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DNC & RNC Chairs Debate the Economy

By Fox News Sunday, Fox News Sunday - July 8, 2012

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With another weak jobs report out, the presidential campaigns do battle over how best to get America back to work.

We'll discuss the stalled economy and the race to the White House with leaders of the national political committees, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the DNC, and Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

And Capitol Hill Republicans set a new vote to repeal ObamaCare. We'll talk policy and politics with key House leaders -- Republican Tom Price of Georgia and Democrat Xavier Becerra of California.

Also, top unemployment numbers for President Obama and criticism from his base for Governor Romney.

We'll ask our Sunday panel where the race stands now with four months until election day.

All right now on "Fox News Sunday."

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ROBERTS: And hello again from Fox News in Washington.

For the third straight month, the job creation numbers have been disappointing. It's a sure sign that the U.S. is still struggling to get the economy back on track.

Are voters making up their minds about the economy at this point and the presidential race?

In a few minutes, we'll talk with the chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus.

But, first, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee.

And welcome back from New Hampshire, Congresswoman. It's good to see this morning.

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, CHAIR OF THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE: Good morning.

ROBERTS: I think the headline of the day is that you just drove 2,000 miles from Florida, all the way up to New Hampshire with four dogs, the cat, and kids and the husband. How are you after all that?

SCHULTZ: And lived to tell about it. And all of the dogs were in the car. So I prove it can be done.

ROBERTS: All right. Very good.

We do have another headline, though, and that is the economy, of course. The job's number came out on Friday, 80,000 net jobs created. Is that a record that the president can run on and win reelection next November?

SCHULTZ: Well, absolutely. If you look at where we were when the president first took office, the economy was hemorrhaging 750,000 jobs a month. And now, after President Obama's policies in place for the last three and a half years, we've had 28 straight months of job growth in the private sector, 4.4 million jobs created. The progress that we are making is moving us forward.

We need to continue to make more progress obviously and, you know, we haven't far enough. But we need to keep pressing forward and continue to focus on middle class tax breaks and making sure that we can create jobs and make sure that we get economy moving forward and great if Republicans would join us in that effort. But, you know, President Obama is focused on making sure, as he singles out like a laser, getting jobs created and our economy turned around with or without help from the Republicans.

ROBERTS: You know, the number of jobs that have been created brings you about 50 percent of the way back to where we were in 2007. Let's break down the numbers, so take a look.

The national unemployment rate is 8.2 percent. But if you look at the overall number, which includes people who stopped looking and those who are underemployed, it's 14.9 percent. And look at this, African-American unemployment up to 14.4 percent. That's up almost full point. Eleven percent for Hispanics.

If the president hopes to win, Congresswoman, in November, he's going to need a very motivated minority population out there. Are African-American and Hispanics going to look at those numbers and say, there's a person I really want to vote for. Not that they will go over to the Republican side, but maybe they might just stay home?

SCHULTZ: Well, as I travel the country, I've seen tremendous enthusiasm from African-Americans, as well as Hispanic-Americans. And I think, if you look at the same point, John, where we were in the recovery from 2001 recession under President Bush and where we are in the recovery now, we're actually 2 million jobs ahead at the same point in both recoveries.

So, while we have a long way to go, we have made progress and President Obama has been committed to not just getting the economy turned around and creating jobs, but closing the achievement gap in education for Hispanics and African-Americans, investing in education and innovation, and making sure that we can keep folks in their homes.

And if you compare that to Mitt Romney's focus, which was, let's let Detroit go bankrupt and not rescue the American automobile industry, African-Americans have been devastated by that in particular. More than a million jobs would have been lost.

When it comes to policies like immigration reform, Mitt Romney is the most extreme presidential candidate on immigration policy and that is why there is a 40-point deficit between him and President Obama among Hispanic-Americans because when it comes to the policies that those two groups care about, but really when it comes to the policies that Americans care about, this is not politics, John. This is important for the lives of the Americans and we need to all be fighting to move the economy forward like President Obama has been doing. ROBERTS: You know, on the wake of the jobs numbers on Friday, one of the campaign senior advisors, David Plouffe, said that the job numbers were, quote, "what everybody expected."

Which drew this response from the Romney campaign, "One month after declaring the private sector is, quote, 'doing fine,' the Obama White House has doubled down, calling the struggling economy what everybody expected as a step in the right direction. With millions of Americans facing what even Vice President Biden called a depression, it's clear that President Obama is simply out of touch with the difficulties facing middle class families."

Do you think people who are at home, Congresswoman, who are sitting around the kitchen table at the house desperately looking for a job, look at those job numbers on Friday and said, well, it was what was expected?

SCHULTZ: Well, I think like President Obama, everyone acknowledges that we have a long way to go. We have made significant progress, 28 straight months of job growth in the private sector and more than 4.4 million jobs created. But, you know, what we certainly don't need to do and I think folks at home are sitting and listening to Mitt Romney say, we should go back -- the answer is let's go back to the failed policies of the past. Let's repeat the same playbook that got us into this economic mess in the first place.

ROBERTS: Well --

SCHULTZ: Mitt Romney's budget would actually make sure that the wealthiest, most fortunate Americans get more and more tax breaks.

ROBERTS: But --

SCHULTZ: And again, another incentives to send jobs overseas. President Obama is focusing on in-sourcing, incentivizing companies to bring jobs back here in the United States. So, that's what Americans' reaction to what Mitt Romney say about the economy and our recovery.

ROBERTS: So, then is the suggestion that we should just keep doing the same thing? You know, there's that old definition of doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.

SCHULTZ: I am pretty happy about straight 28 months of job growth in the private sector --

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July 08, 2012

DNC, RNC chairs debate economy; key lawmakers on effort to repeal ObamaCare

July 01, 2012

White House ready to move on and implement health care law; McConnell: We can defeat ObamaCare in November

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