Interview with Senator Sherrod Brown

By The Ed Show, The Ed Show - November 13, 2012

THE ED SHOW with ED SCHULTZNovember 13, 2012

Guests: Sherrod Brown, Mary Kay Henry, Nina Turner, Karen Finney, Joan Walsh, Michael Eric Dyson, Jim Moore

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

Breaking news from the White House tonight: the president has reportedly told progressive leaders he`s not budging on taxes.

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


RICHARD TRUMKA, AFL-CIO PRESIDENT: We`re prepared to stand up for America. I think that`s what the president`s going got to do.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): The campaign for the middle class begins at the White House, and the campaign for millionaires has begun on the Senate floor.

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY), MINORITY LEADER: Half the Congress opposes tax hikes.

SCHULTZ: Tonight, Mary Kay Henry of the Service Employees International Union and Senator Sherrod Brown on the new campaign for the middle class.

Paul Ryan is finally speaking, and he`s still in the bubble.

REP. PAUL RYAN (R), WISCONSIN: I think the surprise was some of the turnout -- some of the turnout especially in urban areas.

SCHULTZ: Ohio State Senator Nina Turner is here to respond.

And the petition to secede is growing with speed.

CROWD (singing): Deep in the heart of Texas!

SCHULTZ: Find out why I agree with Rick Perry. Texas is not allowed to secede from the Union.


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

President Obama came back to Washington to fight for fair deal on taxes. Today, he called on his base. I love it. He went right to the folks who put him in the White House.

President Obama held his first official closed door meeting with groups from outside the White House. The invited guests were all leaders of labor organizations and progressive think tanks.

Compare this list to the guest list for tomorrow`s meeting: 12 of the most powerful CEOs in American business.

This schedule was not a mistake. President Obama was letting the middle class and the workers of this country know, you come first.

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka is confident the president will keep his commitment to the current tax rates for the middle class.


TRUMKA: The president led with that notion of protecting the middle class, and now you have Republicans that have it in their power. They could sign a bill tomorrow that protects the middle class, and we`ll see what they can.

Are we going to push them on that? Without a doubt we`re going to push them on that. Are we going to collectively stand up and make sure that workers get a fair shake in all of this? Absolutely, we are. Do we believe that the president is committed to that same thing? Absolutely, we do.


SCHULTZ: Details of the president`s off the record meeting are emerging. "The Huffington Post" reports tonight, President Obama said he will not extend the Bush tax cuts for those at the top.

"I am not going to budge. I said it in 2010 and I`m not going to do it -- I`m going only going to do this once, and I meant it."

"The Huffington Post" source said that the president seemed to agree that Social Security should not be part of any grand bargain, because it didn`t add to the deficit.

Democrats are in a strong position. Republicans are trying to make it seem like they are also in a strong position.

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