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plan would be when it comes to that country? politics should move us some distance tort debate and decision making on the hardest problems we face as a country. that is not what we're getting from our politics right now. if we're not getting it now, when are we going to get it? have a great night. tonight, paul ryan finally realizes that mitt romney is the worst thing that ever happened to him. we're exactly six weeks from election day. >> exactly six weeks away. >> and he touched down in ohio. >> ohio. >> ohio. >> ohio. >> romney, ryan, romney ryan. >> there we go, all right. >> does he have any. >> i come back to number three.
>> romney is a strikeout. >> if we don't run chris christie, romney will be the nominee and he'll lose. >> it is a big day in the big apple. >> president obama is in new york right now. >> america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy. >> there was president obama giving a speech. >> i accept people are going to call me awful things every day. >> then there was mitt romney. >> the few words from bill clinton can do a man a lot of good. >> if he's going to double down on that 47, that will cause difficulties. >> wait a couple of days for that bounce. >> he has no past that i can ever spot. >> i can appreciate your kind words. >> when i was a boy i used to think that becoming rich and
becoming famous would make me happy. boy, was i right. >> yeah, he said that. with just 42 days until the presidential election and with a new poll showing mitt romney's path to the presidency rapidly narrowing, paul ryan is rapidly realizing that he is well on his way to becoming the next losing vice president candidate. so he is desperately trying to avoid the stench of romney. yes, the stench. that is what paul ryan is actually calling mitt romney, according to politico. reportedly he has been marching around the campaign bus saying things like if stench calls, take a message.
and tell stench i'm having finer sandwiches with peggy noonan and will text him later. today paul ryan campaigned with the stench in ohio, where the stench is trailing president obama by 8 points. he's got one new idea. he has one thing he did not do in his first four years which is to raise taxes. >> look at that worship in paul ryan's eyes in that shot. >> among likely ohio voters president obama leads. no republican has won the presidency without winning ohio. this map shows the results of recent battle ground state polls. the "washington post" notes quote, with ohio leaning his way, obama needs to win only 15 more electoral votes. while mitt romney campaigns against president obama, his staff is busy campaigning against the polls.
>> look, ohio, there's still 42 staff is busy campaigning against the polls. >> look, ohio, there's still 42 days to go. we are in there by any stretch inside the margin of error in ohio. we trust our internal polls. i don't make any campaign decisions based on what i read in the "washington post". >> needless to say romney's staff would be happy to get into the specification of what their polls say or don't say if they had a poll showing mitt romney winning something but they obviously don't have any such polls. rush limbaugh's audience is of course distraught about what the polls are telling them. but rush is ready with an explanation for all of the polls. not including of course the fox news poll showing president obama with a significant lead.
>> the purpose of the people right now, most of them doing these polls, they're trying to make news, not reflect it. they're all democrats. they're all liberals. they want you thinking your side has lost. they want you thinking it's over for what you believe. and that makes you stay home and not vote. that's what they're hoping. that's why you have to fight it every day, stephanie. >> the 47% of the american people who mitt romney decided to insult and lie about in a campaign fund riser where he thought only his super rich friends were listening have now taken over the presidential campaign. >> what he said is not my job to worry about these people. well, whose job is it? ladies and gentlemen, we are our brother's keeper. we are one nation under god. we are all in this together. and if the 47% doesn't make it, the country doesn't make it.
>> in tonight's nate silver >> in tonight's nate silver update of the new york times blog fraufts that on november 6th president obama will wen 312 votes and mitt romney will within 225 votes and his chance of winning has ticked back up to 80%. joining me now is krystal ball. senator turner it's all about ohio. we keep saying no return has every won the presidency without ohio. what is your sense of the president's lead in ohio right now? it seems to be just outside the margin of error. >> well, lawrence ohio is certainly the heart of it all and we can tell that by the frequent visits by the president here and by governor romney. his team trying to make up for
their 40%. you know, republicans have a problem with the 40%. here in the state of ohio, our governor once said i don't need your people. we got governor romney talking about he don't need those people and the last time i checked we were we the people. and that's who the president is fighting for. we the people in eye yoe, we the people in wisconsin, we the people all across this country. governor romney has revealed exactly who he is and we've got to believe that he doesn't care about the 47% in this nation. >> watching the romney-ryan romance come apart in such an ugly way, the stench. i mean, here's another quote from politico. after paul ryan showed a powerpoint presentation to a crowd in orlando on saturday. the romney campaign was furious but ryan reportedly said let the ryan be ryan and let the stench be the stench.
