DNC chief won’t say if midterms are referendum on Obama

DNC chief won’t say if midterms are referendum on Obama
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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) repeatedly declined to say if the midterm elections are a referendum on President Obama on Wednesday — just two days after the president himself suggested so in an interview.

During an appearance on "Morning Joe," the Florida congresswoman was asked three times if voters who cast a ballot for a Democratic candidate next month would be voting for a continuation of the president’s policies.


"Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work Obama, Springsteen releasing book based on their podcast 10 books that take readers inside the lives of American leaders MORE was on the ballot in 2012 and in 2008," Wasserman Schultz replied. "The candidates that are on the ballot are Democratic and Republican candidates for Congress, for the U.S. Senate and governors across the country."

Hounded by host Joe Scarborough to clarify her response, Wasserman Schultz conceded it was "a legitimate question," but gave little ground.

"If you vote for Democrats, you are voting for candidates who are focused on creating jobs, getting the economy turned around and continuing to move us forward, creating more opportunities for people to succeed," she responded. "If you vote for a Republican, you're voting for someone who has embraced that Tea Party agenda."

The president in a radio interview with Al Sharpton on Monday said red-state Democrats who have tried to distance themselves from him “vote with me” and “have supported my agenda in Congress.”

That remark came just weeks after an economic speech at Northwestern where Obama cast November's elections as a referendum on his economic policies.

“I am not on the ballot this fall,” Obama said. “Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”

The president’s former political guru, David Axelrod, labeled the comment a “mistake,” saying instead Democrats should focus on “forward-looking” economic policies.

Republicans seized on the comments to bolster their argument that Democratic Senate candidates would only enable the president’s agenda.