DNC Chairwoman: Obama Is In ‘Remarkably Good Shape’ Heading Into 2012

Written by Timothy Ruth on Aug. 15, 2011

With President Obama beginning a bus tour and making stops in Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa this week in order to talk to supporters about ways to grow the economy and strengthen the middle class, Democratic National Committe chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says that Obama is in good shape heading into the 2012 elections.

“He still has widespread support,” Rep. Wasserman Schultz said Sunday on Face the Nation. She added that Obama is in “remarkably good shape” despite his approval ratings falling.

In three key states, his approval rating has dropped within two years: In his home state of Illinois, it has dropped from 71% to 54%, in the key swing state of Iowa — which has gone to the Democrats in the last few presidential elections — his approval fell from 61% to 49%, and his Minnesota approval fell from 66% to 52%.

“The president is in actually remarkably good shape, given that he is still struggling to help pull our economy out of the Republican recession that he inherited. His numbers are still strong,” Wasserman Schutlz said Sunday on CBS.

She also put the blame on the economy on former Pres. George W. Bush. “[Obama inherited] the worst recession that we’ve had since the Great Depression, created by the policies, the failed policies of the previous Republican administration, where we went from a record surplus to a record deficit. So we have begun to turn things around. We acknowledge that we have a long way to go and we are certainly no longer in free fall,” she said.

She also took jabs at the current field of Republican contenders. “Essentially, they are all so similar that they might as well be Lego,” the DNC chairwoman said. “They’re that interchangeable.” She added that they’re all too busy trying to “out-right-wing each other”.