Wasserman Schultz: Obama Is Democrats' 'Best Asset' in Election

Wasserman Schultz: Obama Is Democrats' 'Best Asset' in Election

Monday afternoon on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) backed up Vice President Biden’s prediction that Democrats would retain control of the Senate following Tuesday’s election.

“Should the Democratic party as a whole be preparing for this takeover?” Tapper asked the Wasserman Schultz.

“I agree with the vice president, we’re going to hold the Senate tomorrow night,” Wasserman Schultz replied.

“The reason we’re going to hold the Senate is twofold; we have, going into Election Day, a superior ground game that’s run circles around the Republicans. We have more absentee ballots in Iowa… we’ve significantly increased our early vote turnout here in Florida over our 2010 turnout, and this was a razor-thin election four years ago. Charlie Crist will be elected the first Democratic governor in the 21st century in Florida, because the bottom line is voters are going to the polls the last few weeks and tomorrow, asking themselves one question: ‘Who has my back? Who cares about the issues that matter most to me?’”

“Congresswoman, do you think it’s been an effective strategy for so many Democrats to distance themselves from President Obama as much as they have this cycle?” Tapper asked.

“Jake, the President really is our best asset,” Wasserman Schultz said. “He is our best GOTV [get out the vote] motivator, our best fundraiser…”

“But he hasn’t been deployed?” Tapper pressed.

“Look, I’ll stack up our surrogates against Republican surrogates any day,” the congresswoman replied. “We’ve got President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary Clinton, President Clinton, and they’ve got Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Rand Paul? So we’re in pretty good shape in terms of who’s been deployed across the country to stump for our candidates.”

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