>> he didn't really say that, did he? >> the politico, they have people in the field. >> first of all, i will have you know there's nothing that fires up a crowd like a good powerpoint presentation. so kudos to paul ryan. it's kind of funny that mitt romney wouldn't embrace the powerpoint more. since in massachusetts he was the powerpoint guy and brought out the white board to do the medicare solvent under me which i guess made it so. paul ryan realized this was not a good move for his career. he was the serious guy, all the people who do the false equivalency wanted to look at him as someone who is putting forth smart solutions. now we see the emperor had no clothes. >> and joy, the commentators who
are criticizing mitt romney for not being specific on part of his tax plan, on the deduction side of his tax plan. this is exactly what paul ryan is guilty of. paul ryan knows that hang out with mitt romney has exposed him too. now, they're not aiming this at paul ryan, because romney is the big name at the head of the ticket. but ryan knows this is hurting his game in a big way. >> yeah, i mean absolutely. you know that thing where a ceo appoints the young gun, he knows they're going to close. that's what this kind of feels like. it's sort of a corporate nightmare for ryan. because at the end of the day paul ryan was supposedly this numbers guy. his numbers don't add up anyway, but he had this idea that look,
i'm the guy who's going to make conservative specific poliies palatable because of my style. and i'm the guy that can serve the specifics of the conservatism to the electorate. if you were to get expect, this race would be even more of a gap between romney and barack obama. >> let's take a look at this new ad that president obama released in the swing states. >> when mitt romney dismissed 47% of americans for not pulling their weight, he attacked millions of hard working people making 25, 35, $45,000 a year. ad that president obama released in the swing states. >> when mitt romney dismissed 47% of americans for not pulling their weight, he attacked millions of hard working people making 25, 35, $45,000 a year. they pay taxes, romney paid just 14% in taxes last year on over 13 million in income.
almost all from investments. instead of attacking folks who work for a living, shouldn't we stand up for them? >> senator turner, it looks like the obama campaign just had to combine the story of monday of last week with the story of friday last week to get what may be the most devastating ad to run in ohio yet. >> it is, lawrence. and i want to shout amen. romney has revealed exactly who he is. and i've got to feel congressman ryan probably feels like he's in a shot gun wedding right now. it's hard to be a partner of the default candidate. make know mistake about it he's the default candidate. it's not going to change the fact and ohio is not only leaning towards president obama we are right there with president obama. we're going to make sure that we deliver the state of ohio just as we did in 2008 and help our president make history again. the president is standing up for
all folks and he doesn't have to say one thing before wealthy donors and another thing before poor and working and middle class folks. he is about building from the middle out and making sure that everybody has the opportunity to live their measure of the american treem. we will know the tree by the fruit that it bears and the president has been bearing righteous fruit to make sure that america is for everybody. >> that is a good point about him being the default candidate. because the truth is the republicans, it's not like they had someone who was better to choose from. what are you going to do with gingrich or santorum. some of these people would be behind by 30 points at this stage of the game. ann romney, we're going to do a little time travel now. we're going to show you what ann romney is going to say an hour and a half from now on "the tonight show." it's a little magic we can do here. >> and what was it that made you so angry? >> i will tell you jay, that four years ago it's a hard thing
to do this, especially being the wife and having to listen to this stuff all the time. four years ago i made a videotape. and on the videotape i looked in the camera and i said, mitt, this is for you, sweetheart. i'm never doing this again. >> oh, really? >> yes. >> there's the perfect political wife. she knows how to lie with the best of them. if there was ever a candidate who was absolutely going to run for president again after lose tg in the republican primaries last time, it was mitt romney. this guy was running from the minute he dropped out last time. and she wants to pretend they had to draft us into doing this again. >> they had to really twist our arm. it strains -- it's absolutely not credible at all. and that's one of the things, too. mitt romney has been running for president for so many years. and yet still it seems like he
