DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in honor of Cinco de Mayo:
“Cinco de Mayo is an important opportunity to honor that fateful day 150 years ago, when Mexican fighters and workers joined together and defied the odds, beating the much larger and better-armed French army at the Battle of Puebla. May 5, 1862 was an improbable victory – a day of communities standing together in the fight to secure a better life for their families and for future generations. And it was an incredible moment of triumph for the people of Mexico.
“Today, we see that same determination and resilient spirit embodied in the millions of Mexican Americans and Hispanics across the country who work hard every day to build a greater future both for themselves and for their children and grandchildren. Their countless contributions to our nation and to the American story are and must always continue to be recognized and honored.
“President Obama has always understood that fundamental truth – that’s why he’s fighting for a future where everyone who works hard and does their fair share can get a shot at the American dream. Too many Hispanic families have been hurt by a decade of declining wages and unemployment, and the President knows it’s not simply enough to recover from the recession. We must rebuild our economy so that hard work pays off, responsibility is rewarded, and everyone from Wall Street to Main Street plays by the same set of rules. The President believes that together, we can and will make this country greater – and as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo as the day when so many Mexican families took a critical step forward to make their nation stronger, let us take a moment to recommit ourselves to working together to surmount the challenges that lie ahead.”