execution of the Democratic Party’s quadrennial presidential nominating convention. She simultaneously served as Chief of Staff of the Democratic National Committee where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the national Party’s affairs.  A native of Brooklyn, New York, Reverend Daughtry held various senior government posts, including Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (Acting) at the United States Department of Labor with oversight of the Department’s management programs and a $35 billion budget.
She is founder of Faith In Action, the Democratic Party’s outreach initiative to communities of faith, and serves as Pastor of The House of the Lord Church in Washington, DC.   

“I could not be more excited to lead the Democratic Convention team,” said Leah Daughtry. “This is an exciting time to be a Democrat, and we have an important opportunity to build on the progress we have made over the last six years and to nominate and help elect the 45th President of the United States. The road to the White House will begin right here in Philadelphia!”
Additional details on the convention will be made available in the coming weeks.

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