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Guest: Representative Gary Peters

By The Last Word, The Last Word - February 6, 2012

Guests: E.J. Dionne, Michael Eric Dyson; Howard Fineman, Bob King, Gary Peters, Joan Walsh

ED SCHULTZ, HOST: Good evening, Americans. And welcome to THE ED SHOW, live from Minneapolis.

Clint Eastwood stars in his best role yet, a voice for the American worker. Conservatives tried to kill the automobile industry, to quote Josey Wales: "Dying ain`t much of a living, boy."

This is THE ED SHOW -- let`s get to work.

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CLINT EASTWOOD, ACTOR: Detroit showing us it can be done. And what`s true about them is true about all of us.

It`s halftime in America.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): An American icon telling an American success story, and conservatives aren`t having it.

KARL ROVE, REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST: I was frankly offended by it.

SCHULTZ: Today, reaction to the "Halftime in America" ad with the United Auto Workers president, Bob King, and Michigan Congressman Gary Peters.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I deserve a second term but we`re not done.

SCHULTZ: Brand new poll numbers show the American people agree with that statement. E.J. Dionne and Joan Walsh on the president`s surge.

Republicans in Congress are about to pass a union-busting bill, and the Democrats may help them out. We`ll bring you the report.

And racism rears its head in a Republican Super Bowl ad. And the candidate behind the ad isn`t backing down.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The economy gets very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs, thank you, Debbie Spend-it-now.

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SCHULTZ: Good to have you with us tonight, folks. Thanks for watching. We come to you from Minnesota where the caucus is tomorrow.

But this is the big story tonight -- it basically is the ad the entire country is talking about, for a good reason. The Chrysler commercial with Clint Eastwood from last night`s Super Bowl I think speaks for itself.

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EASTWOOD: It`s halftime. Both teams are in their locker room discussing what they can do to win this game in the second half.

It`s halftime in America, too. People are out of work and they are hurting, and they are all wondering what they`re going to do to make a comeback. And we`re all scared because this isn`t a game.

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SCHULTZ: The first 30 seconds of that ad so powerful -- I mean, did you notice it was shock on film for effect? I mean, the voice, Clint Eastwood, Mr. True Grit, Mr. Tough Guy, Mr. Dirty Harry, into the city talking about Detroit and the way American can come back. I mean, it captivated the audience that I was with yesterday. I mean, it`s a tribute to the American worker and a success story.

Yes, it`s kind of a locker room pep talk, which is cool, but also recognized the people in the country who are going through a lot of hurt right now.

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EASTWOOD: People of Detroit know a little something about this. They almost lost everything. But we all pulled together. Now, Motor City is fighting again.

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SCHULTZ: We all pulled together, the rebirth of the American automobile industry, certainly is a story worth celebrating.

But let`s not get carried away with saying we all came together. This was an extremely heavy lift for some in Washington.

A majority of the American people opposed giving loans to Chrysler and General Motors. Top Republican officials were against the loans, including the current front-runner for the Republican nomination.

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