"Essentially their entire convention was an attack on President Obama rather than touting what Mitt Romney would do for this country," she said of Republicans.
The Democratic convention, she said, will focus on events and speakers "that will highlight the priorities that President Obama has talked about, which include making sure that if you work hard and play by the rules that you can have an opportunity to be successful."
"Which includes that we should make sure that we build an economy that is meant to last and that we build from the middle class out and the bottom up and not the top down," she said. "And that we make sure when it comes to the kind of investments we need to make and the deficit reduction we need to focus on, that we do those in a balanced way."
Beyond the talking points and the internal campaign squabbles, though there’s no question her time as DNC chairwoman has increased her national influence and stature. She’s no longer just a congresswoman from South Florida, a shift that Wasserman Schultz has said she believes actually makes her a better congresswoman from South Florida. .
"The important thing and the main reason I was comfortable saying yes -- aside from the fact that when the president asks you to do anything you say yes -- is that being on a broader stage has given me more reach, has given me more ability to impact and help my constituents," she said. "Because I’m more influential and more high profile now, it makes me a more effective representative for my constituents. And that’s what it’s all about. My first professional responsibility is being the representative from the 20th District."
Wasserman Schultz said she said she’s been staying grounded by spending as much time as possible with her three children, Rebecca, Jake and Shelby. That includes trying to make it to as many of their ball games in Weston when possible.
There’s one other thing. Like House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who’s well known for her penchant for dark chocolate, Wasserman Schultz has her own vice. It’s a daily Frappucino from Starbucks. The baristas at her local Starbucks in Weston Commons know it as her drink.
"If someone goes in and orders it for me, they actually say: ’Is that for Debbie?’" she said.
It might take more than one Frappucino a day to get through the next week. The congresswoman is booked solid, with a speaking role at the convention itself and dozens of speeches in front of various state delegations and caucuses.
And higher profile aside, Wasserman Schultz declines to speculate on what’s next. There’s been some speculation she might make a bid for Florida governor — another tough fight. Depending on the outcome of the election, there’s also likely a greater leadership role for her in the House of Representatives.
"For me next is hopefully being re-elected to represent the constituents of the 20th Congressional District of Florida," she said. "That’s what I’m focused on for the next 65 days, and re-electing Barack Obama to president of the United States. Past that, I haven’t even thought about it."