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Wasserman Schultz retreats on Jim Crow and Florida election law

CNN reports the chair of the Democratic National Committee walked back some critical remarks after suggesting Republicans "want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws."

The statement came up Sunday when she was asked about GOP efforts to require IDs and cut short early voting opportunities: "You have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws and literally - and very transparently - block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates," she told CNN contributor Roland Martin.

The National Republican Congressional Committee fired back Monday and accused Wasserman Schultz of making "absurd accusations" and "offensive remarks." CNN notes she responded by "dialing back" her comments, saying "Jim Crow was the wrong analogy to use.'

"I don't regret calling attention to the efforts in a number of states with Republican dominated legislatures, including Florida, to restrict access to the ballot box for all kinds of voters, but particularly young voters, African Americans and Hispanic Americans."


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Debbie is such an idiot.


Before her reign as queen of the Democratic Party eloi is over some cartoonist is going to put Debbie in a WWII soldier helmet and have depict her saying "I know nothink" a la the Sergeant Shultz character from the old Hogan's Heroes show.

tally folly

GOP are using despicable tactics to deny eiligible voters their right to participate in the process so that it may benefit them in the polls.


Please for the love of God tell me who is standing at the voting precinct stopping Democrats from voting in and election and I will personally take them on.

This just stupid.


I don't get it I lived in a very mixed area and I was able to get to the polls, so I don't see what's stopping anyone. And why would we need 3 weeks before the real day to get rid of da bums. I never had any problems, but maybe they could stay open till 8 pm. It is just creepy that the GOP wants to cut the early voting down to shorter days. Most dems vote early and that might be one of the issues.



The Democrats' Missing History

Of course the Democrats have difficulty with facts.

Uncle Sam

Bottom line on a more broader issue. Florida is really a laughing stock on requiring restoration of rights before voting. Almost all states allow folks to vote once they are released from prison. They have paid for their crime with their sentence, let them vote. Its dispicable that esentially politics is denying citizens to vote because they think they will vote for the opposite party. This is why I can't stand republicans. Seems like a dictatorship way of ruling.

Canes  Fan

Debbie may have apologized to Republicans but the real damage has already been done. Her intended audience, the black community, has assimilated the message. Are they aware of her apology? Probably not.

She used their pain for her political purposes.

She needs to go back on the same show and apologize for using them in that way. Her actions were despicable.


With regards to Pelosi's pet chihuahua, she forgot that when the Democrats took control in Florida they created a new constitution in 1876 weakening the governor's power, because of fear of a Republican or an African-American being elected and because blacks made up 44% of the population. They created a poll tax and a literacy test. This was purposely done to disenfranchised not only blacks but lower income citizens.

By her comment what can we conclude, she is ignorant, stupid or she just wants to incite this hatred for Republicans.

With regards to voting and presenting id, it keeps the process legitimate. Finally with the issue of early voting how many days do we need to vote? It cost money to keep the polls open, it does not necessarily get people to go out and vote. The bottom-line is those who are really concerned about their government be it, local, state, or national will make the effort to go out and vote.

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