DNC chair on Walker comments: ‘I shouldn’t have used the words I used’


Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaks to reporters  Aug. 26 in Weston, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) on Thursday acknowledged choosing her words poorly when she compared Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's record on women's issues to an act of violence.

"I shouldn’t have used the words I used," she said in a statement. "But that shouldn't detract from the broader point that I was making that Scott Walker’s policies have been bad for Wisconsin women, whether it's mandating ultrasounds, repealing an equal pay law, or rejecting federal funding for preventative health care, Walker's record speaks for itself. As for the issue of domestic violence, it's unacceptable that a majority of Congressional Republicans opposed this critical legislation, of which I was a proud cosponsor, after blocking its reauthorization for more than a year."

In an appearance in Milwaukee on Wednesday, Wasserman Schultz said: "Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality."

Her comments were quickly denounced by Walker's lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch (R). Walker's Democratic opponent in the governor's race also took issue with the remarks.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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