Interview with Senator Amy Klobuchar

By Rachel Maddow Show, Rachel Maddow Show - October 31, 2011

Guests: Steve Schmidt, Lou Dubose, Amy Klobuchar

ED SCHULTZ, "THE ED SHOW" HOST: Rachel, I think you will enjoy the barbecue. In fact, it`s the sauce. I guarantee you`re going to enjoy it.

RACHEL MADDOW, HOST: I already made it through half the barbecue, Ed. I hate to break it to you. I was going to take it home and be a civilized person. But I just sat there at my desk like a cave man shoveling it in.

SCHULTZ: They would not let me leave unless I had a batch of that stuff. You`ve got to give this to Rachel! I said, OK, I`ll do it. I`ll do it.

MADDOW: It is in good hands. It`s great stuff. Thank you, Ed. I really appreciate it, man.

SCHULTZ: You bet.

MADDOW: And thanks to you at home for staying with us.

Today is not just barbecue from Ed day here at THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW. It`s not just Halloween. Today is also a day that has been unexpectedly packed with political news.

There`s a ton to talk about with what happened to Republican front-runner Herman Cain today. We`ll be getting to that in just a moment.

There was actually something to talk about even with Newt Gingrich`s campaign today and it`s not just about Newt Gingrich trying to get his hands on your money this time. Oh, wait, actually the Newt story is just about him trying to get his hands on your money again. But there is new Newt news about that today.

Today was a big, a big political news day for what is the most important presidential politics news of the day in the sense that I think is the most devastating to a specific campaign is this footage -- a footage that came in over the weekend of Texas Governor Rick Perry, an appearance that Rick Perry made in New Hampshire on Friday.

Now, this is sort of a sensitive issue to talk about because there is not an empirical means by which I can explain why this footage may be the end of Rick Perry`s campaign this year. There isn`t something quantitative I can point out here. This does not count as a gaffe or something that he misspoke about and will have to clarify.

But looking at this footage, I would argue that Rick Perry can really no longer be considered a serious contender for president after this. This is one of these things where there`s not really a way to explain it -- but once you see this tape, you`ll never look at this guy the same way again. The tape just sort of speaks for itself. Anything that I can tell you, anything that I can say about how this changes Rick Perry`s chances will not help to explain this. You just have to see it for yourself.

So here it is. This was Rick Perry on Friday night in New Hampshire.


GOV. RICK PERRY (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: This is such a cool state. I mean, come on, live free or die? I mean, you know, you got to love that, right? I come from a state, you know, where they had this little place called the Alamo and declared victory or death. You know, we`re kind of into those slogans, man. It`s like, live free or die, victory or death. Bring it.

Gold is good. If you`ve got any in the backyard, because, you know, if they print anymore money over there in Washington, the gold`s going to be good.

This week I announced a tax plan. We were up in -- or down in, I should say, South Carolina, and we laid out a tax plan. You can stay in the old system that`s out there and the ones that want to stay in the old system pay the lawyers, pay the accountants, all that money that`s gone, or -- that! Twenty percent flat tax, put it on there, take your deductions off, send it in.

The good news is that little plan that I just shared with you doesn`t force the Granite State to expand your tax footprint. If you know what I mean. Like 9 percent expansion.

I love Herman. Is he the best? I mean -- I have fun with him. He is a great, interesting guy. And thank you, Herman, for helping pay for the event tonight.

I grew up on a farm. I grew up -- I grew up on a farm. I tell people, so far out in the country that everybody had their own tom cat. Some of you are not going to get that. But that is a long way away from any neighbors.

I know a lawyer, Wizoric (ph). Always have fun with your name, brother. We must make President Obama a one-term president. We must.

Nothing I will -- I look forward to the day when I can salute to the south to Mr. Chaves and say, no thank you, we to not need any of your oil. We are doing it ourselves in America with domestic energy.

The coolest thing happened. I roll in here and I get to meet a real life angel in the form of Christopher Duffley. And then I get to meet a real life hero in Catherine Adair. I mean, my -- today has been awesome, girl. This has really been a great day.


MADDOW: That was the speech that Rick Perry gave on Friday night in Manchester, New Hampshire, to conservative group called Cornerstone.

Obviously, the governor was delighted to be there. I mean, exuberantly over the top delighted to be there. But he became even more delighted to be there, his expression of excitement and delight for being there only increased once the speech was over. It is hard to believe, but it`s true.

Here`s one more moment that happened right after the speech. Keep an eye on Mr. Perry on the right here.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`re going to actually get you out of here right at 9:00, so last thing, first of all, governor Perry, you can`t believe New Hampshire without getting a couple of things, essentials from New Hampshire. First thing is, we call this -- in New Hampshire we call it liquid gold, but you`ll put it on your pancakes and waffles and whatever other Southern food you eat down in Texas. But this is pure maple syrup from the state of New Hampshire.


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