keeps having to say oh, now is the time when the american people are really going to get to know the real mitt romney. we've had years to get to know this man and i think to senator turner's point, ohioans see that ad about the comments. the reason it's so damages is because they already know that's who he is. the "washington post" had an article about how many undecided voters in ohio. >> even if there was no reinforcing imagery to romney. if he had gotten everything else right in his campaign, i just think when you really listen to those words, they are absolutely devastating no matter what he had said before or after. >> yeah, and where he said it. in ohio with the jobs being in the auto industry. when he said let destroit go bankrupt. the biggest irony in what he did is he exposed the real entitled
class here are people like him. and he and his wife they wreak of entitlement to the presidency. that's the problem with sending ann out here. her saying you should be lucky to have mitt romney as the candidate. they exude a sense of entitlement that the order working man never does. i think that's the biggest problem. >> we'll have to wrap it there. thank you all for joining me tonight. >> thank you. coming up, mitt romney and president obama went to the clinton global initiative today. karen finney. and control of the united states senate could come down to missouri. the only person standing between crazy republican congressman tod akin and the united states senate is claire mccascell. who could get rupert murdoch to pay for an attack? there's only one person who could do that and that person
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whatever you think about his tax return, he's given substantial money to charity. he might want to talk about that today. >> that was bill clinton slyly reminding the country about mitt romney's tax returns. about 30 minutes before romney took the stage at the clinton global initiative in new york city. mitt romney did not talk about his tax returns at the clinton event today, but hillary clinton did when she spoke there yesterday. >> one of the issues that i have been preaching about around the world is collecting taxes in an equitable manner. especially from the elites in every country. you know, i'm out of american politics, but it is a fact that around the world the elites of every country are making money. there are rich people everywhere. and yet they do not contribute to the growth of their own countries. >> she is so good. at being out of politics. she's so out of politics.
bill clinton double underlined that point today on "morning joe." >> i think it's worth pointing out that of the 33 countries in the oecd, the group of well theier nations, only chile and >> i think it's worth pointing out that of the 33 countries in the oecd, the group of well theier nations, only chile and mexico take a smaller percentage of their income in taxes that we do. it's worth pointing out that if you have a lot of money and you earn only capital gains, you pay 15%, which is radically lower than the rates that any other advanced society. >> when bill clinton introduced mitt romney at the global initiative today, mitt romney shocked the audience, absolutely
floored them, by revealing that somewhere, deep down, the man actually has a bit of a sense of humor. >> if there's one thing we've learned in this election season by the way, it is that a few words from bill clinton can do a man a lot of good. all i've got to do now is wait a couple of days for that bounce to happen. >> unfortunately for romney's bounce, this afternoon, president obama attended the same event and was introduced this way. >> i am violating all protocol today. because if you're an american citizen and you introduce the president you're supposed to say the president of the united
states and shut up. that's it. i just want to make one comment about this. i want to finish that speech i started in charlotte. >> president clinton, thank you for your very kind introduction, although i have to admit, i really did like the speech a few weeks ago a little bit better. afterwards somebody tweeted that somebody needs to make him secretary of explaining things. president clinton, you are a tireless, passionate advocate on behalf of what's best in our country. i am grateful for your friendship and your extraordinary leadership. >> joining me now is karen finney and e.j. cohen.
