In an address to the George Washington University College Democrats, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was just named the new chair of the Democratic National Committee, told a full house that "Democrats will be back."
The 18-year Congresswoman, herself a former vice president of the College Democrats in Florida, emphasized throughout her speech the importance of getting students and other young people involved in the campaign.
"We need college students in the trenches to keep Obama in the White House, take back the House, and keep a majority in the Senate," she said. "You are the future of our party."
Wasserman Schultz outlined the platform for Democrats going into the 2012 election: to highlight the stark differences between Democrats and Republicans.
"Elections have consequences, and we need to articulate the differences between Democrats fighting for the middle class, and Republicans fighting for the elite and the super wealthy," she said.
Wasserman Schultz mentioned, among other accomplishments Democrats will run on in 2012, debt relief for students, affordable health care, and progress in social issues, including the Lily Ledbetter Act and repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Of DADT repeal, Wasserman Schultz said that it "strengthens our armed forces and ensures that any American brave enough to serve their country can do so."
Wasserman Schultz expressed confidence that, by communicating clearly to the American people the many accomplishments of the Obama administration and by "highlighting Republican hypocrisy," Obama can win reelection and Democrats will make gains in both chambers.
"Rest assured that Democrats will be back," she said.
And the one-liner of the night? To a question on labor union protests in Wisconsin: "I think Governor Walker deserves the Organizer of the Year award."
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