Mitt Romney may have formally won the Republican nomination for president Tuesday night, but there wasn’t much to celebrate, according to the head of the Democratic Party.
His win in the Texas primary finally, as expected, gave the former Massachusetts governor enough delegates to formally secure the GOP nomination to take on President Obama in November.
However, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was quick to remind folks that Romney’s victory didn’t come without a price.
“Tonight, after six years of trying and millions of dollars spent, and after a year of tepid support against one of the weakest fields in history, Mitt Romney has finally secured enough delegates to become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee,” she says in a statement released late Tuesday. “Romney may have finally gained enough delegates to become the nominee, but what’s been truly remarkable about his path to the nomination is how much damage he’s left in his wake as he enters the general election.”
Romney first ran for president in the 2008 election cycle, but failed to clinch the nomination that year — losing to Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
Wasserman Schultz, who also serves as a member of the House of Representatives from Florida, also ran down a litany of what she sees as what’s wrong with Romney’s record as he takes the reins as the GOP standard-bearer.
“On women’s rights, Mitt Romney’s message has been clear: he wants to ‘get rid of’ federal funding for Planned Parenthood and refuses to say whether he would have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. When it comes to educating our kids, Romney said he didn’t think smaller class sizes help students. And when it comes to jobs and the economy, Mitt Romney’s economic scheme is familiar and troubling: more budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy; fewer rules for Wall Street—the same formula that benefited a few, but crashed our economy and punished the middle class.
“On what should be a good news day for Romney, he once again reminds us of his commitment to ‘Romney Economics’ and the far-right wing of his party with his pandering to Donald Trump. Mitt Romney’s lack of moral leadership is striking: he values the support of folks like Trump—no matter how extreme their views,” she adds.
Indeed, Trump was widely seen as taking the spotlight away from Romney Tuesday, particularly by repeating his widely discredited claims that Obama is not a U.S. citizen. Even the Romney campaign called Trump’s renewed foray into birtherism an unwelcome distraction.
“This November, Americans will have a clear choice between an economy that is built to last and one that is built on outsourcing, loopholes, and risky financial deals that jeopardize our entire economy and threaten the security of the middle class. Those failed policies are not what Americans want, and that’s why they won’t support Mitt Romney in the fall,” Wasserman Schultz says.