Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz downplayed the importance of the health care law in the upcoming midterm elections, saying Wednesday that voters were more focused on the economy.
“When I go home, and I’ll broaden it out to colleagues who I’ve spoken to, the Affordable Care Act is not the first thing that people in a town hall meeting are asking about,” the Florida congresswoman said at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “They’re asking about investing in education, focusing on continuing to create jobs, making sure that we can make housing more affordable — the bread and butter, kitchen table issues that will add to the confidence that Americans have that this economy is continuing to improve.”
She asserted that the public was rejecting the GOP’s push to repeal the health care law, saying that many Americans were reaping benefits from it.
During the hourlong appearance, Wasserman Schultz brushed off repeated questions about national polls that show her party trailing Republicans heading into the midterm elections. When races are judged individually, she said, Democratic candidates fare better.
“The national winds are not as relevant as are what the incumbents are doing and the races they’re running,” she said. Polling in recent midterm elections, she said, was not accurately reflecting the dynamics of individual races.
She also said it would be up to Democratic candidates, not the White House, to decide what role President Barack Obama would play in their races.