WASHINGTON EXAMINER // SUSAN FERECCHIO
The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee wrote a scathing op-ed in the Concord Monitor on Saturday, tearing down the list of Republican presidential hopefuls who are visiting New Hampshire this weekend.
DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz had nothing nice to say about former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who visited the Granite State this past week and this weekend.
The nation's first primary will be held in New Hampshire.
Democrats are gearing up for a fight against Republican presidential candidates, who are just now beginning to jockey for position in the early voting states.
"We know what a Bush presidency would look like because we've seen it before," Wasserman Schultz wrote. "Policies that wreck the economy and turn back the clock on social progress. Jeb is completely out-of-touch with the American people, and he's no different than the rest of the Republican field."
Wasserman Schultz was no kinder to Walker, who she said divided Badger State residents and hurt the middle class.
"His priority has been adhering to his ideological views and pleasing the special interests that have funded his campaigns," she said.
Cruz, according to Wasserman Schultz, "embodies what's wrong with the Republican party," by serving as the "ringleader" of the Oct. 2013 stalemate over federal government funding that lead to a 16-day shutdown.
She blamed Perry's tenure as Texas governor for "some of the worst rates of income inequality in the country."
The latest polls show Walker and Bush leading the pack of GOP candidates.
A McClatchy/Marist survey found Bush with 19 percent of the vote and Walker with 18 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came in third with 10 percent of the vote.
Cruz and Perry were near the bottom of the pack with 4 percent and 3 percent of the vote, respectively.
On the Democratic side, the poll found Hillary Clinton as the runaway favorite with 60 percent of support. Vice President Joe Biden placed second with 13 percent, followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 12 percent.