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described it, and that's "hardball" for now, thanks for with ed schultz starts now. good evening, americans, welcome "the ed show" from new york. americans have had enough of this presidential side show. today, the all-stars took to the court and scored big for the middle class. i have got a chart for you tonight you will easily understand, if you're a low-information voter. this is "the ed show," let's get to work. >> if you give any one of these guys the keys to the white house, they will bankrupt the middle class again. >> it is day one of the blue collar campaign tour and the obama/biden ticket is hitting the republicans hard. >> if some of these folks were around when columbus set sail, they would not have believed the world was round. >> we'll see how the president and his running mate did. and the new obama documentary is finally out. we'll have a first look. >> the tough decisions he would
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make would not only determine the course of the nation, they reveal the character of the man. mitt romney is flip-flopping on this remark. >> planned parenthood, going to get rid of that. and the governor of pennsylvania is advising women how to get through their state-mandated ultrasound. >> not make anybody watch, you have to close your eyes. joan walsh is here with the latest. and talk about a game change, ann coulter is throwing the mama grizzly under the bus. >> the conservative movement does have more of a problem. >> martin bashir is here with reaction. good to have you with us tonight, folks, thanks for watching. today was the kickoff of obama/biden 2012 campaign. vice president joe biden made the campaign's first official reelection appearance at a union hall in toledo, ohio. about 600 miles away, the president of the united states spoke to a community college in
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maryland. he addressed the hot-button issue of higher gas prices and called out the republicans for their fearmongering tactics. >> gas prices went up around this time last year. gas prices shot up in the spring and summer of 2008, i remember, i was running for president at the time. this has been going on for years now. and every time prices start to go up, especially in an election year, politicians dust off their three-point plans for $2 gas. i guess this year they decided they were going to make it $2.50. i don't know where, you know, why not $2.40? why not $2.10?
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but they -- but they tell the same story, they head down to the gas station, they make sure a few cameras are following them, and then they start acting like we've got a magic wand and we will give you cheap gas forever if you just elect us. every time. been the same script for 30 years. it's like a bad rerun. >> the president repeated what we already know. now, this is a fact, and i know that the republicans have a hard time with facts. the united states of america is producing more oil today than it has in the last eight years. he also repeated his call for an end to oil subsidies, which, of course, republicans don't like, and, of course, talked about developing alternative energy sources, which they think is a cop-out. president obama didn't waste time pointing out how republicans rejected all of these ideas.
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>> here's the sad thing. lately we've heard a lot of professional politicians, a lot of the folks who are, you know, running for a certain office, who shall go unnamed, they've been talking down new sources of energy. they dismiss wind power. they dismiss solar power. they make jokes about biofuels. they were against raising fuel standards. i guess they like gas guzzlers. they think that's good for our future. we're trying to move towards the future. they want to be stuck in the past. we've heard this kind of thinking before. let me tell you something, if some of these folks were around when columbus set sail, they must have been founding members
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of the flat earth society, they would not have believed that the world was round. [ applause ] >> that's telling it like it is. republicans, you know what, they still don't get it. flat earth or mitt romney was singing the same old tune on fox news today. he said president obama should be blamed for the high gas prices. >> do you hold president obama responsible? >> absolutely. he has not pursued policies that convince the world that america is going to become energy secure, energy independent. the world believes that america's not going to have the energy we need and we're going to have to continue sending hundreds of billions of dollars out of our economy, going into other nations. >> i just wish somebody on the campaign trail somewhere would shout out, you know, is it true the united states is producing more oil today than it has in the last eight years? that's a fact. i mean, that is an absolute fact. why don't they ever have to
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answer those questions? this is part of the latest right wing attack on the president. they say president obama wants higher gas prices to force alternative spending when it comes to alternative energy. they want to spend more money on that. he thinks the president wants high gas prices so we can go in a different direction. the american people aren't buying it in. in a fox news poll, 50% said the president is unhappy with high gas prices because they hurt the american people. only 31% believe the right wing talking point about the president being happy over rising gas prices. now, while the president was making his case for a sensible energy policy, vice president joe biden, he was simply on fire in ohio. in fact, it looks like, you know, not to be grand ois here, but it looks like the obama campaign is picking up on a lot of things we've been talking about on "the ed show" for a long time. >> my dad taught us something a lot of you know, a job is about a lot more than a pay check,
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it's about dignity, it's about respect, it's about your place in the community. it's about being able to turn to your kids to say it's going to be okay. that's what a job's about. i don't know if these other guys understand that, and folks, that's how barack and i measure economic success, whether the middle class is growing or not, that's the message of success. of growing, vibrant middle class where moms and dads, mothers and fathers, can look at their kids and say honey, it's going to be okay. >> i have said it so many times that if you stand with workers, you can't lose. if you win the middle class, you will win this next election in 2012. vice president biden drew a line in the sand between democrats and republicans when it comes to middle class values. >> mitt romney, rick santorum, and newt gingrich, these guys have a fundamentally different economic philosophy than we do.
