DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on tonight’s Republican debate in Florida:
“We’ve known for some time now that Mitt Romney will say anything to get elected – but tonight was truly a breathtaking display of dishonesty. After trying to cater to Hispanic voters this week, Romney kept up the doublespeak tonight – trying to downplay his extreme positions on immigration and acting as if he had never said that undocumented workers and their families should be rounded up and kicked out of America.
“Romney continues to try to have it both ways on every issue under the sun. Tonight, he lied about not voting for a Democrat if there was a Republican on the ballot – there was when he voted for Paul Tsongas in a Democratic primary in 1992 in the same election where President George H.W. Bush faced Pat Buchanan. He lied about never saying his Massachusetts health care plan was a model for the nation – the truth is that he’s often said it was. And tonight he even tried to distort the President’s strong record of commitment to Israel, claiming that President Obama has not addressed rocket attacks on Israel before the United Nations when in fact he explicitly did so – and when the President has actually visited Sderot and affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself.
“Tonight, Romney called his enormous personal wealth ‘an asset to help America.’ But there’s just one complication: he’s not investing in America. He has had millions in investments and accounts in infamous offshore tax havens – including the Cayman Islands and a Swiss bank account that his advisor closed down for fear it would be politically embarrassing. Those tax havens cost American taxpayers about $100 billion a year. And the hundreds of millions of dollars he raked in at Bain were made in part by laying off American workers and outsourcing their jobs to other countries.
“Mitt Romney must not realize we live in the age of Google, YouTube and DVR – because he literally shifts from one position to the next without any sense of restraint. It’s time for Romney to try something new and finally give the American people the straight answers they deserve – that’s certainly not what he offered on the debate stage tonight.”