As chair of the Democratic National Committee, South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz faces a tough task in November: Keeping her party from losing its U.S. Senate majority and keeping the GOP from enlarging its majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Polls so far indicate both could happen.
But in an interview with WLRN, Wasserman Schultz says she's convinced voters will ultimately reject Republican "extremism" and what she calls the GOP's "distractions" strategy.
"Votes are still focused on jobs and the economy," she argues, "not on repealing Obamacare."
A host of other issues could play a role this fall, from the Veterans Affairs debacle to the controversy surrounding President Obama's negotiated release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity. In the WLRN interview, Wasserman Schultz argues for both a raise in the federal minimum wage and more promotion of small business - but the GOP claims that a minimum wage hike will only hamstring small biz.
Listen here to excerpts from the interview: