The head of the Democratic National Committee joined Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryFor the sake of national security, Trump must honor the Iran deal Bernie Sanders’s 1960s worldview makes bad foreign policy DiCaprio: History will ‘vilify’ Trump for not fighting climate change MORE (D-Mass.) on Monday in casting blame for the U.S. credit downgrade on the Tea Party movement.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) quoted Kerry's comments made Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press" and noted, "Truer words never spoken."

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Kerry, commenting Sunday on Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the national credit rating from AAA to AA+ on Friday, cast the downgrade as a reflection of the influence of the Tea Party movement on the deficit negotiations.

“This is the Tea Party downgrade because a minority of people in the House of Representatives countered even the will of many Republicans in the United States Senate who were prepared to do a bigger deal," Kerry said.



Wasserman Schultz noted in a tweet Monday that she agreed with Kerry, calling the Tea Party "tyrants" who blocked a more comprehensive bargain on the debt ceiling.


The White House also indicated on Saturday that Standard & Poor's downgrade could have been avoided if congressional leaders had reached the "grand bargain" promoted by President Obama.

"The president repeatedly called for substantial deficit reduction through both long-term entitlement changes and revenues through tax reform, with additional measures to spark jobs and strengthen our recovery," press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

The credit rating agency announced that its decision was based both on last week's debt-limit deal, which it said "falls short" of expectations, as well as doubts as to whether Congress and the White House can reach a broader deficit solution "anytime soon."


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