"That has been a struggle; it will continue to be a struggle," she said. "I don't think the deficit is going to be an issue that members' elections rise and fall on. It's not the deficit; it's the economy. Jobs and the economy are the thing that people are the most concerned about. Our members, when running for reelection, that’s their No. 1 priority."

This election will be about presenting voters with a choice, Wasserman Schultz said.

"Our incumbent members are going to say to their constituents, 'Do we want to backslide toward the Bush era? Where policy was focused only on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans?' " she said. “ 'Or do you want to continue to go in the direction we're going in now?' "

In other parts of her interview, she talked about how Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) was her role model and the challenge of serving in the House while raising a family.