“No, absolutely not,” the November midterm election is not a referendum on President Obama and his policies, Democrat Party Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

“[T]hese elections, particularly the Senate elections, are referendums on the candidates running,” she said.

Asked about vulnerable Democrats who have criticized President Obama’s flawed healthcare law, Wasserman Schultz said they are running their own race.

“They have to talk about and focus on the issues that are important to their constituents. And what’s also true is, if you look at the success rate and the track record of these incumbent members — Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich — they are all ahead of any of their Republican opponents.

“And these Republicans are mired in a civil war where the tea party has won, and they are consistently nominating the most extremist candidates. And we’re on offense in states as well, so you’ve got Georgia and Kentucky and even Mississippi where we have a very good chance to pick up both seats. So this election is going to be quite competitive all the way to the end, but we have to turn our voters out. That’s the bottom line.”

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