Michele Bachmann, Allen West, Steve King and Joe Walsh are all facing tough fights for re-election. Is "Tea Party Mt. Rushmore" crumbling? Ed Schultz asks MSNBC political analyst Karen Finney.
Mitt Romney will no longer mention the story of Glen Doherty, a former Navy SEAL killed in the September 11th attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, after the SEAL's mother complained about her son's story being used on the campaign trail.
Ed Schultz takes Governor Romney to task for politicizing the death of an American hero.
In a recent interview Mark Hamill, the man who played Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, said that if he had to compare President Obama to a character from Star Wars he would choose a combo of Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi.
We asked our twitter followers to fill out the rest of the equation and name the "Star Wars" character they would associate with Mitt Romney. We got hundreds of responses (people on the Internet like "Star Wars" apparently?) which ranged from the good the bad and the ugly.
Somehow, there were two votes for Pizza the Hut (Jabba's "Spaceballs" knock-off). Another said: "the slime trail that follows Jabba the Hut". Another suggested Mitt Romney was comparable to the "skinny thing sitting *next* to Jabba the Hut" (his name is Salacious B. Crumb)
With the election approaching, some corporate CEOS are pulling out all the stops to pressure their employees about what they do in the voting booth.
On The Ed Show Wednesday, Ed counted off the examples:
• Robert Murray of Murray Enterprises in Ohio earlier this summer forced miners to attend a Mitt Romney rally without pay, some miners have charged. The Federal Election Commission is probing the episode. Murray later went on Fox News and made the bizarre claim that President Obama wants to pass legislation that would pay for people's electric bills—provoking laughter even from his host.
• David Siegel, a Florida real-estate mogul who's building the biggest mansion in America, told employees in a company email they should vote for Romney,, adding that he'd lose motivation to work if Obama was re-elected.
• The Koch brothers sent thousands of employees a list of their favored candidates.
• And as Ed reported Monday, Richard Lacks of Lacks Enterprises, a Michigan auto-parts company, told employees in a recent email that they should “vote to improve your standard of living”by opposing Obama.
Ed on the PBS documentary about the men competing for the presidency: "I highly recommend you watch it. You will see a candidate who can change his convictions so easily because he has no true convictions."
The latest national poll suggests GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has gained ground with women voters, something his campaign is hoping to build on. Meanwhile, Bill Clinton mocked Romney in Las Vegas and President Obama suggested he may have been too polite in the Denver debate. NBC's Peter Alexander reports.
27 days until the election and Mitt Romney implodes over a woman's right to choose.
Tonight, Ed welcomes Terry O’Neill, President of The National Organization for Women, and Democratic Strategist Bob Shrum for reaction and analysis of Romney’s abortion Etch A Sketch.
Mitt Romney went moderate during his debate with the president. Will his running mate do the same? Howard Fineman, NBC News Political Analyst and Editorial Director of the Huffington Post Media Group, has a preview of tomorrow's vice presidential debate.
Paul Ryan tries to convince Michigan voters that he and Mitt Romney will fight for the auto industry, but their records tell a different story. John Nichols, Washington Correspondent of The Nation will have the details.
From the coal mine owner to the real estate mogul, CEO's are holding their workers hostage to get votes for Mitt Romney. Tonight, Robert Reich, former U.S. Labor Secretary and UC Berkeley Professor, looks at the revolt of the plutocrats.
Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren face each other in the third of four televised debates at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh must really want a new job.
Sure, he's gone off the deep end many times since entering high office. But at a raucous debate in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, last night (as recorded by the Daily Herald and reported by TPM's Eric Kleefeld), he seemed to be daring his constituents to fire him.
At one point, Walsh tried to establish his Democratic challenger, Tammy Duckworth, a double amputee veteran of the Iraq War (and frequent guest of The Ed Show), as a political insider who only says what Democratic bosses tell her to say.
"I think darn near everybody in this audience is sick and tired — and I’ll say it with a smile — of Republicans and Democrats, elected officials, who seem to poll test every syllable of every word that they utter, because they’re so afraid of offending people and losing votes. You’re seeing the perfect example of that up here on this stage. Tammy Duckworth will not say a thing that David Axelrod and her advisers won’t let her say."
Members of the audience booed, but an unfazed Walsh went on to address his criticism by brandishing this photo of Duckworth picking out her clothes for her speech at the upcoming Democratic convention:
Mitt Romney takes a position on tax policy, then his staff says something else. Romney takes a position on Iran, then his staff says something else. Romney takes a position on health care, then his staff says something else. Romney takes a position on his own immigration adviser, then his staff says something else.
This new one, however, is a doozy, even by Romney standards.
Mitt Romney today said no abortion legislation is part of his agenda, but he would prohibit federally-funded international nonprofits from providing abortions in other countries.
"There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda," the GOP presidential candidate told The Des Moines Register's editorial board during a meeting today before his campaign rally at a Van Meter farm.
It took all of two hours before Romney's chief spokesperson said the exact opposite, explaining, "Gov. Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life." Asked whether the candidate's position on abortion legislation had changed, Romney's spokesperson would "not answer directly."
Look, even before the predictable walkback, Romney's carefully-worded answer, intended to make him appear less extreme on reproductive rights, was absurd. Romney's platform calls for a constitutional amendment that bans all abortions; Romney said he "absolutely" supports a "Personhood" measure that would ban all abortions and some forms of birth control; and in 2007, Romney boasted that that he'd be "delighted" to sign a bill that would no longer allow abortions "at all, period."
For that matter, Romney intends to fill the federal judiciary with far-right judges who would agree with him on reproductive rights; he would use an executive order to reinstate the Mexico City policy; and he intends to "get rid of" Planned Parenthood by ending the federal aid it's enjoyed with bipartisan support for decades.
As for "legislation," Romney said yesterday that he doesn't see anti-abortion bills as part of his agenda, but if he were in the Oval Office, he'd certainly sign these bills if they were passed by his far-right allies in Congress.
But even putting all of that aside, what are we to make of a candidate who keeps trying to appear mainstream, only to have his aides change the story a couple of hours later?
David Siegel, multi-millionaire founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts, sent a letter to his employees telling them that their job is at stake if Mitt Romney doesn't win.
Ed Schultz breaks down the letter and Siegel's history of using his employees to advance his own political agenda.
President George W. Bush's famous statement "you can't fool me again" should serve as a reminder to Americans for what's on the line this election season. Ed Schultz goes through Mitt Romney's lies from last week's debate and sets the record straight.
The presidential candidates have descended into Ohio, a vital state – especially for Mitt Romney. If Romney loses that state, he will have to win six of the remaining seven swing states. NBC's Peter Alexander reports.
On the last day for voter registration in Ohio, Florida and 15 other states, President Obama pounds the stump, the Romney lie tour continues and the polls tighten.
Tonight, Eugene Robinson, MSNBC Analyst, Associate Editor and Pulitzer Prizewinning Columnist for the Washington Post, and Joan Walsh, Salon’s Editor at Large, and author (“What's The Matter With White People? Why We Long For A Golden Age That Never Was”), will join Ed to review the state of the race.
Young voters could be the key to victory in Florida for President Obama. Annette Taddeo, of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party joins Ed to discuss the youth vote and enthusiasm leading up to the election.