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November 13th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz: Petraeus scandal 'disturbing,' fiscal cliff negotiation requires balanced approach

On "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" this morning, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) weighs in on latest in the investigation into the Petraeus sex scandal, which overnight widened to include ISAF chief Gen. John Allen.

“Disturbing is the word that has come to my mind since all of this has come to light," Wasserman Schultz says. "Really, I think it goes without saying, that if you’re the Director of the CIA, if you’re a four star general in the United States Army, that you have to hold yourself to a higher standard and you can’t put yourself in a comprising position.”

Wasserman Schultz also weighs in on upcoming negotiations between President Obama and Congress in dealing with the fiscal cliff.

"President Obama spent 18 months campaigning on the idea that we needed balance," she says. "We have to deal with deficit reduction, but the #1 thing we have to deal with is creating jobs and turning the economy around."

"If Tom Price and Jason Chaffetz, both of whom I get along really well with, don't understand that the balanced approach won last Tuesday, then we are in for a real problem," she adds.

Filed under: Fiscal cliff • Petraeus scandal
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  1. dentalmagic

    IF Obama and/or the senate intelligence committee didn't know of the investigation by the FBI and Petraeus' involvement the affair either someone in the chain of command is lying or covering up who knew what and when. It should go without reason that if there is an investigation involving of the head of the CIA the president should be informed immediately. Obama's contention that he was unaware of Patraeus' tryst is either a flat out lie by obama or Holder, Clapper and others are incompetent at their jobs and should be reprimanded or replaced. I have a problem with the fact that the president was uninformed he needs to know what is going on in his administration
    . While I'm at it, why is POTUS going to Burma when he has an ongoing investigation with his CIA director and an economy to fix. He always skips town when the heat in Washington gets too hot. He continues to admonish congress to get things worked out while he globe trots. Oh and by the way, Has he attended any morning intelligence briefings in his second term or is he going to blow those off too? I'm sure the murder of ambassador Stevens came as a complete surprise because his lack of knowledge. He was out raising more money and spewing lies about what he did or didn't know.

    November 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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