Guests: Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sherrod Brown

By The Ed Show, The Ed Show - September 19, 2012

THE ED SHOW with ED SCHULTZ September 19, 2012

Guests: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Jon Soltz, Rob Zerban, Dean Baker, Sen. Sherrod Brown

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

Forty-eight days until the 2012 election. The undercover Romney fund- raiser video has members of the Republican establishment calling for an intervention. Tonight, the new portions of the tape that could force Mitt to take them up on the offer.

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


ANN ROMNEY, MITT ROMNEY`S WIFE: It`s unfortunate when something gets misinterpreted like this or is taken out of context.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): The Romney campaign says their unedited tape is being mischaracterized. Meanwhile, Karl Rove, Scott Brown, and Republicans around the country are completely freaking out.

Tonight, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the Republican chaos.

The Romney camp wants to talk redistribution?

MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: The president saying he likes redistribution. I disagree.

SCHULTZ: Tonight, a lesson on upwards redistribution with Dean Baker.

Plus, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown on the 47 percent fallout in Ohio.

And could Paul Ryan actually lose two elections, in one night? I`ll ask Ryan`s congressional opponent if the Randian candidate stands a chance in Janesville.

REP. PAUL RYAN (R-WI), VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: President Obama`s policies are feverishly putting more people in the column of takers than makers.


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

Mitt Romney cannot escape his 47 percent comment and the undercover tape exposing it. Many Republicans are running for cover after these comments set off a chain reaction in the Republican Party.


ROMNEY: Well, there are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president, no matter what. All right? There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on him, who believe that they are victim, who believe that government has a responsibility to care to them, who believe that they`re entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.


SCHULTZ: I mean, how do you get away from that? The comments are what they are. The comments are taking on a life of their own.

Here`s how bad it`s getting. Last night, the Romney campaign highlighted a video from a Denver FOX affiliate entitled "Ann Romney says Mitt doesn`t disdain the poor." They pulled the video from their own official YouTube account, but the content is still online.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He wasn`t expressing any disdain for people who are poor or who are on entitlement programs at this point?

ANN ROMNEY: Oh, absolutely not. Absolutely not. Totally not so.


SCHULTZ: It`s not a great week when the candidate`s wife has to insist her husband doesn`t have disdain for the poor.

The 47 percent comments, what are they? Well, they are so toxic, politically vulnerable Republicans, basically, they`re running scared.

Take a look at these two headlines from two separate Web sites. From FOX News, there was this headline. "Governor Susanna Martinez distanced herself from Romney`s 47 percent comment." And then there was this headline from "The Washington Post." "Nevada Senator Dean Heller distances himself from Mitt Romney."

Embattled Senator Scott Brown would not answer two direct questions from reporters about whether he still even supports Mitt Romney. What did he do? Well, he relied on a statement of o support from a spokeswoman.

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