Exclusive - Debbie Wasserman Schultz Extended Interview Pt. 1

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In this exclusive, unedited interview, Debbie Wasserman Schultz talks HealthCare.gov problems and the Tea Party's Mount Rushmore. (5:48)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]WELCOME BACK.

MY GUESTTONIGHT CONGRESSWOMAN

FROM FLORIDA ALSO THE CHAIR OFTHE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL

COMMITTEE.

HER BOOK IS CALLED "FOR THENEXT GENERATION, A WAKE UP TO

SOLVING OUR NATION'S PROBLEMS."

PLEASE WELCOME DEBBIE WASSERMANSCHULTZ.

NICE TO SEE YOU.

>> YOU, TOO.

>> Jon: HOW ARE YOU?

>> HANGING IN THERE.

>> Jon: HOW IS THINGS GOINGBUSY?

>> A LITTLE INTENSE.

A COUPLE THINGS GOING ON.

>> Jon: THE BOOK IS CALLED"FOR THE NEXT GENERATION."

WHICH CLEARLY SAYS TO ME YOUHAVE GIVEN UP ON OUR GENERATION.

OUR GENERATION HAS SODISAPPOINTED YOU YOU THOUGHT

WELL FORGET THEM YOU GUYS TAKECARE OF IT.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> GOTTA AT LEAST TRY TO FOCUS

ON THE FUTURE.

IF WE CAN'T SALVAGE THIS ONE.

>> YES.

>> Jon: YOU ARE A PROPONENT OFGOVERNMENT'S ROLE OBVIOUSLY IN

HELPING TO IMPROVE PEOPLE'SLIVES, SAFETY NET.

I BELIEVE I WOULD AGREE WITH YOUON THAT PREMISE.

HAS THIS BEEN A GOOD RUN FORTHAT BELIEF SYSTEM?

[LAUGHTER]OR A SLIGHTLY COLD

WATER/GATORADE.

>> IT'S BEEN A LITTLE BUMPY FORTHOSE OF US THAT THINK THAT

GOVERNMENT IS NOT ALL OF THEPROBLEM AND CAN BE PART OF THE

SOLUTION.

GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY CAN BE APOSITIVE FORCE IN PEOPLES' LIVES

BUT WE CAN'T RELY ON GOVERNMENTFOR EVERYTHING.

WE HAVE TO STRIKE A BALANCE.

>> Jon: IN YOUR MIND BECAUSEBOY DID THE REPUBLICANS.

THEY HANDED THE DEMOCRATS AGOLDEN OPPORTUNITY BY BEING

CRAZY PEOPLE.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> WELL --

>> Jon: AND THEN SO YOU COULDHAVE ESTABLISHED THIS.

WHAT HAPPENED?

WHAT IN THE MECHANISM IS GOINGWRONG AND IS THIS TOO LARGE AN

ISSUE FOR GOVERNMENT TO BEINVOLVED IN?

WHAT HAPPENED?

YOU WOULD THINK BECAUSE ICHAIRED THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL

COMMITTEE THAT I WOULD AGREEWITH YOU THAT THE REPUBLICANS

HANDED US THE GOLDENOPPORTUNITY.

POLITCALLY I THINK THEY DIDTHEMSELVES SOME SERIOUS DAMAGE.

BUT THE REALITY IS THEYDRAMATICALLY JEOPARDIZED OUR

ECONOMY, THEY BROKE GOVERNMENTEVEN WORSE THAN PEOPLE THINK IT

ALREADY IS AND WE'VE GOT TO GETIT BACK ON TRACK.

THE MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY POLITICS HAS TO STOP.

>> Jon: THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITYI SPEAK OF.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Jon: THEIR BEHAVIOR OVERTHE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS HAS

BEEN SOMEWHAT NIHILISTICTHAT BEING SAID HOW DO THE

DEMOCRATS SEIZE THAT MANTLE OFCOMPETENCE AND THOSE SORTS OF

THINGS?

>> I HOPE WHEN PEOPLE READ MYBOOK THAT THEY TREAT IT AS A

ROAD MAP FOR HOW THEY CAN GETENGAGED. WE NEED REAL PEOPLE

TO SOUND AN ALARMBELL. TOO MANY POLITICIANS

ALLOWED THEMSELVESTO BE STRANGLED BY THE TEA

PARTY.

