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Playing Partisan From Her Hill Perch

Bill Clark/Roll Call

While she described her top political priority as Obama’s re-election, Wasserman Schultz said the goal would have a residually positive effect for House Democrats, whom she bullishly said “have a really good chance” at reclaiming the 25 seats necessary to win back the majority.

“The re-election of President Obama will help ensure that we take the House back because obviously coattails point down, and we’re going to make sure he has the longest coattails in history after we’re done with this election,” she said.

Wasserman Schultz has much to do to help the president win a second term, although she declined to discuss any new strategies she would institute under her watch.

Looking to her own political future, Wasserman Schultz laughed when asked whether she might want to be president someday.

“I am concentrating on three things: Being Rebecca, Jake and Shelby’s mom. Re-electing President Obama. Getting Debbie Wasserman Schultz re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and being the best Representative that I can be,” she said. “There’s always been a lot of talk about my rise, rising star. I think all of that is baloney.”

She continued: “The best praise that anybody could heap on me is that I’m a hard worker, and if I’m rewarded for that hard work, it’s just going to make me more effective for constituents.”

But on this day, the focus wasn’t totally on her own political future or her role at the DNC.

Around midday, she was set to fly to Houston to visit her close friend, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who is still recovering from a violent attack earlier in the year. While in the Southwest, Wasserman Schultz planned to attend at least two fundraisers, an early example of how her life as a multitasking mother, friend and legislator just got busier as the DNC chairwoman.

It wasn’t even 9 a.m. when she burst out the front door and toward a waiting car. She had already done a national television interview before sitting down with Roll Call. But she had a little more work to do before flying.

“I still haven’t packed,” she said.

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