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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."