Do Democrats fear Mitt Romney?
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz reacts
- Duration 7:24
- Date Feb 29, 2012
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz reacts
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Fifteen minutes after the top of the hour in last -- Michigan primary many including liberal filmmaker Michael Moore.
Focused on getting democratic voters to polls urging them to vote for GOP candidate Rick Santorum well.
His opponent Mitt Romney has his own theory as to why.
But the Obama people of the UAW had Rick Santorum -- all running ads.
Focused on Democrats calling rather Democrat home saying please go out and vote against Mitt Romney and vote for.
Rick Santorum you've got Michael Moore saying he's telling people to vote for Rick Santorum that obviously tells Republicans.
Who the Democrats are most afraid of -- is not Rick Santorum.
So after Mitt Romney's win in both Michigan and Arizona are Democrats getting concerned.
Joining me now -- -- congressman in the chair of the DMZ Debbie Wasserman Schultz good to see you.
It's -- -- all right so how do you responds to Mitt Romney's claim.
That the Democrats fear him the most and that's why they -- Democrats come -- vote for Rick Santorum yesterday.
Well -- Mitt Romney has some some really serious problems he he was only able to win his own state that he grew up there.
What is where his father was governor by three points actually yesterday and more people in Michigan voted for someone else other than Mitt Romney.
And he's had to go so far to the right that he is really alienated independent voters if he does make it to the general election so.
He's got -- mean with every passing week that more and more problems that seem to crop up the Mitt Romney -- answer the question which was.
Did Democrats actively go out and want Democrats to vote for Rick Santorum because they -- Mitt Romney as the eventual nominee Wayne we weren't involved in any organized effort to get Democrats to do that we've used all of these Republican primaries as an organizing tool.
Opening offices around the state of Michigan making hundreds of thousands of phone calls.
Thousands of door knocks get engaging with our volunteers so is it -- Michigan's open primary -- Democrats chose to do that that that was certainly -- Their choice and always has been their choice because that's how Michigan voters cast not ballots in primary.
I wanna look at that a couple exit polls -- Democrats voting in Michigan overwhelmingly ended up going for Rick Santorum ironically 53% Mitt Romney 18%.
I want to bring your attention to another exit poll though.
Because this I think is really important as we look forward to November.
This was the question experience that better prepares a president.
Business experience 57%.
Of the voters said yes government experience 31%.
Said yes so this poll must make Democrats concerned.
Regarding -- Obama's experience in government vs Mitt Romney's experience in business.
Let's remember that this was a Republican primary yesterday let's and so.
That is that that's an exit poll would have been primarily asking Republican voters those questions and importantly you're not asking me about whether.
Allowing at that whether the opinion of a presidential candidate that the choice to be allowed to -- -- go bankrupt.
Was an important factor in their decision for the general election so.
I think that's really going to be a huge issue.
In Michigan coming -- -- the general election Mitt Romney said let's it's like a back up Barack Obama.
Rescued an American iconic American ran it -- actually there right now on that there is a huge asserts.
Actually there was an exit question on that government bailout -- US auto makers.
And ironically that -- against your point 60% of the people in this exit polls said that they did not agree with the government bella.
Was news -- 50% of Republican voters did so if you asked that question that -- of Michigan here's what's that question has been asked and polling.
They overwhelmingly I'd choose Barack Obama because.
He made sure that the one point one million jobs that support the American -- automobile manufacturers would remain in place Mitt Romney would allow them to go down the tubes.
-- he would not that is structured bankruptcy just a regular bankruptcy I think is the argument there.
I guess I just think that has to do with cars and people paying so much more at the pump right now.
And back when President Bush was in office and the prices have gone up.
You had this to say about the president and the prices.
Apparently they only know I think yes missed.
He -- -- mister president yes CEO of oil company I'm happy to do your -- and whatever it is a kid like those of gas prices have.
Have not just -- but left.
Backed out we are now paying more than double for gas -- when President Bush first took office.
So you I think back then felt that the president could have done something about.
Lowering the gas prices what -- saying now that gas prices are gonna reach five dollars a gallon under President Obama.
Know what I was referring to and that and that speech as I have for many years is that.
Focusing on that fossil fuels and continuing the drill baby drill strategy.
That President Obama rightly referred to the other day in South Florida as a bumper sticker not an energy policy.
Is not the way to go and we are not going to address gas prices over the long term.
Doesn't know -- that there's no presidents in the short term.
That can really change policy and impacts gas prices and a significant way but what we do need to do is over the short term and long term.
Make sure that we are using the all of all of the about strategy that President Obama has employed more domestic production energy production and we've had an eight years.
Making sure that we invest for the future and alternative energy like wind and solar and hydroelectric power so that we can really start to impact our -- -- need.
Two depend on -- -- it hasn't had a lot of.
Americans are wondering what's gonna happen.
Now and a lot of those things take time I do wanna call your attention know today's not -- -- right at that time you're absolutely right you -- drilling and I want you to look at this map because under President Bush vs under President Obama.
There is a stark difference as to the amount of drilling that's going on here domestically this is under President Bush.
And this is I -- I can't see that map here but -- basically it shows that there was a lot more drilling going on under President Bush that under President Obama.
You will know right now yeah.
Not an excuse me but -- holiday season but -- a little more -- -- I declare energy production for the -- right there and acted because that's gonna shoot and edit comments let me responds I do -- there's -- and other crazy but I think at a time and now I really wanna bet that it's not in -- -- -- and really -- get to the question about whether -- not -- president can actually do something about gas prices.
Many people are saying that now with the situation in Iran heating up.
And with the negative reaction to the Keystone Pipeline the president not taking a stand on -- -- basically saying no.
If those two things could eventually affect gas prices and bring them down mean.
No there's nobody that says that those two things could affect -- prices gas prices if you look at the but what was you formally called the minerals management agency that that that focuses on the -- -- that kind of energy policy.
Over -- the long term any changes in drilling for example would take twenty years of about twenty years to impacts the price of oil.
The price of gas so we can't really do anything in the very short term which is why we need to be looking over the short term and long term use in all of the above strategy.
And and that let me again point out.
That right now under President Obama we have more domestic energy -- production and any time in the last eight years right and I went back to the fact that many people say that's because of the policies enacted under.
President Bush I gotta lean on telling you -- -- -- under President Obama and -- so much for joining me that any of solace we just.