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our philosophy, ours is one that values the workers and the success of a business. it values the middle class and the success of our economy. simply stated, we're about promoting the private sector. they are about protecting the privileged sector. we are for a fair shot and a fair shake. they are about no rules, no risks, and no accountability. >> it's no mistake that biden spoke in toledo, ohio, the ohio city relies greatly on the automobile industry. there is no doubt the auto rescue will be a large part of the obama reelection campaign. >> governor romney was more direct, let detroit go bankrupt. he said that.
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he said that what we propose, and i quote, "is even worse than bankruptcy." he said it would make gm, "the living dead." newt gingrich said, "a mistake." but the guy i work with every day, the president, he didn't flinch. that's the kind of president, in my view, we all want, a president with the courage of his convictions. a president willing to take risks on behalf of american workers and the american people, and folks, that's exactly what we have, a president with the courage of his convictions. he made the tough call, and the verdict is in, president obama was right, and they were dead wrong! >> republicans were wrong about the automobile rescue, and if you live in ohio or in michigan, that really should be your bench mark as to who you choose in november. the republicans were totally wrong about the automobile loan and saving american jobs and
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understanding what the trickle-down effect would have been. the president knew it and so did the democrats. they were also wrong about economic policy for eight years before president obama took office. well, the obama campaign released a 17-minute documentary today to remind everyone how bad it was when the president took office. >> what do we remember in november of 2008? was it this moment? or this? >> this is an economy right now that can't find the bottom of bad news. >> ten years of saving, completely gone, banished, poof. >> watching the dow industrial average has been like watching the heart monitor on a critically ill patient. >> how do we understand this president and his time in office? do we look at the day's
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headlines or do we remember what we, as a country, have been through? >> the timing of this documentary is absolutely perfect. there were more jobs added to the economy last month, more good news, and today's report on jobless claims shows first-time requests for unemployment insurance has fallen to a four-year low. now, republicans, is that a good fact or a bad fact? people are starting to get it. in the first time since 2010, a fox news poll found more people saying the obama administration made the economy better than made it worse. in that same poll, 58% say that they see signs of the economy turning around. you know, i'm so glad that we are talking about the campaign. i have a suggestion for the democrats tonight, don't campaign unless you have this chart with you on the road. don't campaign unless you go to these town hall meetings and put this up and hand this out to the people that you are talking to. now, this is, of course, the
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vulture chart. that's rick santorum and mitt romney up there. i don't have room for newt. he doesn't score very well. the red line, over the last 30 years, this is where the top 2% has gone in america when it comes to income. who's gotten all the breaks, who's gotten all the tax cuts, who's gotten all the deregulation? look where the top 2% has gone, the vulture chart. you folks in alabama and mississippi, i hear so much about alabama and mississippi, the democrats can't win there. i got news for you, this chart plays everywhere. the blue line is where the middle class is in this country, where your income has gone. this vulture chart plays everywhere, and the democrats should make this chart the focal point of every speech they give on the road. why? because the republicans can't deny it. the republicans have no game for this. in fact, mitt romney's tax plan plays right into this chart. let me look at the tax plan for
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mitt romney. if you make under $30,000 a year under the romney tax plan, your taxes are going to be going up, that's right, if you're on the left there, in the blue, your taxes are going to be going up if you're in that income category. now, if you make over $1 million a year, anywhere from $500,000 to over $1 million a year, you're going to get a tax cut between 2% and 5%. let's go back to the vulture chart. so, the republican plan, they have more for the red liners, they have nothing but more taxes for the blue liners. median income in alabama, $40,976. median in mississippi, $37,881. if you live in mississippi and you live in alabama, your taxes, if mitt romney is the next president, your taxes in that income bracket, they are going up. look, i'm just tired of hearing about how the democrats can't win the south.
