DNC Chair’s Statement on Puerto Rico Primary and U.S. Virgin Islands Caucuses

WASHINGTON – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement:

“I congratulate both of our candidates for their engagement and mobilization of voters in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands this weekend. Our candidates have made us proud with substantive and spirited campaigns that reflect the values of the Democratic Party and the values that reflect the best of America. That’s why the vast majority of Democratic voters in recent weeks have expressed optimism in our primary and in both of our candidates, with majorities ready to support either as our nominee.

“We are especially proud that both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been outspoken about the need to help Puerto Rico overcome its current debt crisis while both protecting pensions and ordinary investors as much as possible. As American citizens for nearly a century, Puerto Ricans have been on the frontlines serving in every branch of our military and distinguishing themselves with valor, while also making tremendous contributions to our country in the arts, business, and politics. We must stand with our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico too.

“We must also continue to do everything we can for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and our mainland to combat the Zika virus. Congress must act to approve President Obama’s request for emergency funding for research and treatment of the virus. Both of these issues remind us of just how much is at stake in this election, and that the only candidates running for president who have the judgment and temperament to lead are Democrats.”