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Wasserman Schultz at Forum Club lays out progressive agenda for Obama second term

by Andrew Abramson | January 25th, 2013

Fresh off President Barack Obama’s second inaugural speech, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Friday echoed Obama’s themes of gun control, equality for gays and lesbians, immigration reform and climate change prevention at The Forum Club.

“In every corner of America, from Boca to Milwaukee, Seattle to Cincinnati, millions of people rallied around this shared vision for our country,” said U.S. Rep Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, speaking in front of 600 at The Palm Beach County Convention Center.

As the debate over gun control heats up in Congress, Wasserman Schultz recalled the story of the assassination attempt of her close friend, former U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords, and then spoke about the recent mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

“When 20 six-year-olds lose their lives senselessly and needlessly because at the end of the day, no matter how deranged the individual was, he had access to weapons and high capacity magazines he had no business having access to,” she said. “There is no need for someone not in the military to have those (weapons) or else those little kids wouldn’t be dead.”

After Obama won 71 percent of the nationwide Hispanic vote in the 2012 election, Wasserman Schultz said the party “will ensure a level playing field for American workers in continuing to fight for comprehensive immigration reform. We’ll make clear we welcome the dreamers who see America as the land of opportunity.”

On Monday, Obama became the first president to use the word “gay” as a reference to sexual orientation in an inaugural speech. On Friday, Wasserman Schultz said the country is“finally seeing historic progress” in LBGT rights.

“I could not have been more proud on Monday when President Obama so eloquently reminded us as that as Americans our journey is not complete until it is complete for everybody,” Wasserman Schultz said.

While environmentalists criticized Obama for not doing enough to address climate change in his first term, Obama resurrected the issue in his inaugural speech.

Wasserman Schultz said Friday that there has to be a comprehensive plan on climate change, while referencing her fellow Palm Beach County congressmen.

“Lois (Frankel), Patrick (Murphy), Ted (Deutch) and I will ultimately represent Orlando rather than the coastline if we don’t do something soon,” Wasserman Schultz joked.

While social change was a major theme of Obama’s inaugural address, the country still faces economic crises and Wasserman Schultz called on Republicans to cooperate in the debt ceiling debate.

“The financial stability of America’s middle class families is not a bargaining chip,” she said. “It’s time to come together and bring down the deficit in a balanced, responsible way so we can keep growing our economy and there are opportunities for all American middle class families.”

On the potential of Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016, Wasserman Schultz said “I would love to see her run.” Wasserman Schultz called Vice President Joe Biden “the other giant” in the race and said she would be equally excited to see Biden run.

Wasserman Schultz mentioned New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley as other potential candidates but said Clinton’s decision will impact the rest of the field.

Wasserman Schultz also praised Congressional freshmen Murphy and Frankel.

“Patrick Murphy, with the race he ran and the impossible odds he faced, he definitely is someone to watch,” she said.

Wasserman Schultz said she first applied to work for Frankel as a state legislative aide when Wasserman Schultz was 22 years old. She didn’t get the job, but ended up working aside Frankel in the state house.

“It was one of those ‘pinch me’ moments that someone for whom I wanted to work for, we were now side by side. Now we’re colleagues again and I’m really thrilled we’re serving in Congress together and you’re going to do a fantastic job,” Wasserman Schultz said as Frankel watched from the crowd.

Palm Beach Councilman Bill Diamond, a big GOP fundraiser and one of the few Republican politicians in the audience, said afterward that he was “pleasantly surprised” and thought Wasserman Schultz’s comments were “conciliatory.”

“You’d expect (liberal themes) from the head of a political party, but the tone was not argumentative and it wasn’t that partisan. She didn’t portray Republicans as being devils,” Diamond said. “There seemed to be a willingness to work on common goals and find bipartisan solutions and I think that in the long run is encouraging.”

20 Responses to “Wasserman Schultz at Forum Club lays out progressive agenda for Obama second term”

  1. oracle Says:

    Progressively take away your personal rights and freedom.

  2. Aubrey Says:

    600 ignorant gullible Useful Idiots in attendance. Even Barry “Food Stamp” Soetoro had to be amazed how stupid America has become. “Prevent Global Warming” but, though not surprisingly, not a word about the most critical issue facing America and the one Barry has no intent of confronting but adding to…the Debt.

  3. Save Biscayne Bay & Port Evergades Says:

    May I just say as a liberal, that DWS is definitely NOT.

  4. Ted the Nimble Says:

    DWS or “Blabbermouth” Shultz is a Lib and is as Lib as they come! All she does is spew lies. I remember watching her on Obama’s Network NBC saying the economy was better off under Barak Husssein’s leadership. She actually said it with a straight face! She is a hoot and as annoying as ever!

  5. Ted the Nimble Says:

    Oh yeah and Moo Shells hair looks stupid!

  6. Save Biscayne Bay & Port Evergades Says:

    You do not know what a Liberal is, if you think Congresswoman Schultz is one! Lol.
    Sorry, I just come from a different generation. Ours was educated btw. Good luck with all those punctuation marks.

  7. Debbie Speak Says:

    Debbie Debutante-Schultz forgot to mention the $8 trillion-plus national debt is the biggest threat to the middle class and their future quality of life. It must have slipped her partisan mind. Tax,tax,tax and spend,spend,spend is no solution, Little Debbie.

  8. Save Biscayne Bay & Port Evergades Says:

    Not according to Warren Buffet, but heck what does he know? I am certain you know much more than he does. Why don’t you run?

  9. Debbie Speaks II Says:

    @”Save Biscayne Bay & Port Everglades: Buffet has earned billions during the past four years by cuddling-up to the Obama Administration and play-acting his role as the “Uncle Warren of Liberalism”. Quit acting like a political tool(fool)and see the world as it is. Hades is full of both Democrat and Republican politicians.

  10. Save Biscayne Bay & Port Evergades Says:

    Hi #2,
    Warren Buffet filed his first tax return according to wiki, in 1944. He made his first billions long before Obama as well.
    I am not acting like a fool intentionally and I assume neither are you.

  11. T. J. Ewing Says:

    I love it when idiots blame Obama for the debt when it is Congress, controlled by the GOP that controls every dollar spent. You really should stop listening to Faux news. Try and grow a brain B4 making such comments or just read the Constitution if you want to know the truth. Guys like Rushbo, Billo and Beck are there for “entertainment” purposes only and wouldn’t know the truth if it bit them on the azz! Geez.

  12. Ted the Nimble Says:

    TJ Ewing is one uber smart guy. He gets all his info from the State run media. Everyone knows NBC, CBS, ABC NY Times etc are objective duh! Why would any one ever blame Barak Hussein for his open credit card? He is not responsible for anything in government. Only idiots like us 53% would think that.

  13. moishe Says:

    The only folks worse than Republicans are lying Democrats. May they all rot in Hell.

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