DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement tonight on the results of the Republican primary in Illinois:
“Mitt Romney and his allies may have bought their way to another victory tonight in Illinois by outspending Rick Santorum and his allies 7-to-1 in the state, but it comes with a heavy price. His pandering to his party’s extreme-right flank is hurting him among moderates, independents, and women voters.
“Romney recently vowed to ‘get rid of’ Planned Parenthood—a vital health care provider for 75,000 Illinois women and families that provides affordable access to life-saving services like breast and cervical cancer screenings.
“Romney’s embrace of the extreme Tea Party agenda continued again today when he applauded the new GOP budget, which turns Medicare into a voucher program, increases health care costs to seniors by thousands of dollars, and makes arbitrary cuts to programs essential to middle-class families like education and clean energy.
“At every turn, and with each new extreme position, Mitt Romney continues to demonstrate he is out of touch with the values and issues that matter most to the middle class.”