Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) confirmed that the Democratic campaign message for the midterms is Republicans are worse than Ebola and ISIS.
On Sunday, Wasserman Schultz faced off with her counterpart, RNC chairman Reince Priebus, in a very combative segment on CNN's State of the Union. Wasserman Schultz refused to say President Obama's policies were on the ballot, but did say Republicans are scarier than threats such as the Ebola virus and ISIS.
Wasserman Schultz was asked by State of the Union host Candy Crowley if the Democrats' message for 2014 is Ebola and ISIS are scary but Republicans are a lot scarier. Wasserman Schultz agreed.
"So we've heard this in previous elections, too extreme, too extreme their Tea Party, we can't work with them," CNN host Candy Crowley said. "So, it seems that the Democrats' overall message is yes, ISIS is scary. Yes, Ebola is scary but Republicans are a lot scarier."
"Well, that's right," Wasserman Schultz said. "Cory Gardner is a sponsor of a bill that would prevent women from being able to get access to make their own reproductive choices even in the case of rape or incest."
REINCE PRIEBUS, RNC CHAIR: The question is the president's policy on the ballot?
DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, DNC CHAIR: No, no, Reince, I let you finish - I let you finish, Reince.. Reince, I let you finish.
I agree with Darrell Issa and what Darrell Issa said was that we need -- about the Ebola crisis is that we need to make sure that we recognize that we have to keep our people safe, and we have to have policies that make sure that we can do that by not overreacting.
PRIEBUS: Candy, you --
SCHULTZ: So when we're -- excuse me.
So, making sure that we have a balanced rational policy where there's not overreaction, where we can keep people safe and we can make sure that we can eradicate Ebola in the countries where people are coming from is important.
And let me say what's on the ballot is our domestic policy that we need to have a Congress that has people's back, that keeps people safe from harm and the focused on helping people reach the middle class, and the Republican are focused on extremism and a Tea Party -
CANDY CROWLEY, CNN'S STATE OF THE UNION: Congresswoman -
PRIEBUS: Extremism --
CROWLEY: Let me -- let me pick up the extremism thing for one thing and I'll give you a shot at this, because the word extremism is used fairly liberally in a lot of ads that we're seeing against Republicans -
SCHULTZ: Well, Candy --
CROWLEY: Let me pop in here, Congresswoman, for one second.
I want - I want to play you something. This is a DSCC ad not from you all but from your Democrat counterparts in the Senate and this is against Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner and it's about his stance on abortion. I want to play a brief clip.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Gardner wants to ban abortions even in cases of rape and incest.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's extreme.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Gardner is sponsoring a bill to ban all abortions right now.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Cory Gardner is wrong.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Cory Gardner is way too extreme for Colorado.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CROWLEY: So we've heard this in previous elections, too extreme, too extreme their Tea Party, we can't work with them. So, it seems that the Democrats' overall message is yes, ISIS is scary. Yes, Ebola is scary but Republicans are a lot scarier.
SCHULTZ: Well, that's right. Cory Gardner is a sponsor of a bill that would prevent women from being able to get access to make their own reproductive choices even in the case of rape or incest.
PRIEBUS: OK, now hang on a second.
SCHULTZ: The last thing we did before we left for the recess was vote to sue the president for doing his job when the Republicans won't even do their job. They won't work with us.
PRIEBUS: OK. And Debbie still hasn't answered the question.