he's also an msnbc political analyst. e.j., you've been around a while, you can figure these bounces. what kind of a clinton bounce is mitt romney going to get? he told a good joke. that's a big surprise that he could do that. there should be some bounce, right? >> first of all, i think hillary clinton got a great bounce for 2016 out of that early speech and also about the way clinton keeps rising in the polls. mitt romney actually gave a pretty good speech at the clinton global initiative. he had a sense of humor, he talked about helping the poor, which struck me at least as a lot better than that 47% speech. he was actually quite specific, and you know, i think in the end, obama gets the bounce
whenever clinton appears on the screen. but clinton is so popular right now, particularly among swing voters, that even a few pictures with clinton might take a little bit of the edge off obama's advantage. not much, but a little bit. so it was a smart thing for him to do. >> let's listen to bill clinton on cnn a short time ago talking about mitt romney and his 47% comment. >> i think if he's going to double down on that 47% remark, that will cause difficulties because we now know that the overwhelming number of those people work and have children. until the current election season, republicans and democrats supported both the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit. this is a rejection of basically more than three decades of bipartisan policy to support
work and family. it's not a bunch of free loaders. >> karen finney, the 47% are still controlling every hour of this presidential campaign now. >> indeed. but i've got to say one thing about the idea of the bounce. because a couple of days from now with the romney team yet again has not calculated, we'll all be talking about how not even bill clinton could save mitt romney. i have no doubt in my mind. but yeah. i mean, look. remember president clinton, like president obama comes from somewhat humble beginnings. he understands the 47%. he understands that sort of lack of respect that you heard in romney's voice and how people hear that. and guess what? he's the guy that the obama campaign is going to send out to talk to that 47% and remind them why they should be voting for president obama rather than governor romney. i agree with e.j., it was a decent speech from governor
romney. i don't think he's got enough days left to turn things around. >> it's interesting that on the day mitt romney was apairing at bill clinton's global initiative, bill clinton did more anti-romney media in one day than he has done since the convention. here is he on cbs this morning. >> we know what governor romney says, which is that his proposal for dealing with the debt is first to make it bigger by adopting another round of tax cuts. but he wants to defer until after the election saying what the specifics are. i think that ought to be a little bit of a red flag. >> e.j., if you're the obama campaign you just want t clinton initiative to go on and on. >> he's continuing his role as a math teacher, which he is pretty good at. you know what struck me though? when clinton was speaking earlier.
the earned income tax credit which has an ugly name, was one of the really good deeds of the clinton administration. he really boosted that up. and if you remember classic clinton rhetoric, it was always about people who work hard and play by the rules, in other words, the 47% in many cases. and so again, i think that clinton's gift for obama is he has a way of explaining what for most people are complicated and distant issues and bring them back down to earth, which is why you're right. they should keep the global initiative going. >> thanks for joining me. >> thanks. >> coming up, rupert murdoch has funded an anti-mitt romney video. who could get him to do that? the answer is in the rewrite. and later, rosario dawson will be here.
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of people have asked me, are you quitting or are you dropping out? there's other people that want to replace you with someone else. i don't believe that that is really my decision. the decision was made by the voters of the state of missouri and i have one purpose going into november, and that's replacing claire mccaskill. >> soon after, the legitimate rape candidate todd akin announced he was not dropping out of the race, senator claire mccaskill showed just how much todd akin has to answer for. >> todd akin in his own words. on march 18, 2011, he said he didn't like social security. on september 3, 2011 he said medicare was unconstitution national. then he said he wants to abolish the minimum wage. said he would eliminate student loans. and on august 19th he said only some rapes are legitimate. what will he say next?
