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Wasserman Schultz: Gingrich Has "Disturbing Views," Embraces "Tea Party Extremism"

DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) attacked the Republican presidential candidates in an appearance on CNN this morning.

Wasserman Schultz says the GOP presidential field refuses "to acknowledge that it was President Obama who planned and executed the attack on al Qaeda that killed Osama Bin Laden."

Wasserman Schultz also accuses Newt Gingrich of having "disturbing views" and Mitt Romney of having "no conviction [and] no core." Transcript below.

SCHULTZ: Well, my thoughts are that Mitt Romney did his level best to continue to pull the field of Republican candidates as far to the right and the extreme right as possible, whether it was on immigration.

Where he said that, even family whose have been here for 25 years, as Newt Gingrich talked about, he would tear those apart. Take people who essentially have broken no laws and been working and paying taxes -- you know, no path to a future here in America for those undocumented immigrants, and on every other issue.

These are a field of Republican candidates so obsessed with one job, Barack Obama's, rather than American jobs, that they even refused to acknowledge that it's President Obama who planned and executed the attack on al Qaeda that killed Osama Bin Laden.

I mean, in a national security debate last night, the entire field had no plan, particularly Mitt Romney. No plan on withdrawing our troops from Iraq when the overwhelming majority of the American people support that. He would leave them there indefinitely. This is a field not ready for primetime when it comes to being commander in chief.

CHO: There were eight candidates on the stage, though, and you know, by my count, you've said Mitt Romney twice. You haven't named any of the other candidates by name. At least not yet, but why after -- why go after Mitt Romney so early on in this contest? I mean, the Iowa caucuses aren't until January 3rd?

SCHULTZ: Well, the reason I'm talking about Mitt Romney, I also mentioned Newt Gingrich, is because he has some really disturbing views. I mean, he's done his best to continue to embrace the Tea Party extremism.

He is someone who is focused on making sure that we do everything, but take care of the middle class and working families, and so I think he's earned the attention that he's getting, because we have to make sure that the American people understand the dramatic contrast between Mitt Romney's views, particularly because he flip- flops on every major issue, has no consistent position, no conviction, no core, and he wants to be president of the United States. People should know that.

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