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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Now a Lightning Rod in Party Politics Over Health Care

Move over, Alan Grayson. There's another Florida Democrat who's not afraid to ruffle Republican feathers -- West Broward Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. In yesterday MSNBC segment (roughly 3:15 of the video above) she was given the chance to recant a quote that appeared in this Politico article -- the part about women being "repulsed" by the Republican Party.

As you can see, she not only stood behind those words, she added another stinging quote, calling House Republicans "a caucus (that's) 90 percent male, 100 percent out of touch about issues that matter to women."

And that's not even the portion of the interview that offended House Minority Leader John Boehner.

Rather, Boehner chose this excerpt of the interview, in which Wasserman Schultz expresses hope that the health-care reform plan that passes the legislature will shed some of the restrictions against abortion that were a key to its passage in the House.

Republicans are gearing up for a fight on this particular issue, clearly hoping that they can exploit the pitched emotions about abortion as a way to get health care reform off track.

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Thomas Francis