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DNC chair celebrates NY-26 win

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said her party's victory in the special election for New York's 26th congressional seat shows voters "do not want Republicans to end Medicare...[and balance] all the pain and all the hurt on the backs of our seniors."

The Florida congresswoman refuted claims that third-party candidate Jack Davis helped Democrat Kathy Hochul defeat Republican Jane Corwin.

"We're quite sure quite a few Democratic votes potentially [went to Davis]," Wasserman Schultz said on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports." "I think that Kathy probably would have won this race head-to-head, and that the third party candidate's not really so much of a factor."

Wasserman Schultz also responded to Congressman Paul Ryan's statement on Morning Joe Wednesday morning that "the President and his party have decided to shamelessly distort and demagogue Medicare." Ryan was referring to Democratic claims that the Ryan budget will "kill Medicare."

The new DNC chairwoman replied, "Come on. Paul Ryan clearly needs to be doing that. He proposed a plan that even Newt Gingrich called radical." 

Wasserman Schultz said it was Republicans that were doing the distorting.

"The Republicans leading up to the 2010 election actually fabricated what Democrats did to Medicare... We added 12 years of solvency to Medicare, and ensured that it would be better for seniors overall. "