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Interview with Senator Debbie Stabenow

By The Ed Show, The Ed Show - July 17, 2012

Guests: Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Shelly Griswold, Dot Turner, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Michael Medved, Ari Melber, Howard Fineman

ED SCHULTZ, HOST: Good evening, Americans. And welcome to THE ED SHOW from New York.

There are 112 days until the election and there`s breaking news on Mitt Romney`s taxes. One of his former primary opponents is finally saying enough is enough. Release the taxes.

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

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JOHN SUNUNU, ROMNEY CAMPAIGN: He has no idea how the American system functions because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): The Romney campaign goes into the sewer to distract from Mitt Romney`s tax problem. But new polling proves the American people aren`t buying it.

NARRATOR: Makes you wonder if some years he paid any taxes at all.

SCHULTZ: Michael Steele and Katrina Vanden Heuvel on the unfolding disaster for the Romney campaign.

John McCain goes rogue and says Sarah Palin was a better candidate than Mitt Romney. How long until the Republicans reach full revolt? I`ll Ask Howard Fineman.

And Bain Capital is about to outsource 170 jobs from a company in Freeport, Illinois. But the town and the workers are fighting back. They`re asking Mitt Romney to help save their jobs.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If I had anything to say to Mitt Romney, I would ask him to please save my job.

SCHULTZ: Tonight, the woman who started the grassroots appeal makes her case live on THE ED SHOW.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When I found out that Sensata was owned by Bain Capital and Mitt Romney helped start Bain Capital and still profits heavily from Bain Capital, I got really upset with this.

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

The Romney campaign was in search of a narrative yet again today. But they were stopped at every turn by Mitt Romney`s mysterious finances. The day began with a brand new ad from the Obama campaign.

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NARRATOR: Romney admits that over the last two years, he`s paid less than 15 percent in taxes on $43 million in income. Makes you wonder if some years he paid any taxes at all. We don`t know because he has released just one full year of his tax returns and won`t release anything before 2010.

MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: You know what? I put out as much as we`re going to put out.

NARRATOR: What is Mitt Romney hiding?

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SCHULTZ: Since Mitt Romney still has no answer about his finances, his campaign took a dart board me mentality to attack President Obama. Romney tried the latest line of attack during a stop in Pennsylvania.

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ROMNEY: He said and I quote, and he`s speaking by the way of businesses like this one, small businesses, big businesses, middle sized businesses, mining businesses, manufacturing businesses, of all kinds, he said this: "If you got a business, you didn`t build that. Somebody else made that happen."

President Obama attacks success and therefore under President Obama we have less success and I will change that.

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SCHULTZ: Of course, President Obama never said people are not responsible for building their own businesses. He said no individual is responsible for the American system. But we already know where Romney got his talking points for all of this.

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ERIC BOLLING, FOX NEWS: That man is a statist. He believes the only reason America is where we are is because of government, and he is flat out wrong.

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