Party Chairs Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Reince Priebus battled over the state of the economy and its impact on November 2012 in back to back appearances on “Fox News Sunday.”
This week the Labor Department reported 80,000 jobs added to the economy, a lackluster report when compared with the months at the start of the year.
Wasserman Schultz said that while more work needs to be done, compared to the beginning of 2009, when the economy was losing about 700,000 jobs a month, the economy is making progress.
“After President Obama's policies in place for the last three and a half years, we've had 28 straight months of job growth in the private sector, 4.4 million jobs created. The progress that we are making is moving us forward,” the congresswoman said.
The national unemployment rate current stands at 8.2%, but for minority groups, the rate is higher.
Wasserman Schultz does not think minority voters will be discouraged and withhold their support from the president in November.
“As I travel the country, I've seen tremendous enthusiasm from African-Americans, as well as Hispanic-Americans,” Wasserman Schultz said pointing to policies she believes have had a positive impact on these communities.
“We have made progress and President Obama has been committed to not just getting the economy turned around and creating jobs, but closing the achievement gap in education for Hispanics and African-Americans, investing in education and innovation, and making sure that we can keep folks in their homes.”
The DNC chairwoman said the economy would not improve under Mitt Romney’s proposals.
“If you compare that to Mitt Romney's focus, which was, let's let Detroit go bankrupt and not rescue the American automobile industry, African-Americans have been devastated by that in particular. More than a million jobs would have been lost. When it comes to policies like immigration reform, Mitt Romney is the most extreme presidential candidate on immigration policy.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus argued that the president and his team have not kept the promises they made on the economy.
Pointing to the administration’s estimates in 2009 that the stimulus would bring the unemployment rate down, Preibus said, “the fact of the matter is, people are not better off today than they were three or four years ago… The fact of the matter is, this president can't fulfill a promise. They're living in fantasy land.”
Recent polls suggest that the president is not losing much if any ground on the economy to Mitt Romney at this point.
But Priebus thinks voters will hold the president responsible when they go to vote in November.
“I don't think people are begging for another four years of this misery, John. And that's what they're going to be thinking about in November. Do we want another four years of this stagnant job growth where the president that acts like he's not living on Earth.”
Romney has faced a spate of criticism in recent days over a perception that he is not promptly and effectively responding to attacks by the Obama campaign on his business record and financial dealings.
“In spite of the fundraiser in chief's work, we have enough money” to fight the attacks Preibus said.