DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the results of the primaries in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island and Delaware:
“With the primary field nearly to himself, Mitt Romney’s victories are not a surprise. Neither is his support for the failed policies of the past he’s been touting on the campaign trail. Tonight, Mitt Romney spoke about building a ‘better America,’ but in fact, under Mitt Romney America would go back to the failed policies of the past. President Obama inherited an economy that was on the brink; thanks to his strong leadership, he prevented us from sinking into a second great depression, and has begun to turn things around. We’ve now seen 25 straight months of private sector job growth and the creation of 4.1 million private sector jobs.
“We know that the policies of the last Administration were a failure for the middle class, and not only has Mitt Romney pledged to return to them, but has said that he would double down on them. He wants to allow Wall Street and insurance companies to write their own rules again. He wants to cut critical programs for middle class families and those struggling to reach the middle class, and cut investments in our economy to pay for even more tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. And let's be clear about what would be stupid: it would be stupid to reverse the progress we have made and return to the same failed policies that got us into this which is precisely what Mitt Romney is pledging to do.
“But it’s not just the failed policies that Romney would return to that should give Americans pause – it’s also his failed record as Governor. In fact, beyond passing a health reform plan that he has all but disowned, Mitt Romney has not one area of accomplishment from his time as Governor of Massachusetts – especially in the area of jobs, where he’s concentrated most of his effort in this campaign. Under Mitt Romney, Massachusetts was 47th out of 50 in job creation, lost manufacturing jobs at twice the national average, and saw its debt increase by 16 percent. Advocating for the failed policies of the past and a failed record in office—that’s not better, that’s not leadership, and it’s not what the American people want.”