Wasserman Schultz: Politics Didn’t Factor into Obama Keystone Pipeline Delay

DNC Chair and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) told Meet the Press’ David Gregory Sunday morning that President Barack Obama’s latest delay in the approval of the proposed Keystone Pipeline was not a political decision meant to animate members of the Democratic base ahead of the 2014 midterms.

“As a member of Congress who represents hundreds of thousands of people in south Florida, I want to make sure the right decision is arrived at and that the president makes that decision carefully and doesn’t factor politics into his decision, which I don’t think he is,” Wasserman Schultz said.

Wasserman Schultz denied that Obama had to shore up support among his base to prevent the Democrats from losing the Senate in November.

“Take a look at the 2012 U.S. Senate results,” Wasserman Schultz said. “You have in almost half of the Senate races that we had an open seat, the Democratic candidate won even though Mitt Romney won that state. So, you know, the predictions that we are headed for the minority in the United States Senate really don’t line up with the historical situation on the ground in those campaigns.”

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