Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: We have to remember 'words matter'
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz hopes we don't become intimidated by this shooting, we also realize words matter.
January 10th, 2011
08:35 AM ET

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: We have to remember 'words matter'

While the motivation for Saturday's attack in Tucson, Arizona are still unclear, a concern in Washington and in the nation at large is whether or not the current political rhetoric has gotten out of control.

Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz from Florida, and Republican Representative Ted Poe from Texas, are colleagues and friends of Gabrielle Giffords in Congress.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz warns that while "we cannot allow incidences like this intimidate."

"Words matter," she said.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. pw

    Hey teeabaggers! Sarah palin can't spell repudiate; there is no such word as refudiate. If you teabaggers believe you are just as dumb as her.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carol

    Words do matter. It doesn't matter how much you think that hate is justified in your own situation. Liberals have their own version, their own house to clean up before they start worrying about what other parties are doing:

    http://www.binscorner.com/pages/d/death-threats-against-bush-at-protests-i.html

    January 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Real Right

    you left liberal fire spewing nutjobs should all be tarred and featherd!!!

    January 10, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Carol

    "I hope they burn in hell!" <-More hate speak.

    "Well I guess the Tea Party got the 'second amendment remedies' they were looking for. Hopefully 6 lives satisfies thier bloodlust.." <–Hate speak. This is the United States of America. Innocent until proven guilty. I thought that was a liberal ideal as well.

    January 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. martin

    @ comment 21 wow! never owned a weapon but after reading your crap I might have to reconcider.

    January 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. david miller

    If "words matter" then why use "indicences" when "incidents" will do?

    January 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. greg

    What "words matter" Representative? There is zero indication this was a politically motivated attack. Shame on you for attempting to politicize this tragedy. Shame on you for trying to grab a few minutes in the spotlight. Shame on you for taking a cheap shot at your political opposition at the expense of the dead.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rdeldlewis

    please stop the madness.people are dead and Ms. Giffords is laying up in the hospital fighting for her life if we can't see that something is wrong with some the messages being put out there then we are in for rude awakening .we all need to pray for God to rescue us from ourselves.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dcford

    I do not agree with Palin about most thing but on some she is right. I have the impressio that she may believe some of the nonsense she espouses.

    However.

    An insane person will wrap himself(herself) in whatever he chooses to believe at the moment. They will portray themselves as a backer, a friend to the enemy..playing the spy. The ranting of people like Rush and Palin don't cause their violence. Even with medical help some will resort to violence. I was married to a man who lied to many women
    and had protection orders issued by at least 3 of us. Neither fringe elements, liberal or conservative create these people.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Patty

    Please think back tothe mid term elections. Not once did the pres or any democrat threatened or said anything close to what the tea party or palin, rush or beck said. Go to the internet and read it all. What we say does matter it creates a
    Violent and hostil atmosphere.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 2100

    @ pw , We hope u burn in hell too !!! ..i love to hate

    January 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jthenry

    Freedom of speech, even to vilify the opposition, is an unquestionable right, especially political rhetoric. Toning it down will not hinder violence of a deranged man.

    See Sen. Ted Kennedy's opposition to Reagan's Supreme Court appointee, Robert Bork: (Note: Sen. Joe Biden was head of the Senate Judiciary Committee,)

    "Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is—and is often the only—protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy... No justice would be better than this injustice."

    Bork responded, "There was not a line in that speech that was accurate.", and in an obituary of Kennedy, The Economist remarked that Bork may well have been correct, "but it worked."

    January 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 2100

    @ pw and you cant spell (teabaggers) right – so whats your point cry-baby

    January 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 2100

    A lover of HATE , a hater of love !.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. news.blogs.cnn.com

    Rep debbie wasserman schultz we have to remember words matter.. Corking 🙂

    April 21, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
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