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Interview with Senator Robert Menendez

By The Ed Show, The Ed Show - January 28, 2013

THE ED SHOW with ED SCHULTZJanuary 28, 2013

Guests: Robert Menendez, Leo Gerard, Barney Frank, Jesse Jackson, Jonathan Alter

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

Some Republicans in demographic denial are buckling to common sense on immigration reform. I don`t trust them.

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

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D), NEW YORK: This will be the year --

SCHULTZ (voice-over): The immigration overhaul is on. Republicans look like they`re cooperating, but can Democrats trust them?

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: In Espanol, vamonos!

SCHULTZ: Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey is here with the details.

Plus, labor reaction with Leo Gerard of the Steelworkers.

In center left America tonight, Paul Ryan broadsides the president.

REP. PAUL RYAN (R), WISCONSIN: He`s thinking more of a conquest than political compromise.

SCHULTZ: Former Congressman Barney Frank on the new Republican messaging on failed conservative ideas.

Plus, Reverend Jesse Jackson on the latest Republican effort to disenfranchise minority voters.

And call the whambulance. The Obama-Clinton interview has righties spewing conspiracy theory nonsense.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`d like to know how -- did she pass out and hit her head? Was she pushed?

SCHULTZ: I`ll get to the bottom of all the whining with Jonathan Alter.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There was no follow-up.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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

Republicans are waking up to the realities of a center left country. They need to partner with the Democrats on immigration reform, or basically be left in the dust. This is just one of many issues.

Senator Chuck Schumer New York led seven of his Senate colleagues in announcing a bipartisan plan for immigration reform today. They want the proposal to be pushed through the Senate this spring.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SCHUMER: For the first time ever, there is more political risk in opposing immigration reform than in supporting it.

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SCHULTZ: The plan is a common sense approach to give 11 million undocumented workers in this country a chance to become citizens without fearing deportation.

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SEN. ROBERT MENENDEZ (D), NEW YORK: If you got up this morning and had fruits for breakfast, it was probably picked by the bent back of an immigrant worker. If you slept in a hotel or motel of the nation, you probably had your room done by an immigrant worker.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

SCHULTZ: The problem is, in the past, the Republicans have screamed amnesty whenever immigration reform comes up.

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