I just love it when a feisty Democrat refuses to allow Fox News to set the agenda for a discussion. Tonight, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz took control of a segment that Fox tried to make about President Obama's electoral struggle in Florida. But Wasserman Schultz got in more Democratic talking points than a DNC ad.
Martha MacCallum, guest hosting On The Record, tried to suggest that President Obama is having problems in the state of Florida, Wasserman Schultz’s home state, by noting that he’s spent about $4 million in advertising. MacCallum “asked,” “Is the President concerned about how he’s doing in Florida?”
Wasserman Schultz picked up that ball and ran with it. She said that Florida is “a critical battleground state” and then she quickly moved on to describe how Democrats are setting up “the largest grassroots presidential campaign across the country but expressly in Florida.” She also got a chance to talk up how Obama’s policies took the country from “hemorrhaging 750,000 a month to now, a little more than three years later, we’ve had 27 straight months of private sector job growth,” and “the importance of the Affordable Care Act.”
MacCallum finally interrupted to “talk a little bit about Florida, which has an 8.6% unemployment rate.” She also happened to comment that 53% in Florida “would like to see health care repealed.”
Wasserman Schultz pointed out that Obama is leading in the polls and quickly moved on to explain why she thinks that is and to attack Romney. I’ll bet you that a producer in MacCallum’s ear told her to interrupt at that point. “I’ve heard a lot of these talking points,” MacCallum said.
But Wasserman Schultz would not be interrupted. She told MacCallum, “These are not talking points. These are facts. Facts.”
She even sneaked in this: “Now we learn that (Romney) has an investment in a Bermuda corporation that is shadowy and, you know, there’s a real concern over the investments that he’s hiding and was he trying to evade paying taxes that he normally owed… He needs to release his tax returns.”