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that chart plays in every single southern state. this is what they want, more tax cuts for the rich. this is what they want, more hardship on the blue liners across america. you tell me, why do you think the republicans are going after these social issues, because they have no answer for this chart. it is an undenial piece of economic information that the democrats need to hammer on every stop. it's a fact. low-information voters, come on, you can grab that. if you're making under $30,000 a year, your taxes are going up if the republicans get elected, it's that simple. get your cell phones out, i want to know what you think. tonight's question, who will be better for the economy, president obama or the gop? text a for the president, b for the gop to 232669. we, of course, want to know what you think.
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and i want to know what american workers think about the obama/biden campaign kickoff today. i'll talk with a former ohio teacher and one who is running for president. -- running for representative position in ohio. i want to know what she thought and congressman tim ryan also joins us. later, the republican war on women continues. i'll talk to the president of emily's list to the opposition of violence against women act. what makes the sleep number store different? the sleep number bed. the magic of this bed is that you're sleeping on something that conforms to your individual shape. wow! that feels really good. in less than a minute i can get more support. if you change your mind once you get home you can adjust it. so whatever you feel like, the sleep number bed's going to provide it for you. at our semi-annual sleep sale, save $400 to $700 on our most popular bed sets. plus, free standard shipping - but only through march 18th!
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coming up, tim ryan and teacher maureen reety join me. mitt romney flip-flops on his planned parenthood comments, joan walsh of on the gop three-ring circus. share your thoughts on twitter. we're right back.
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we're going to combine our creativity and our optimism, our brain power, our manpower, our woman power, tell them, yes, we can. tell them, we are going to build an economy that will last. tell them we're going to make this an american century just like the last century. thank you prince george's county, thank you prince george's college, thank you, maryland, god bless you. god bless america. >> yeah, let's get to work. president obama's major strategy as he kicked off his reelection
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campaign today was to point out how his policies have made a difference in the lives of a lot of americans. >> passed a payroll tax at the beginning of this year to make sure everybody had an extra $40 in their pay check on average. in part because we anticipated that gas prices might be going up like they did last year, given tight world oil supplies. >> vice president joe biden was also making a connection between the policies and the money these policies have helped save. >> the president's historic fuel economy efficiency standards that nearly double the efficiency of cars, saving the american families $1.7 trillion at the pump, helping free us from foreign oil dependence. >> this is the incumbent advantage. republicans spent the last three years saying no, instead of passing legislation. they have very few
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accomplishments to run on, so congressional republicans are feeling the heat. today, republican rick crockford of arkansas proposed a proposal that includes a tax on any income over $1 million. news flash coming up, this guy's going to get thrown out of the party and the caucus, you wait. this is a major shift away from the republican noose of no new taxes, but the fact is, there's one republican over there that says wait a minute, we have to do something about the treasury, the red line ed's talking about is right. that's basically why he's doing this. he knows the top 2% needs to pay more. let's turn to democratic congressman tim ryan of ohio and maureen reedy, the teacher of the year in 2002 in the state of ohio and is now running for a seat in the ohio house of representatives. i love the story. congressman, you first. great to have you with us tonight. is this going to connect with ohio voters, how much of an
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impact do you think vice president biden had today? >> well, it's huge. it just reminds everybody of how huge the auto rescue package was, it reminds everybody where we were and where we are now when one of every eight jobs in the state of ohio is related to the auto industry, the supply chain, the local tax base, huge cuts all across the state. can you imagine what communities would be like if they didn't have the auto workers and their supply chains paying taxes in ohio, and biden reminds everybody of that. >> and tim, what do you think of the guy across the aisle, rick crawford, are the republicans changing their policies a little bit? >> well, i think he's a dead man walking in a republican primary is what i think. they just can't get away with that over there. i have republican friends here in ohio who say, hey, why wouldn't you tax somebody that's making more than $1 million? we have this huge budget deficit we need to deal with, so i think some moderate republicans are like that, but for the most part, the tea party, i doubt
