Today we had the great honor of welcoming DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to the Granite State. Here to mark the 47th birthday of Medicare, the chairwoman spoke at three volunteer led events about the President’s achievements on health care and what is really at stake this November. It was a non-stop day, with events in Portsmouth, Concord and Laconia but we managed to find a couple of minutes to sit down and talk about what motivates her, how she finds the time to do what she does, and why the Granite State is her favorite holiday destination.
You are so passionate about what you do, I mean, you are literally doing two jobs at once to fight for the average American. What motivates you to work so hard?
“As a mother I actually see myself as having three jobs. But it’s my job as a mother that motivates me to work so hard in my other two. My children are the very reason I get up and go to work each morning. I want to look back at all of this and know that I have done all I can to protect their future, and the future of every American child. My twins spent their formative years growing up with a Republican controlled White House, it was disconcerting to see how their misguided policies were shaping my children’s futures. I took the role of DNC Chair because I knew that things had to change."
If there is one message that our volunteers need to take out with them on the door step tomorrow what would it be?
"People need to be aware of the choice they have in this election and what we are doing today, and what we will continue to do over the next 100 days, is to ensure that people have all the facts. The choice we make in this election will set a course not just for the next four years, but for generations to come. It really is a make or break moment for the middle class. And we need to make sure people know that they have a President who is on their side. We need to finish what we started in 2008, finish rebuilding the economy, restoring our values and keeping the American promise alive for my kids, your kids and future generations. I’m going to fight hard over the next 100 days to make sure we get this chance in November.”
I know you travel a lot, but I think it's safe to assume you look forward to coming to New Hampshire more than other states. Tell us why that is.
"I absolutely love coming here, as I told the folks in Portsmouth this morning, New Hampshire is like a home from home for me and my family. My husband Steve has a lifelong tie to the state, spending a lot of his childhood holidays up here. I knew straight away that I wanted my children to have the same experiences growing up. When you live in Florida, a vacation paradise for many, it takes a pretty special place to spend your vacation! From the sea to the mountains, for us, New Hampshire really does have it all."
We still have lots of work to do. This weekend marks a national weekend of action which starts the 100 day countdown to election day. Please let us know if you can spare some time this weekend.