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Video: Wasserman Schultz discusses Arizona tragedy, calls for political civility



Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a ranking Democrat from South Florida, appeared on Meet The Press this morning to discuss the shootings in Arizona and discusses safety issues surrounding politicians -- the shooter's motivations are still unclear -- and the vitriolic tone of politics today.

"We fight and debate in an arena, but you have to leave that intensity in the arena and respect one another as Americans and as human beings" she said. "It's a moment for both parties in Congress to come together. We absolutely have to realize that we're all in this for the same reason, to make America a better place."


"It's our responsibility to make sure that we set the right example and set the tone of civility but the shock jocks and the political movement leaders that are out there on both sides of the aisle need to have some pause as well," Wasserman Schultz said, adding that she was subject to extreme language from Joyce Kaufman, a radio host who took a job, then quit, as new U.S. Rep. Allen West's chief of staff.


[Last modified: Sunday, January 9, 2011 1:41pm]


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