>> i'm claire mccaskill and i approved this message. >> senator, now you know who you're running against. >> i do. finally, we know for sure. that it will be todd akin on the ballot in november. >> and were you surprised that he resisted all that republican party pressure, all the national republican party pressure, romney pressure, to get out of this race? >> i really wasn't. todd, i think, sees this race as a test of, in some ways, his faith. and i think he believes that this is a race that he was chosen to run by the people of the state. and i think he began this whole process very committed. and you have to remember, this is someone who has always operated on the fringe of his party. it's not that todd and i are that far apart on opposite ends,
it's i'm in the middle and he's on the very edge. so he's never really had a warm and close relationship with a lot of the republican party leaders because of his extreme views. >> let's listen to what mitt romney had to say about todd akin in this race. >> people like myself who have asked todd akin to get out of the race are doing so because we vehemently disagree with what he said and believe it hurts our party and i think it's damaging to women. >> senator mccaskill, it leaves me wondering what a republican like mitt romney would do in the ballot box on the senate race in missouri if he was a missouri voter. >> well, we're going to have a lot of republicans helping us in this race. we will be rolling out an organization, republicans for claire in the coming days.
we have already had, i've got kit bonds, former chief of staff, i've got somebody who worked on sara steelman's campaign, who have come to us sand aid somebody who is capable of moderation. i shi that this long list of things that that ad referenced is just a partial list. this is somebody just a handful of members of congress to vote against a registry for sex offenders. to vote against the child nutrition program. to vote against the center for missing and exploited children. so he really is somebody who i think the more missourians learn about his record, and they really didn't know it, lawrence, before this incident. they will realize this is not who they want speaking for them in the united states senate. >> i want you to listen to the one republican who is still in todd akin's corner. newt gingrich.
>> i have occasion said pretty dumb things in my career. my wife still occasionally looks at me and says lunar colony? and i get it. but if saying something dumb disqualified you, joe biden couldn't be vice president. >> senator mccaskill, are missouri voters willing to forgive todd akin for saying something dumb about rape? are there different degrees of saying something dumb? >> well, let me just say this. i don't think the problem is what todd said. the problem is what todd believes. that is really the essence of this race. what are his believes. and his belief s, i believe, honestly his beliefs would be painful for missourian families. the families in missouri that want to think that things are
going to be better next year than they were last year. families that are working hard and playing by the rules and want to be treated fairly in every way in their lives. and this is, todd akin is somebody who, you know, gave a speech that the hate crime legislation was going to create hatred. and those kinds of views are what i think is really the problem here. not what he said, but what he believes. >> senator i've addressed this on this show before. i think a lot of voters who vote in solid blue states like new york, when they see democratic senators gathering in washington, they wonder why they don't all sound exactly alike on every issue and the truth is office you come from different places. what i've learned tonight by your ad, about these other things that todd akin had said, i had no idea he had said, i had no idea just what you're up against running in that state
against a republican like todd akin who right now is polling at about 45% of the vote. >> he has a lot of dedicated volunteers. and he has a very broad base of support in the home schooling community, in the far right evangelical base of the republican party. mike huk huckabee is also on his team. missouri is always a close state. we have about a third, a third and a third. of republicans, democrats and independents. i'm going to run this race just as i would no matter who was on the other side. lots of energy, long days, very little sleep and with a real plea for people to come to claire mccaskill.com and volunteer. we are going to run this race as
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faced with that evidence, colorado's secretary of state says quote we have real vulnerabilities in the system. by vulnerabilities what they obviously mean are voters inclined to vote for president obama. republicans think that one easy way of targeting those voters is by aiming their voter suppression laws at black and latino voters who poll overwhelmingly in support of president obama. the most reliable republican voter is of course the white male voter. mitt romney leads president obama with white males 58 to 34 in the latest numbers from gallup. indeed if you listen to the romney campaign long enough, it sounds like it is targeted exclusively to white males who not so long ago were the only people allowed to vote in this country.
raising his voice against the republican voter suppression movement is, of all people, rupert murdoch. that's right. staunch republican rupert murdoch who wants every republican to win every election is paying for the latest attack on mitt romney and republican voter suppression laws. that's right, the same rupert murdoch who pays bill o'reilly's salary and keeps sean hannity spewing hatred of the president every night is now paying for an attack on mitt romney. rupert murdoch is being forced to pay for the latest attack on mitt romney and republican voter suppression laws by someone who has made much more money for rupert murdoch than bill o'reilly and sean hannity ever could. in fact this person has made more money for rupert murdoch than anyone else. so rupert murdoch let's this guy do and say whatever he want to do or say.