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highly, is going to let him get away with that. he's going to get primaried and be back in the private sector, if i had to guess. >> maureen, i want to play -- >> it's a shame, ed, it's a shame. >> it is a shame, because it's the right thing to do. it doesn't affect 99% of the people out there in america, and we've got to fix the treasury, he has the guts to stand up and do something about it, but i think you got it right, they are going to primary the guy. i want to play a clip from vice president joe biden, who was speaking in your state today. here it is. >> it's not just the automobile industries coming back, folks, manufacturing's coming back, the middle class is coming back, america is coming back, workers, worker by worker, home by home, community by community, this country is coming back! >> maureen, does this message speak to you? >> it sure does, ed, you know, what vice president biden was saying is that our president doesn't give up on hard-working
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people in america, just as teachers and parents, we don't give up on our children, and, you know, president obama didn't lock the door and throw away the keys on the auto industry. instead, he found a way to drive us through the downturn by investing in policies that really strengthened the middle class. >> have you seen a change in the thinking of the people of ohio ever since the anti-union bill was knocked down? i mean, do you see a sense of confidence among ohioans right now that it's going to be tough for the republicans to win that state? >> you know, ed, i think what ohioans found in this past year is that we're a collective voice and we're claiming equal representation for ohioans from all walks of life. you know, we have a right to representation for equal opportunity, for investment and education, for investment in our local communities. right now our state has shifted the cost of balancing the budget
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to our local communities, and i've been knocking on hundreds of doors, and people are worried about the stability and balance in their communities. >> now, you're a teacher and have been for a number of years and was teacher of the year in 2002 in ohio. i understand that not only you, but a number of your friends, have had enough. how many of you are running for representative positions in the state of ohio? i love this story. >> well, ed, i've given it a nickname, we've given it a nickname, ten teachers to the state house. it's unprecedented, ten teachers are leaving their classroom and careers and going from protesting outside the doors of the state house to getting to work inside the state house. >> that's great. finally, congressman, a big focal point of the obama reelection campaign is going to be on the automobile industry and, of course, the loan and how it worked. is that going to be enough in ohio? >> well, it's not just that, ed, i think that's the center piece, but he also slapped tariffs on
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chinese steel tubing, they were dumping it here, slapped a tariff on chinese tires, plus the supply chain and auto industry, and he's making investments in education, the reduced interest rate for student loans, the investments in the pell grants and community colleges, that's how you build a future in ohio, a great manufacturing state, and he's been able to do it. >> doesn't joe biden look good in union hall? it's like he sleeps there, he seems so at home. >> i think he's been there once or twice. >> congressman tim ryan and maureen reedy, teacher in ohio, good luck to you, we'll visit again. thanks so much. next up, romney attacks women's health care. santorum says puerto ricans better speak english, and gingrich says we're all stupid. later, the university of southern mississippi apologizing to a kansas state player after racist remarks were yelled at
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him during the ncaa tournament today, details ahead, stay with us.
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welcome back to "the ed show." mitt romney, i mean, he just can't get his act together, and he has flip-flopped, yes, once again. here's what he said tuesday about planned parenthood. >> of course you get rid of obama care, that's the easy one, but there's others, planned parenthood, going to get rid of that. >> caught a lot of flak for that comment, so 24 hours later he
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told the chicago sun times he didn't want to close planned parenthood parenthood. what i want to do is get rid of the federal funding of planned parenthood. a romney classic, no doubt about it. planned parenthood gets major funding from the federal government and it provides preventive health care to 3 million women every year. this is what romney says he would cut, and it's a matter of -- it's just going to hurt a lot of low-income women across this country. why, why do they have a propensity to pick on the poor? on a lighter note, romney's campaign is sick and tired of getting criticized for strapping the family dog on the roof of the car. well, a romney adviser said for crying out loud, with 8.3% unemployment, if the dog defeats you, you deserve to get defeated.
