Interview with Senator Bernie Sanders

By The Ed Show, The Ed Show - September 21, 2012

THE ED SHOW with ED SCHULTZSeptember 21, 2012

Guests: Ted Strickland; Ari Melber, Bernie Sanders

ED SCHULTZ, MSNBC HOST: Good Evening Americans and welcome to "the Ed Show" live from Minneapolis.

Forty-six days until the 2012 election, Mitt Romney`s week from hell just ended with a bang. Tonight, the Republican candidate`s newest tax returns is leaving more questions than answers. Romney also tells "60 Minutes" his campaign doesn`t need a turn around. This is "the Ed Show." Let`s get to work.


JOE BIDEN, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I believe he genuinely believes that nearly half this country is made up of people who see themselves as victims.

SCHULTZ: The Obama team release the Biden. Mitt Romney released his taxes. It turns out he has already disqualified himself from being president.

MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I don`t pay more than are legally due and, frankly, if I had paid more than are legally due, I don`t think I`d be qualified to become president.

SCHULTZ: Tonight the epic campaign day that ended an epic campaign week with former Ohio governor Ted Strickland and "the nation`s" Ari Melber. A full analysis of Romney`s sketchy tax return with David Cay Johnston. Senator Bernie Sanders joins me to review Paul Ryan`s attempt to fool seniors at the AARP convention.

REP. PAUL RYAN (R), VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The first step is to repeal Obama care because it represents the worst of both worlds.

SCHULTZ: And Tom Akin is forced to answer for his illegitimate rape remarks for the first time in the debate with Claire McCaskill.

CLAIRE MCCASKILL (D), STATE SENATOR, MISSOURI: He has apologized for those comments. But, they say a lot about how he views thing.


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

The dynamics of the presidential race changed this week and there`s no turning back. For the next 46 days the two candidates will be dealing with the fallout of the reaction of what happened this week.

Regardless of the outcome on November 6th, this week was a game changer. The hidden video recording of Mitt Romney at a top dollar fund-raising in Florida underscores the major differences between the two candidates and the philosophies they bring to the presidency.

Mitt Romney stood by his comments about the 47 percent of Americans being dependent on government. Well today, President Obama threw his biggest punches yet at Mitt Romney over these comments. The president told a Virginia crowd what it would mean for them if Mitt Romney were elected president.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I don`t believe we can get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as a bunch of victims. Who think that they are not interested in taking responsibility for their own lives. I don`t see a lot of victims in this crowd today. I see hard working Virginians.


SCHULTZ: The president made sure to emphasize hard work. It`s a contrast to comments from the Romney video, where the candidate claimed the economy will suddenly improve if he is elected president without Romney lifting a finger.


ROMNEY: If we win on November of 6th, there will be a great deal of optimism about the future of this country. And we`ll see capital cop back and without actually doing anything, we may get a boost in the economy.


SCHULTZ: A lot has been made about the people who are in the 47 percent of Americans Mitt Romney was talking about. President Obama painted a picture of exactly who those 47 percent are.


OBAMA: Some of you may be students trying to work your way through college. Some of you may be single moms like my mom, putting in overtime to see if you can provide a better life for your kids. Some of you may be senior citizens who have been saving your whole life for your retirement. Some of you may be veterans who served this country bravely, soldiers who defend our freedom today.


SCHULTZ: Vice president Joe Biden kept quiet after the Romney video was released. This week the words -- he said the words speak for themselves. But today, Biden let the Romney campaign have it during a campaign stop in New Hampshire.


BIDEN: Believe they are entitled, that they have become dependent, they see themselves as victims who won`t take responsibility for their own lives. How could he be so profoundly wrong about America? How is that possible? Not in my neighborhood. Not where I grew up. Not the people I know.

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