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Democratic Party Has a Problem, Wasserman Schultz Says

The Democratic National Committee chairwoman announces a review of midterm losses amid a surge of intra-party tension.
U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from Florida and chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), speaks during an interview in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from Florida and chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), speaks during an interview in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

Photographer: David Banks/Bloomberg

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Saturday acknowledged her party's losses in the past two midterm elections and said she would initiate “a top-to-bottom assessment of how we can do better.”

“The American people believe in the causes we’re fighting for,” she said in a video released by the DNC. “But the electoral success we have when our presidential nominee is able to make a case to the country as a whole doesn’t translate in other elections. That’s why we lost in 2010, and it’s why we lost on Tuesday.”