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president obama overcame reverend wright and billy ayers, so seems the dog is being compared to jeremiah wright and billy ayers, very, very strange. joining me now is joan walsh, editor at large great to have you with us tonight. >> thanks, ed. >> let's begin with mitt romney and the planned parenthood, does he think he's going to win against the democrats and president obama doing it this way? >> i don't know what he thinks, you know, i think he thought, ed, that he was able to fire planned parenthood. he likes to be able to fire people, and so he said that and then his staff said governor, you really can't get rid of planned parenthood, you can't fire them, so then he had to walk it back, but it's so preposterous, and as you said, planned parenthood does so much. they do breast cancer screenings, they do a full women's health screening, and they also, let's really be honest, they prevent abortions. we really would be looking at an
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increased abortion rate if planned parenthood were to go away, so, you know, there's so many ways to hit romney on this, and he's going to be hit on it hard no matter how many times he walks back his stupid remarks. >> here's romney again today, let's play it. >> look, we're not going to go to a brokered convention. >> we're not? >> one or the other of us, among the three or four that are running, is going to get the delegates necessary to get the nominee. as it gets closer toward the end it's going to be clear we got someone in the strong lead, states that remain will vote for that person and that person will get the delegates and become the nominee. >> i mean, that person, why doesn't he say i'm going to get enough, we're going to get it done. doesn't have much confidence there, does he? >> doesn't sound he has much confidence. i went on vacation for a week and came back and it's like ground hog day. rick santorum wins more states, mitt romney wins more delegates,
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newt gingrich won't go away, and romney's insisting there won't be a brokered convention. there doesn't have to be a smoke-filled room, secret deal kind of brokered convention, but it may be hard to get to 1144 the normal way, so he's looking at a world of pain the longer this goes on. it's great he's making light of it, but there's nothing to make light of. >> rick santorum has his own problems, he told puerto rico they better make english the primary language if they want to be a state. 24% of liberals would vote for obama over santorum. what do you make of that? >> santorum is unelectable as president, you know, look, all of them. they want to insult women, they want to insult latinos, sometimes, ed, this is such good news for the white house i think i'm missing something. there must be a secret playbook where it actually helps you to
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alienate the fastest-growing segment of the electors, women, they just day after day they alienate key segments of the electorate and say they are going to win. they are not going to win. >> another good one for you, here's newt gingrich today. >> the thing i find most disheartening about this campaign is the difficulty of talking about positive ideas on a large scale because the news media can't cover it and my opponents can't comprehend it and you can't have a serious conversation. we are at the edge of such extraordinary opportunities, and it is so hard to get this party to understand it. our political system is so methodically and deliberately stupid, and i use that word, deliberately. >> so newt's losing because people are stupid. there's a good one for you. >> that's really good, that's going to endear him with swing voters that he's too smart and we can't understand him, you know, what an elitist, they call
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president obama an elite ist, he's never said anything that stupid, quite honestly. >> newt gingrich is just an unguided missile on the campaign tour right now. joan walsh, thank you for joining us tonight, always a pleasure to have you with us. >> thank you. the war on women heads to pennsylvania. governor corbett is giving advice to women undergoing state mandated ultrasounds. >> i'm not making anybody watch, okay, you just have to close your eyes. we'll have the latest of stephanie of emily's list. it was truly march madness at the ncaa today, racist chants from the court at a port ree yan player was caught on tape and ann coulter getting honest and throwing the grizzly under the bus. >> does have more to do with con men and char la tans than the democratic party. >> martin bashir on coulter's moment of clarity.
