Former Clinton adviser Lanny Davis appeared on The Washington Times affiliated radio program America’s Morning News on Wednesday Morning and criticized Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for saying that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney did not win Tuesday night’s New Hampshire primary.
Mr. Davis told AMN’s morning host John McCaslin that he was disappointed with the Florida Democratic Congresswoman who said to Talking Points Memo on January 7, three days before the primary:
“I would not put the cart before the horse and define him as an unambiguous frontrunner,” DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told TPM in an interview at St. Anselm College in Manchester. “He’s coming off what at some point probably wont even be defined as a win in Iowa where fewer voters came out for him than came out in 2008.” She added that anything less than 50% in New Hampshire should be interpreted as a sign of weakness given his close ties to the state.
“I actually think Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose a friend of mine, I actually saw her on television today saying that Romney didn’t win last night..that it wasn’t a big victory,” said Mr. Davis to McCaslin of Wasserman Schultz’s remarks. “I mean, why is it that people who are smart people like Debbie Wasserman Schultz who speak for my party look into the television camera and say something that everyone knows is untrue, because someone gave her a talking point.”
Governor Romney won the New Hampshire Primary with 39 percent of the vote after 95 percent of precincts reported their results. Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, finished second with 23 percent and former Utah Governer Jon Huntsman finished third with 17 percent. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum finished closely together with nine percent of the New Hampshire primary votein 4th and 5th respectively, while Texas Governor Rick Perry placed last with one percent.