DNC Chair: ‘We Were Clearly Helped by the Republicans’

By Melanie Arter | November 19, 2012 | 5:23 PM EST

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) said the GOP “clearly helped” the Democrats win in the presidential election, because they chose not to take a “more moderate path.”

“We were clearly helped by the Republicans, because out of the gate, they had a decision to make. When they took over the House majority, they could have taken a more moderate path – unlikely given the Tea Party extremists that they elected in 2010,” she said during a discussion Wednesday hosted by Emily’s List, a group known for supporting pro-abortion female candidates.

“But HR 3, I mean in the third bill out of the gate, if you recall, was the bill that would have redefined rape as forcible rape. I mean that sent the clearest signal to women about what was in store for us across the country,” Wasserman-Schultz said.

H.R. 3, also known as the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, prohibits taxpayer funded abortions and provides for conscience protections, and for other purposes. The bill was passed in the House in 2011 but not in the Senate.

“And you know, they could have just left it at that, but then the assault on Planned Parenthood, the assault on Title X, the idea that we should refight the battle over whether we have access to affordable birth control, and the list goes on. And then we know how the rest of the election played out,” Wasserman-Schultz said.

She praised Emily’s List for helping to elect more women to Congress and pointed out that when the new Congress gavels in there will be 20 women senators and 81 women in the House of Representatives.

“There is no longer an all-male state legislature anywhere in the country,” she said, adding that “40 percent of the U.S. population now has at least one woman senator.”