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MSNBC "The Ed Show" - Transcript: Elections in FL-13 and Obamacare

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SCHULTZ: Let me bring in Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida who is
also the Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Congresswoman, good to have you on. What do you take from last night`s .

REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D) FLORIDA: Great to be with you.

SCHULTZ: Do last night`s the results give you any sense in your bones of what it`s going to be like in November?

D. SCHULTZ: No, I mean, I think if you look -- but obviously, we would have preferred to have the outcome be different.

SCHULTZ: Sure.

D. SCHULTZ: You know, winning is way better than loosing. But, if you look back at the special election cycles that we`ve been through, 2006 Democrats lost every special -- every competitive special election in that year and we ultimately took the House back in 2010. We won every special election that was competitive that year and we lost 63 feats. So, you know, Greg Walden, the head of the NRCC last night, basically said that,
you know, these elections are not predictive. And if you look at this race very closely, you can see that, I mean, it`s sort of - see, we haven`t held in almost 60 years.

SCHULTZ: Yeah, I know.

D. SCHULTZ: And our candidate is really, I mean, she lost -- but she lost by less than 3500 votes. It`s the closest we`ve ever come in this race and you`ve got a special election electorate in the midterm that excuse (ph) far more conservative than it will .

SCHULTZ: So .

D. SCHULTZ: . in the general elections. So we`re really optimistic about this feats going into no (inaudible).

SCHULTZ: So this is not a referendum on Obamacare. What the median aired about there is?

D. SCHULTZ: Oh, no.

SCHULTZ: OK.

D. SCHULTZ: On the contrary, actually.

SCHULTZ: Yeah.

D. SCHULTZ: On the contrary, actually, Ed. In fact, the voters in Florida-13, very specifically, I think, said that they don`t want to repeal, especially independents, if you look at the polling in the exit polling, independents were actually opposed to Jolly`s message of repealing Obamacare and supported Alex Sink`s message of -- if there are problems as they arise, we should fix them.

SCHULTZ: Well, is that a good narrative? I mean, Alex Sink ran on fixing Obamacare. Do you think that`s a good platform and a good place for the Democrats to be because it walks into the narrative that there really is something wrong with this bill, there`s a heck of a lot more good than any kind of bad. Why say you`re going to go Washington and fix it?

D. SCHULTZ: Well, I think what he said is -- as many of our candidates have said, I`ve said it too, we should do with Obamacare. Anytime you have a major change and something like the healthcare system. As problems arise, we should work together to fix that. We shouldn`t be voting like we are this week for the 51st time, Ed, on Friday. We will vote for the 51st time to repeal or try to .

SCHULTZ: But .

D. SCHULTZ: . completely undermine the Affordable Care Act.

SCHULTZ: But congresswoman, respectfully, they`re voting 50 so many times to take down Obamacare and your folks are on the road saying, "Well, I`m going to go to Washington and fix it." I mean, to the people, I think, that that plays right into the narrative of negativity.

D. SCHULTZ: Well, we`re also talking about how as the LA Times article that the reporter that you just said on wrote that we have the lowest rate of uninsured in the country that we`ve ever had, that you have 13 million Americans who now have health insurance and that didn`t have it before .

SCHULTZ: Yes. Who`s against that?

D. SCHULTZ: . that the African-Americans and people of lower income have insurance for the first time. Young adults can stay on the parents insurance. We`re running on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act on what we`ve accomplished ..

SCHULTZ: Yeah.

D. SCHULTZ: . and we`re contrasting that with Republicans who says, "You know what? We`re going to take all that away from you." And that`s their platform. And I think that`s why it`s not a winning message for them.

SCHULTZ: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, great to have you with us tonight. Thanks so much.

D. SCHULTZ: Thanks Ed. Great to be with you.

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