THE TAIL IS WAGGING THE DOG.

>> Jon:I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO SAY THEY WERE ROBOTS.

GOWHEN YOU SAID WE NEED REALS.

PEOPLE>> THEY HAVE ROBOTIC LIKE

TENDENCIES. I UNDERSTANDIT CAN'T ALWAYS BE MY WAY.

YOU HAVE TO REACH ACROSS THEAISLE AND WORK TOGETHER.

WE NEED REAL PEOPLE WE NEED MOMSTO GET INVOLVED

WHETHER IT'S EDUCATION OR HEALTHCARE OR IMMIGRATION REFORM OR

THE ECONOMY.

AND CHOOSE THE ISSUE THAT THEYCARE ABOUT THE MOST.

AND TRY TO INFLUENCE AND GET

INVOLVED IN THAT ISSUE SO THEYCAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

BECAUSE IF WE LET THESE THINGSGO OUR KIDS ARE REALLY GOING TO

SUFFER.

>> Jon: OBSTRUCTIONISM ASIDEAND I KNOW IT MAKES IT HARDER

AND CERTAINLY FOR THEM THEY HAVENO STAKE IN SEEING IT SUCCEED.

KNOWING THAT THAT IS PART OF THEEQUATION, WHAT DO YOU THINK WENT

WRONG ON THE -- I DON'T WANT TOSAY THE DEMOCRAT SIDE BUT THE

ADMINISTRATIVE SIDE WHERE THISGREAT OPPORTUNITY TO ROLL OUT

THIS INCREDIBLE INITIATIVEFOR HEALTH CARE GOES SO SOUTH

WHEN IT COULD HAVE REALLY, NOTPUT THE NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF

OBSTRUCTIONISM BUT DEMONSTRATEDTHIS IS WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

IN TERMS OF BEING ABLE TO BEHELPFUL TO THE CITIZENS.

>> ANY TIME YOU HAVE A MAJORCHANGE IN ANY SYSTEM LIKE THE

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, WE KNOWTHERE ARE GOING TO BE KINKS AND

BUMPS.

AND THERE HAVE BEEN WITH THEROLLOUT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE

ACT.

BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WHATWE SHOULD BE -- WE ALL HAVE ATO

AGREE ON ONE BASIC PREMISE THATEVERYBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO

ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE QUALITYHEALTH CARE AND BECAUSE WE CAN'T

SEEM TO GET REPUBLICANS TO AGREEON THAT BASIC PREMISE THEY ARE

HELL BENT ON THROWING EVERYOBSTACLE IN THE PATH OF TRYING

TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT HAPPENS.

YES, THERE'S KINKS BUT IN MYEXPERIENCE IN GOVERNMENT, WHEN

YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLEIMPLEMENTING A LAW, YOU

WORK TOGETHER TO IRON OUT THOSEPROBLEMS.

YOU DON'T TRY TO REPEAL IT ORDELAY IT 46 TIMES.

YOU DON'T HOLD THE ECONOMYHOSTAGE.

>> Jon: I'M NOT IN GOVERNMENTBUT I HEARD 47 IS THE CHARM.

IT'S AN OLD SAYING I HAVE HEARD.

[LAUGHTER]>> YOU HAVE TED CRUZ, MARCO

RUBIO, MIKE LEE AND RAND PAULWHO ESSENTIALLY THE MOUNT

RUSHMORE OF THE TEA PARTY DOINGEVERYTHING THEY CAN TO PREVENT

PEOPLE LIKE ME.

I'M A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR.

ON JANUARY 1 PEOPLE LIKE ME WILLHAVE AN OPPORTUNITY NEVER AGAIN

BE DENIED COVERAGE FORPREEXISTING CONDITIONS.

>> Jon: THERE'S WONDERFULTHINGS IN THIS HEALTH CARE.

YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO LOG ON.

>> PEACE OF MIND.

>> Jon: YES.

FOR THE NEXT GENERATION IS ONTHE BOOKSHELVES NOW.

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

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