Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Statement on Ames Straw Poll Results

Aug 13, 2011, 19:10 ET from Democratic National Committee

"The Only Winner Today Was the Tea Party"

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today on the results of the Iowa GOP's Ames Straw Poll:

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"Today's results could have been easily predicted by anyone who watched the Republican debate on Thursday, heard Mitt Romney say at the Iowa State Fair this week that 'corporations are people,' or have been following the race up to now.  All of the Republican candidates have made clear their allegiance to the Tea Party, supporting extreme policies that would hurt the middle class, seniors, and students.  The only winner tonight was the Tea Party.

"We're not hearing any new ideas or solutions from Republicans, just the same failed Republican ideas that endangered our economy in the first place.  Every single Republican candidate, just like Washington Republicans, is embracing policies that would maintain corporate loopholes and tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, which would force the middle class to bear much of the burden.  Every single Republican candidate supports the Ryan budget plan and Cut, Cap and Balance that would end Medicare as we know it and remove the safety net for America's seniors.

"None of the Republican candidates are willing to stand up for the middle class and working families. They are more than willing to take their cues from the Tea Party and let them take over the Republican Party, and they are putting ideology first.  The Ames Straw Poll may be over, but the campaign continues.  As these Republican candidates travel the country, I have no doubt they'll make clear to voters where they stand-on the side of large corporations and the wealthiest Americans, not the middle class, seniors, or students."

SOURCE Democratic National Committee