Mitt Romney Makes Florida Unemployment Joke; Debbie Wasserman Schultz Whines
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has apparently run out of things to complain about.
Her target this week is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who's in the middle of a fundraising tour through Florida.
The New York Times reports that while Romney was meeting unemployed Floridians at a Tampa coffee shop today listening to their stories and as a transition into explaining his run for president, he said, "I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed."
Romney let out a chuckle, and the group of eight unemployed Floridians joined him.
Then Wasserman Schultz got word of Romney's quip, and she decided to grumble about it.
"Mitt Romney's comments today at an event with unemployed Floridians that he's 'also unemployed' is inappropriate and insensitive to the millions of Americans looking for work," she says in a statement. "This comment shows that Mitt Romney -- a man who wants for nothing and whose only occupation for more than four years has been to run for President -- is incredibly out of touch with what's going on in our country and around the dinner tables of those who are out of work."
Apparently not hip to humor, Wasserman Schultz rambles on:
"Being unemployed, Mr. Romney, is not a joke -- not to my constituents in Florida or to millions of Americans across the country. Folks in my home state and across the country, who are struggling every day to make ends meet, do not need someone making light of their situation. Equating his run for the presidency with the difficulties of these honest hard-working Americans is shocking and is a reflection of his inability to comprehend the struggles of the American people. The fact is, the failed policies of the past, that he is advocating for, got us into the situation we're in the first place and Americans want neither a repeat of those policies or the type of out-of-touch and failed leadership Mitt Romney represents."
What a Debbie Downer.
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