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i hope that this bill is not part of a march, and that march, as i see it over the past 20 years, has been to cut back on rights and services to women. >> republicans war on women continues as their tone deafness reaches appalling levels. the latest battle, the violence against women act, strengthens laws protecting women against domestic violence and sexual assault. since its original passing in 1994, domestic violence has dropped 58%. historically, the law has received broad bipartisan support. it is now up for reauthorization and guess what, republicans are fighting it because of a few updates. the law now gives native american tribes authority to prosecute crimes, it also protects undocumented immigrants and same-sex couples. the party says it has more
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important things to focus on. senator john thune of south dakota telling "the new york times," there are lots of other issues right now that could be dealt with other than this one. really? what about the reservations on south dakota territory there, senator? one republican fighting the right wingers on this one is senator lisa murkowski, she voted for the blunt amendment, went back to alaska and got absolutely all kinds of hell from female voters. she had this quote, "i have never had a vote i had taken that let down more people that believed in me." now murkowski is reading members the riot act. the new york times reports murkowski sternly warned her colleagues the party was at risk of being successfully painted as anti-women at a closed-door meeting. i'm joined tonight by stephanie schriock, she is the president of emily's list.
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stephanie, great to have you with us tonight. >> thank you for having me. >> you bet. >> is murkowski's warning to the republicans too little too late? can they turn this around? they are really starpt starting to have an image problem. >> here they go on this next piece of preventing the domestic violence piece. it is one thing after another, and it is clear this war on women that the republican party is waging is back firing and emily's list just did a poll recently and showed in battleground states that voters overwhelmingly support women's access to health care and birth control. they are wrong on this issue and they just continue waging this war. >> how can republicans oppose the violence against women act and survive as a party? i mean, they are absolutely alienate ing women voters, some of them who are not politically active or engaged. >> women are just getting energized more and more. in the last year since the republicans took over the house
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of representatives, emily's list, an organization committed to electing democratic women, has doubled in size. we're over a million members. we are hearing from women all across the country that this has got to stop. we have got to change this path. >> a measure in pennsylvania, i want to focus on pennsylvania for a moment. a measure in that state would force women considering an abortion to receive copies of their ultrasound. here's what the republican governor corbett had to say. >> making them watch and does that go too far in your mind? >> i'm not making anybody watch, okay, because you just have to close your eyes. >> the people of pennsylvania are against this. why is the governor defending it, what do you think? >> well, i got to say, any governor who has to say to his citizens, just close your eyes at the law that i just signed, boy, you better rethink signing that into law.
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this is exactly what we have to stop, and the way we do it is to make sure every woman in this country know they have to stand up for themselves, they have to go and vote this november, and we really, truly, need to elect more women. we have to get more women into this discussion. >> you think this is going to get more women engaged politically where they are going to want to run to office because of this? the state of arizona wants to force women to provide proof to the employer they are taking birth control for other reasons than just preventing pregnancy. your thoughts? >> this is absolutely energizing women to step up and run for office. emily's list has more women running for the united states senate than in the history of our nation. it is historic. we have women stepping up every day, still, across the country to run for the house. even the ohio teacher you were just talking to, teachers stepping up in ohio running for the legislature. i mean, most of those teachers, they are going to be women. these folks are riled up, and
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it's for all of us to stand up and work with these women who are standing up to run so they can win this november. >> stephanie schriock, great to have you with us on "the ed show" tonight, thank you. next, racism rears its ugly head at the ncaa tournament today, hecklers shout remarks to a player. we'll tell you how that played out next.
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up next, southern mississippi basketball fans heckled an opposing player with a racially incensive chant. we are right back.
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today the mississippi house of representatives passed legislation similar to arizona's "show me your papers" law targeting hispanics. it's expected to be signed by mississippi's republican governor phil bryant. also today, the university of southern mississippi played kansas state university in the first round of the ncaa tournament. what do these two events have to
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do with one another? when kansas state freshman angel rodriguez approached the free-throw line at the end of the first half, here's what he heard being shouted from the stands. >> have you seen mills trying to come over and draw the charge, rodriguez has let the ball go. he's a freshman, about as cool as they come now. >> members of the southern mississippi school band were shouting "where's your green card?" imagine for a moment, you're a college freshman starting, you and your team make it to the ncaa tournament, it is the big dance, the big show, it is a dream come true, and while you're out there on your court making your school proud, having a highlight in your life, you hear a bunch of bullies from the other school shouting where's your green card. by the way, rodriguez was born in san juan, puerto rico. here's a geography lesson, puerto rico is part of the united states, people born in puerto rico are american srtss.
