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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Obamacare a winner for Dems in 2014

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said Democrats will be able to run on Obamacare as a positive in 2014.

"I think Democratic candidates will be able to run on Obamacare as an advantage in the 2014 elections," the Democratic National Committee chairwoman said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

The comment comes as President Obama is taking criticism from both Democrats and Republicans about the rollout of his signature health care program.

Obama has taken heat for saying Americans could keep their health care plans if they liked it, which administration officials had known was not true for everyone. A botched website launch also marred the start of Obamacare.

Wasserman Schultz suggested that Obamacare didn't hinder Virginia's Democratic Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe's win Tuesday, despite a much closer race than observers expected.

McAuliffe bested deeply conservative GOP opponent Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia's attorney general, by a slimmer margin than pollsters had predicted. That led some to believe Cuccinelli, who ran a campaign that slammed the Obama administration, received a bump late in the race as problems with Obamacare mounted.

Wasserman Schultz, however, said McAuliffe's performance was comparable to Obama's in that state during last year's presidential race.

"Obamacare did not have anything to do with Tuesday's outcome," she said.

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