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Interview with Obama Advisor David Plouffe

By The Last Word, The Last Word - December 7, 2011

Guests: Jonathan Capehart, Steve Kornacki, David Plouffe, Kamala Harris

LAWRENCE O`DONNELL, HOST: Rick Perry is now in the fifth day of his brain freeze on whether to enter the Trump debate. In the Republican bonfire of the vanities, does Newt`s flame burn the very brightest?

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

MARTIN BASHIR, MSNBC HOST: In the Republican vampire of the vanities, does Newt`s flame burn the very brightest?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Democrats and Republicans telling us that they underestimated Newt Gingrich.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Strategist of both parties say he could upset Mitt Romney to become the Republican nominee.

CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC HOST: Is Gingrich for real?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is a weird race in a lot of different ways.

KAREN FINNEY, MSNBC POLITICAL ANALYST: Remember that Newt Gingrich was pushed out by his own party.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This was a man many months ago who was left for dead after there were headlines of a staff mutiny during his trip to Greece and after the headlines hit about his credit at Tiffany`s.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He is erratic. He`s unpredictable. It would be a much tougher, nastier race than a Romney race.

REP. RON PAUL (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: He is the flavor of the week.

DONALD TRUMP, BUSINESSMAN: Newt Gingrich said yes immediately, he is not afraid of anything

NEWT GINGRICH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I think if you are afraid to debate with Donald Trump, people are going to say, so you want me to believe you can debate Barack Obama but you are afraid to show up with Donald Trump?

FINNEY: Gingrich is going to it because he has never seen a camera he didn`t want to go talk to.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I almost called him Newt Romney, which I guess is sort of like be the ideal candidate.

MATTHEWS: Is Romney tough or just desperate?

ALEX WAGNER, MSNBC HOST: He needs to go hard on Gingrich and there has been some word that the Romney camp is prepared to do that.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I hope so. Oops, I did say that out loud?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Donald Trump giving a slight dig, though, back to Mitt Romney.

TRUMP: If you are down in the polls, which respectfully he is down in the polls, I would think you would want to be on a debate like this it is very well covered.

JONATHAN CAPEHART, MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR: Who is watching it to see how much of a train wreck it is going to be?

GINRICH: I assume it`s like the apprentice, the apprentice president.

TRUMP: It`s certainly getting a lot of press.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, it is.

TRUMP: I`ve never seen anything like it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I know you are embarrassed by all that press.

STEPHEN COLBERT, COMEDIAN: Forget Donald Trump, he is history rolled in forget him, smothered in a yesterday sauce.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

O`DONNELL: Tonight, Donald Trump is desperately trying to convince Republican candidates to show up for his debate.

Yesterday, Mitt Romney went out of the debate and apologized to Trump personally. He completely wimped out and he lied about having scheduling conflicts. That was after Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman immediately refused to participate in the debate, as soon as it was announced last week.

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