DNC chairwoman: Republicans acting almost like 'spoiled children' on debt ceiling

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said Republicans have been acting like "spoiled children" in negotiations to raise the debt ceiling.

"We demonstrated that we're willing to put all our sacred cows on the table and the Republicans are simply not willing to do anything but sit on their hands and cross their arms like spoiled children almost. That's just not responsible," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said Wednesday on MSNBC.

Just before that, Wasserman Schultz also rejected the idea that some Democrats were "rebelling" against President Obama for wanting to include cuts to Social Security and Medicare as part of a possible debt ceiling increase deal.

"I haven't detected that rebellion at all," she said.

"Are you talking to the same House Democrats that are hammering us with complaints? Are going public, private, collaring people, collaring reporters, all saying how upset they are with the White House?" MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell asked.

"The president proposed that we deal with this very big problem in a very big way and that Democrats should put all our sacred cows on the table," Wasserman Schultz responded.

Obama has suggested an openness to Medicare and Social Security cuts if Republicans agreed to a deal that included added revenues. In response, several liberal House Democrats demanded that no cuts be made to the entitlement programs in any deal.

Republicans, and especially the conservative wing of the GOP, have vowed to reject any plan that included revenue raisers in the form of new taxes. Democrats maintain that the GOP refusal shows that they are less interested in saving the economy than conceding to Democrats.

Watch Wasserman Schultz.

This story was updated at 2:40 p.m.



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