Wasserman Schultz: All-Women Team ‘Would Get This Done in a Few Hours’

October 14, 2013 - 8:28 AM

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Democratic National Committee Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(CNSNews.com) - Women would do a better job than men of solving the current government stalemate, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said on Monday -- because "a woman doesn't want to ruin the person on the other side of the aisle or the table."

"If we put all the women, Republican and Democrat, in the House together, the consensus from all of us is that we would get this done in a few hours," Wasserman Schultz -- the head of the Democratic National Committee -- told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Why not put Sarah Palin in the room, joked Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who was interviewed along with Wasserman Schultz.

"You know, I would argue that even if Sarah Palin were in the room, that we could find a way to get to yes, because that's usually women's goal," Wasserman Schultz replied.

Women are not less ideological, but they're "less dug in," she said, after she was asked why only four women signed an August 21 letter to House Speaker John Boehner, urging him to "affirmatively de-fund the implementation and enforcement of Obamacare" in any continuing resolution.

"The reason that, I would suspect, only four Republican women signed that letter is because they understand that they're not leaving themselves enough room to reach across the aisle and work together and find a way to get out of this crisis," Wasserman-Schultz said.

"If you put your name in ink, black and white for all to see, you're solidifying yourself to a pretty hardened position. Usually women prefer to hang back. They might take a firm position, but they're going to leave themselves some room, because in a negotiation, a woman doesn't want to ruin the person on the other side of the aisle or the table -- they want to make sure they can find a way to have them feel good about the final outcome -- and also make sure that they get as much out of the negotiation as they can."

Wasserman Schultz went on "Morning Joe" to promote her new book, "For the Next Generation."