Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., DNC Chair and close friend of former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, said “Gabby is doing so well.” Wasserman Schultz joined ABC News in a web exclusive after her appearance on the “This Week” roundtable Sunday, discussing her political career and personal motivations, Chuck Hagel’s selection as defense secretary, in addition to sharing news about Giffords.
“Gabby is doing so well. She’s made tremendous progress. She continues to make progress,” Wasserman Schultz said. ”She’s given a couple of short speeches. We saw how incredible she was during her testimony in front of the United States Senate. She’s started an organization with her husband, Mark Kelly, Americans for Responsible Solutions. And they’re advocating all over the country for a responsible approach to dealing with gun violence and gun safety.”
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What are your political plans for the future? Would you consider running for president?
“Well, you know, I was just reelected to my fifth term in the House of Representatives and it is such a privilege to represent my community in South Florida in Washington. I’m focused on doing the best job I possibly can for them. At the same time, President Obama asked me to take on another term as chair of the Democratic National Committee, so I’m focused on that for right now and trying to get a handle on this deficit and continue to get the economy turned around. You know… we’ll address my future plans down the road.”
What motivates you to do the job you do, every day?
“Well that’s easy – my three incredible children. I have twin thirteen year-olds and a nine-year-old. And they really are my motivation to make the world a better place, to help make other people’s lives better. That’s what my public service has been all about and, you know, I look at all the decisions that I make through the lens of being their mom.”
How do you feel about President Obama’s selection of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary?
“I think President Obama’s selection of Secretary Hagel, who was just confirmed by the Senate, was a wise one. Secretary Hagel is going to represent the United States very well across the country. I think the combination of his experience as a United States senator and also, his background as a Vietnam veteran and the first enlisted soldier to rise all the way to the post of Secretary of Defense is going to serve our troops well.”
Lightning Round: iPhone or Blackberry?
“Actually, Samsung Galaxy.”
Favorite movie this year?
“Lincoln, for sure.”