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Guest: Represenatative Keith Ellison

By The Ed Show, The Ed Show - February 7, 2012

Guests: Richard Wolffe, Jonathan Alter, Ezra Klein, Keith Ellison, Dan Choi, Terry O`Neill, John Nichols

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

At this hour, Republicans in this state are trying to pick the best candidate to try to defeat President Obama. We`ll bring you the latest from Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota, and how will President Obama play in this state?

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

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RICK SANTORUM (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Any time someone challenges Governor Romney, he just simply goes out and attacks and tries to destroy. I don`t think it`s going to work this time.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): The race is on in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota. And we`re on the ground with the latest.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I just want to get it over with and beat Obama.

SCHULTZ: Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison and Richard Wolffe are here with the latest on tonight`s election.

The Obama campaign decides to fight fire with fire.

DAVID AXELROD, OBAMA CAMPAIGN: We were faced with the situation as to whether we could afford to play by two sets of rules and the answer is obviously no.

SCHULTZ: Jonathan Alter and Ezra Klein on today`s major super PAC announcement.

Marriage equality earns a massive victory in the courts today. Activist Dan Choi and Melissa Harris-Perry are here with the latest.

The woman at the center of the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood controversy resigns. We`ll talk to the president of the National Organization of Women, Terry O`Neill.

JUDGE: How do you plead to the charge of political solicitation by a public employee as charged in count two?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Guilty.

SCHULTZ: And in Wisconsin, more bad news for Governor Scott Walker as the legal issues continue to pile up.

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SCHULTZ: Good to have you with us tonight, folks. Thanks for watching.

We come to you from Minnesota this evening, the land of Michele Bachmann and conservatives are proud of that. But it`s also conservative wilderness right now when it comes to selecting the candidate that they want to see go up against President Obama.

Here in the middle of the country, again, it`s Rick Santorum who seems to be energizing the conservative base. Minnesota, I can tell you, is not somewhat of a country club conservative state. It`s where there`s a lot of middle class voters who do care about gays, guns and God in the rural area.

Last night, I attended a Newt Gingrich event in Bloomington just to check out the enthusiasm. Does Newt have a chance in the state?

And I have to tell you I couldn`t find too many people who were really excited about the former speaker.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I thought it was a great speech. I have not made up my mine.

SCHULTZ: You have not made up your mind?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That`s tomorrow. That`s tomorrow.

SCHULTZ: OK.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s articulate. In fact the speaker is persuasive. I like what he has to say. I`m with him on the issues.

SCHULZ: OK. Is he your guy tomorrow?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think so. I go back and forth.

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