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Interview with DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

By The Ed Show, The Ed Show - September 27, 2012

THE ED SHOW with ED SCHULTZ September 27, 2012

Guests: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Robert Reich, Steve Benen, Sam Stein, Keli Goff, Jonathan Alter

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

Forty days until the 2012 election. Six days until the first presidential debate.

Twenty-seven states allow Americans to vote early, including two who started today. Early signs show Mitt Romney has far worse problems than the polls.

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

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It seems like we`ve been waiting for this day for a long time.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): Obama voters showed up in full force today in Iowa. The election has begun in the first swing state with early voting. And the Obama campaign isn`t letting up.

MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: My job is not to worry about those people.

SCHULTZ: Tonight, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the Democratic effort to get out the vote in Iowa and beyond.

"Mother Jones" unearthed yet another lost Romney tape from his Bain years.

ROMNEY: Bain Capital is an investment partnership.

SCHULTZ: I`ll ask Robert Reich what Mitt Romney means when he says he`s harvesting companies.

REP. TODD AKIN (R), MISSOURI: If it`s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

SCHULTZ: And the guy who has no idea what he`s talking about when it comes to women has the nerve to call Senator Claire McCaskill unladylike. We`ll bring you the latest on the Todd Akin disaster.

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

Iowa kicked off the 2012 election back in January. Today it was the first state where people could cast their votes in person for the general election.

The race is on.

The race has been tight in Iowa, but President Obama has the momentum. The latest ten-day poll average from "Real Clear Politics" shows President Obama with nearly a five-point lead. Iowa voters were out in full force starting at 7:00 this morning. One election commissioner said this could be a record-breaking year.

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JAMIE FITZGERALD, ELECTIONS COMMISSIONER: This was by far the busiest opening day we`ve had in the ten years I`ve been in the office. We were thinking 100 people. 100 would have been a good number. That`s what it was four years ago. We`re well past that. We`re not even to noon yet.

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SCHULTZ: All you have to do is look at the early voting numbers from 2008 and see how big a record breaker it could be this year.

In 2008, 33 percent of all ballots were cast before Election Day. Early voting favored Barack Obama over John McCain by 18 points, 58 percent to 40 percent. This year, 27 states and Washington, D.C., will have early in-person voting prior to Election Day.

The campaigns are estimating an early voting participation at around 40 percent this year. Two out of every five ballots will be filled out before November 6th in this election cycle. Today is truly the beginning of the end of the presidential election.

But one candidate is in much better position to take advantage of the new voting in this dynamic thing we call American democracy.

Here`s a look at Mitt Romney`s field offices in Iowa. The Romney camp has 12 outposts across the Hawkeye State.

Now take a look at President Obama`s operation, his field operation in Iowa. The Obama campaign has 66 of these outpost offices. The president`s campaign has a 5 1/2-1 advantage over Mitt Romney when it comes to operation in Iowa.

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