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well, the university president issued a statement apologizing for the remarks. unfortunately, the president of the school, saunders, failed to spell mr. rodriguez's name correctly. by the way, kansas state won the game. one of the players who helped the wildcats ice the game in the last minutes was the guard, angel rodriguez. next, ann coulter has a rare moment of truth. plus, she wants to keep failed republican presidential candidates away from fox news? hey, that's my territory. martin bashir with me next with a lot of fun. stay with us. [ male announcer ] that. right there -- reminds you
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and in the big finish tonight, the intelligence of the republican party is battling it out over the presidential nomination, and for once, right-wing hate merchant ann coulter is telling the truth. the romney supporter unleashed on sarah palin and others in the republican part in a speech in florida. the video is court see of >> sarah palin suggested herself as the choice. i think our party, and
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particularly our movement, the conservative movement has more of a problem with con men and charlatans than the democratic party. the incentives seem to be set up to allow people, longs you have a band of a few million fanatical followers, you can make money. >> ann coulter is the expert on that, don't you think? but she has an idea of getting rid of the charlatans in her party. >> all the republican nominees for president, i want them to sign a pledge that says if i lose the nomination, i pledge i will not take a gig with fox news or write a book. >> i think coulter is worried about other right wingers stepping on her turf, plugging books on box really is her specialty. >> ms. coulter, the author of the new book, "if democrats had any brains they'd be republicans." >> if democrats had any brains they'd be republicans. >> author of the book "guilty,."
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>> her book, "guilty" is now out in paperback. >> "guilty," ann coulter would be the one. >> ann coulter, always good seeing you, "godless." >> ann coulter is back with us. >> there's only so much room over there. joining me now is msnbc host martin bashir. we got a turf war going on here, don't we? >> in all seriousness, ed, this is a race for the most important office in the free world, and these individuals have reduced it to something akin to a mr. universe contest for men with learning difficulties. cast your mind back a year. herman cain, what is herman cain's resume have on it? two things, he can make pizza and it's littered with allegations of sexual harassment towards women.
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or how about rick perry, the man whose knowledge of the world is only matched by sarah palin, who in the film "game change" was shown a map of europe and explained in simple terms, this is germany and it sits at the heart of the continent of europe and it was responsible for the second world war and her majesty the queen is not ahead of the british government. ann coulter is right. >> she complains about charlatans but supports mitt romney. >> what choice does she have? she can either go back to the 13th century with rick santorum or enter the world of king newt gingrich where every week the nation would have to bow down and listen to some ludicrous of this man, by the way, if he ever became president, lock up your daughters and don't let your wife speak to him. mitt romney is whoever you want him to be.
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there's not much of an option for ann coulter. >> how bad have things gotten with republicans ann coulter is now the rational thinker on the block? >> i think she's absolutely right in her analysis. these individuals are not running for the nation, they are running for the self. ron paul is running for the future of his son. newt gingrich is running with ka lis ta to sell children's books about an elephant. mitt romney is a man with so much personal wealth he'll never spend it for the rest of his life. he has nothing else to do. you're never gripped by an idea of a vision for the country, none of these individuals have that, and she makes the point, they are running for themselves. >> and she also, besides palin, is she including her description, who is she including in her description of con men and charlatans? >> i guess she must be including someone like mike huckabee, who when he was running for president, didn't win the nomination, as we know, and now
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has such a lucrative broadcasting career, started at fox, now he'll be opening on a radio station, you know radio better than anyone else, when the republicans come to mike huckabee and say will you please run for the presidency, he says no way, i have a much more lucrative career doing what i'm doing. she must have him in mind. >> martin bashir, always a pleasure. >> great to be with you. >> that's "the ed show," i'm ed schultz, you can listen to me on serius xm radio, follow me on twitter, and "like," "the ed show" on facebook. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, ed, tonight is my interview with james inhofe of oklahoma i was talking to you about the other day. >> a republican is coming to your program? i can't score any republicans, not that it


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