Mom On a Mission: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Says Women Are Changing Washington

The DNC chair warns of future political crises unless elected officials work for bipartisanship.
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Hello and welcome to top line I'm Olivier -- of Yahoo! News joined of course Rick Klein of ABC news. And our guest today is congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who's written a new book called for the next generation. Welcome to the program thank you -- -- to be with you. So in the book you win against government by crisis of course we -- rather spectacular example of government by crisis in the last few weeks. But there's one aspect I find very interesting about this and there's been a lot of reporting. It suggests that more women in the senate more women in government played a role in breaking the logjam are women making a difference. Women are so often consensus builders mean -- -- much more focused on getting to yes rather than obliterated our our opponents on the other side. And and start of the congressional and softball. Gains in part of that reason we have the Republican and democratic women -- same team against the common enemy that the -- -- that -- this is so much made about the potential for this to break the fever this less confrontation in the aftermath all already were seen people say. We're back at it again in December and January and February what is it gonna take to really -- the system up and say -- be we're beyond this governance by crisis. It's gonna take each of us taking on personal responsibility as members. To not go down this -- again and I know that I have taken steps to. It's -- no Republican members more personally Dan Webster and I started a bipartisan dinner when he first was elected after sitting together. At the state of the union after Gabby Giffords was shot. And that we did that because we thought we needed to get to know each other better and needed to start building some trust and it's gonna. If -- don't make that effort numbers don't personally make an effort. And reaching across the aisle. And I think it's almost unavoidable I don't think the intensity of the Tea Party has hasn't lessened any funds that experience W the chair of the democratic society pay what you do with politics with the DNC does -- politics. We are also the vote by -- Inclusive. And -- political party our way. What specifically are you permitted to do exit to kind of take some of that out of that make it about the personal relationships instead of the political fighting of the 21 years I've been in office. I've been in the minority for thirteen and you know in order to be -- to be effective I've always had -- -- -- -- house there are Republican members who. Want to work together and know that. It does -- to be my way -- the highway. The subtitled your book is a wake up call but of course books have a a special place in American politics at. Are you looking to run for another job and in the near future. I wrote this book really because I knew that all the decisions I make in life are done -- -- my lens -- being a mom. And it was really an alarmed -- of it I wanted to make -- That the major issues that we're facing and health care and education and crumbling infrastructure and civil rights and civil liberties that that are being blocked out it like -- on the -- campus on. On all of those issues if we don't make tough decision now decisions now we don't work together. To solve big problems. Then it's women and it dramatically hurt markets so conventional wisdom forever has been Democrats have no real shot at taking back the house and when he fourteen is anything changed that equation as a result of what we've witnessed these last few weeks or what we witnessed -- those last few weeks isn't about politics at all it's been pretty clear. Through the polling that. You know that the Republican numbers you have reached an Nader that I don't think that could go any lower a year as a very long time but there are. Opportunities for us to show the very clear contrast like we did during the presidential election last year. But with it very clear path and -- laid out and the American people clearly -- President Obama and Democrats and we'll have that opportunity of next year. All right the book is for the next generation -- -- has been congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. That is all the time we have for top line you can find us all week on And news dot I'm -- -- follow me on Twitter at though Knox and I'm Rick Klein at recline on Twitter. And as ever put on -- next.

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