DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) said “all of our candidates” will run on Obamacare Tuesday in a debate with RNC Chair Reince Priebus on CNN’s Crossfire.
Priebus repeatedly asked Wasserman Schultz which Democratic Senatorial candidate in a competitive race will run on Obamacare. After first avoiding the question, the DNC chair boldly asserted “all of our candidates” will run on the Affordable Care Act:
REINCE PREIBUS: The question that’s on the table right now is which person that’s running as a Democrat in these targeted states, who? —
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: All of our candidates
PRIEBUS: Mary Landrieu, who?
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: All of our candidates are able to run on the provisions of Obamacare.
PRIEBUS: But you won’t say it.
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: I just said it.
PRIEBUS: Ok, so they’re going to run on Obamacare?
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: All of our candidates will be able to use Obamacare as an advantage.
PRIEBUS: Great. Excellent.
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Because, you know what? When a woman comes up to me who’s dealing with breast cancer and she’s told me that under the old system she had to choose between the radiation or the chemo because she couldn’t afford the co-pay or deductible on both, you’re darn right that our party brought that peace of mind.
PRIEBUS: Have you seen the polling in Montana, in South Dakota, in Arkansas on Obamacare? I mean, it’s unbelievable.
STEPHANIE CUTTER: Mr. chairman have you seen the polling —
PRIEBUS: And that’s fine. I’m happy you’re going to run on Obamacare.
Wasserman Schultz made it clear she is doubling down on a similar prediction she made last month on CNN.
In recent weeks vulnerable Democrats such as Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.), Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.) and Sen. Mark Pryor (D., Ark.) have scrambled to distance themselves from the embattled healthcare law.
A recent CBS poll showed a whopping 61 percent of Americans disapprove of Obamacare: