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White House affirms support for Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The White House today affirmed support for Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the confidence level in the Florida Democrat and said:

"Look, the president appointed her to be the chair of the DNC during his first term, which means that part of her legacy at the DNC is having built campaign apparatus that succeeded in re-electing the first African American president. Obama is, of course, the  first president since Eisenhower to be elected and reelected with more than 50% of the vote, and certainly the DNC and the structure that was built and financed through Debbie Wasserman Schultz's efforts can take some credit for that, she should. The president made clear that Debbie Wasserman Schultz has always had his back, and he's gonna have hers. He announced his support for her reelection campaign and he is certainly appreciative of all the important work she has done at the DNC."

Last week in Miami, President Obama personally stuck up for Wasserman Schultz, whose leadership at the DNC has come under fire, most recently from Bernie Sanders and Co.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2016 6:36pm]


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