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Interview with Representative Jan Schakowsky

By The Last Word, The Last Word - September 20, 2011

Guests: Jan Schakowsky, Sam Stein

LAWRENCE O`DONNELL, HOST: There`s a new president in town.

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CHUCK TODD, NBC NEWS: Compromise by necessity. That phase is behind us.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A new President Obama.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Game on.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A more direct campaign mode.

EUGENE ROBINSON, MSNBC POLITICAL ANALYST: Draw a line this time.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The president is doubling down on it. He`s saying you want to accuse me of class warfare, bring it on.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The more combative tone.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What he should have done three years ago.

TODD: As Dan Pfeiffer said, the phase that we saw in the summer is over.

That phase is behind us.

CHRIS JANSING, NBC NEWS: Democrats seem to have his back.

BOB SHRUM, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: The president is on the right side here.

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D), NEW YORK: It`s not class warfare to fight for the middle class.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What the president has done is very shrewd.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s a progressive.

MARTIN BASHIR, MSNBC HOST: Is his show of strong leadership too little, too late?

DANA MILBANK, WASHINGTON POST: At least this gives him a fighting chance.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (INAUDIBLE) say the plan might be good politics.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Bright lines that divide Republicans and Democrats.

BASHIR: America has never been more divided than it is today.

JANSING: Raises taxes on the wealthiest.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Taxes on millionaires and billionaires.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Twenty-two thousand millionaires were paying less than 15 percent.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It really sets up a big fight. Another fight.

BASHIR: Circle the wagons quickly.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, the big story today is gridlock.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We don`t think it`s right to raise taxes on middle class Americans.

BASHIR: Forty-six million Americans are living below the poverty line.

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