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Guests: Rep. DeFazio and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine

By The Last Word, The Last Word - October 25, 2010

Guests: Tim Kaine, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Al Cross, Maria Shriver, Jimmy

McMillan

LAWRENCE O"�DONNELL, HOST:  The last Democratic governor of Texas, Ann Richards, once said that in politics, your enemies can"�t hurt you but your friends will kill you.

With Democratic candidates trying to hold onto office, some of them don"�t know who their friends are anymore.

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NARRATOR:  Millions being spent by right wing groups to buy an election.

ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC HOST:  Let"�s talk about the massive ad push in the final days.

O"�DONNELL (voice-over):  With seven days remaining, Democrats are fighting back against an unprecedented flood of anonymous cash into Republican campaigns.

MICHAEL STEELE, RNC CHAIRMAN:  I think you"�re going to see a wave, an unprecedented wave.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  By spending tens of millions of dollars to try to buy a Congress that will do their bidding again.

O"�DONNELL:  The Democratic strategy: expose the Republican money machine.

NARRATOR:  Wall Streets, big oil and insurance companies, jobs shipped overseas.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  These big interests are fighting hard to get back in power.

NARRATOR:  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, they even take in secret foreign money.  They are stealing our democracy.

WILLIAM J. CLINTON, FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT:  Frankly, there are a few things about this election that have got me somewhere between disturbed and ticked off.

O"�DONNELL:  Then, rally the base.

MICHELLE OBAMA, U.S. FIRST LADY:  You think someone is sitting out, you"�ve got to shake them, tell them, they can"�t sit this one out.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:  A choice between falling backwards and moving forward.  And I don"�t know about you, but I want to move forward.

O"�DONNELL:  To keep Democrats in charge, party leaders will have to grin and bear attacks from their own candidates.

FRANK CAPRIO (D), RHODE ISLAND GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE:  What I said to the president is this process about endorsements isn"�t something that I"�m concerned about right now.  And he can take the endorsement and shove it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  And it will really help if I can put some distance between us.  It"�s not like we"�re friends or anything.  We are not.

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O"�DONNELL:  Good evening from New York.  I"�m Lawrence O"�Donnell.

A week before the elections, early results hint that possibly too much has been made of the Democrats enthusiasm gap and the Republican tidal wave will not be quite as devastating as previously predicted.  But that hasn"�t stopped some Democrats from lashing out at leaders of their own party, including the president, in a last ditch attempt to save their campaigns.

In Rhode Island, the Democratic candidate for governor actually told President Obama to shove it.

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CAPRIO:  What I said to the president is that this process about endorsements isn"�t something that I"�m concerned about right now.  And He can take the endorsement and shove it.

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O"�DONNELL:  Earlier tonight, I spoke to former Virginia governor, Tim Kaine, the head of the Democratic Party.

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