rupert murdoch's biggest money maker is of course homer simpson. and even homer simpson can figure out that republican voter suppression laws are not meant to stop white guys like homer. >> oh, man. not another election. why do we have to choose our leaders? isn't that what we have the supreme court for? >> if you're going to vote, we'll need some photo i.d. >> but i've lived here all my life. >> stopping all americans from voting is the protection of americans. >> i'm a 40-year-old white guy who didn't go to college and gets his news from monitors at gas stations. >> in you go. >> barack obama, i don't know. i already got one wife telling me to eat healthy. mitt romney? i hear he wears magic under pants. i expect the leader of the free world to go commando.
plus his horse totally choked at the olympics. on the other hand he did invent obama care. >> thank you, you have voted for mitt romney. the government paid him taxes for five years. i've got to tell the press. >> you are now being outsourced. >> i hate being sucked into tubes. at least i got a steady job. [ ow
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the polls every single election. this is the sit-in of our day. sitting in a phone bank, sitting in your living room calling everyone you know, your friends, your neighbors, that nephew you haven't seen in a while, that class mate you haven't spoken to in years, making sure they all know how to register, where to vote. every year, in every election. >> that was first lady michelle obama at the congressional black caucus saturday night calling on the audience to get out to vote. today celebrities took to social media and activists took to the street with the same message for voter registration day. in 2008 about 6 million americans didn't vote because they missed the registration deadline or didn't know how or where to register. voters in the crucial battleground states of colorado, ohio and florida have just two more weeks left to register to vote. joining me now, one of the organizers of the national voter registration day, rosario
dawson. how do you get the message out to unregistered voters, i would assume they're kind of hard to reach by definition. >> yes. and that's why it was really necessary for, you know, when we started this idea over a year ago, that we needed as many partnerships as possible to reach out. so people locally grass roots wise were going to be able to reach out to people and show up where they were going to be. so we had 1200 partners across the nation, we had 900 events. it was incredibly powerful. we weren't on the ground everywhere, but it was an opportunity for us to use social media. imagine martin luther king on twitter. it's a real thing of the we're seeing a lot of people they get registered and they mark it on facebook, their friends register and their friends register. it becomes this domino effect because people are aware and it's really powerful.
>> i want to get into your expertise with the latino vote. there's this huge gap, huge advantage to president obama. we talk about it here all the time, but it's so big that it can't be something that's just happening in this campaign. >> well, latinos are not a monolithic voting block. so they're very issue oriented. and i think there's a lot of conversation around immigration, the economy, jobs, health care. that's really disturbing a lot of people, voters across the board and making them choose very distinct sides. and when you're talking about cutting social services and people who are drowning in underwater loans, they tend to be affected by these issues from the economy and especially they're getting heated up around immigration. and i think you know obama did something with deferred action that brought a lot of people in
the latino community on. but also there was a reason why i ended up joining -- people who joined from arizona and went all the way to the dnc because deferred action doesn't help everybody nd they're hoping for a real promise of the dream act passing and comprehensive immigration reform. even with the latinos going over to obama's side, they're doing it with a bit of chagrin. though people are making a lot of talk, they want to see some real action. >> i want to take you to another area of your action, which is v day. you're on the board, right? >> yes. >> nd awe just had claire mccaskill on. she's running in missouri against a guy who said that there's a thing called legitimate rape and the female body has the ability to prevent pregnancy. you might expect to hear that kind of thing in some other
country. this is missouri, this is in the middle of the united states senate campaign. can you believe that's where we are? >> it's outrageous: after lisa brown was banned from speaking on the floor after said the word vagina. i love saying that word. it's a great word. but you know, and we ended up having within days, was able to do and show up on michigan steps and perform the vagina monologs. in small communities everywhere people are hurting. those types of comments have been going on a lot. that's what's going to be interesting about this election. in