Ed Schultz praised Joe Biden tonight, as the vice president prepared to accept the nomination of the Democratic Party for a second term.
"[Biden] really has been the face of the lunch-bucket Democrats throughout this entire administration," Ed told the MSNBC panel. "He's been their connection. He understands their uprising, he is the middle class, he grew up middle class."
Ed then recalled the time he spent with Biden in Exeter, New Hampshire on April 12, 2012. In an exclusive interview, Ed asked Biden about Mitt Romney's tax plan, the war on women, "stand your ground" gun laws and the Scott Walker recall.
Here's the full interview:
"The guy is walking, talking testimonial who stumbles every now and then," Ed said tonight. "That makes him real. He's an honest guy."
He continued: "He has 30 years of foreign policy experience. I guarantee you he has been in the ear of the president on foreign policy on every issue."
All of a sudden, the crowd who is working so hard to suppress the vote in several states, cares about offending minorities.
Republicans are accusing Vice President Joe Biden of using racist "code" when he hammered the Ryan budget yesterday on the campaign trail.
"Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they're proposing," Biden told supporters in rural southern Virginia. "[Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt] Romney wants to, he said in the first 100 days, he's gonna let the big banks again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street! (crowd boos) They're gonna put you all back in chains."
The Romney campaign called Biden’s comment a "new low" in the campaign and almost immediately invoked race.
"There's going to be folks across the country who are going to try to take that as some kind of code word that's going to suggest that the Republicans are trying to be racial in their programs,” Romney surrogate, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports. “That's ridiculous."
Later at a campaign event in Ohio, Romney himself called on the president to "take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America."
Romney then doubled-down today on CBS' This Morning with a snarky "I know I am but what are you?" statement: "The president's campaign is all about division and attack and hatred."
"I’m using their own words!" Biden shot back, saying the "chains" metaphor belonged to the Ryan-Romney faction of the GOP itself. "If you want to know want to know what’s outrageous, it’s their policies, and the effects of their policies on middle class America. That’s what’s outrageous."
Indeed, there was NO Republican outrage when then-presidential candidate Rick Santorum used that same "code" last year.
"Because they will put you in chains called Obamacare,” Santorum said at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 12, 2011 (watch the video embedded left at 14:05). “And you will be dependent upon government and you will never break away.”
"You say take your campaign of hate back to Chicago. That has a lot of meanings," Michael Eric Dyson told The Ed Show last night. "Chicago, a city that features prominently African-American middle class leaders and other prominent spokespeople like Reverend Jesse Jackson and the like. They're suffering from extraordinary economic but also social devastation right now, with high rates of murder and the like."
The Romney campaign won't comment on the farm bill or the devastating drought, but it raced to express outrage at the perceived racial injustice of Vice President Biden's comment that Republicans want to put people "back in chains". Former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu accused Biden of using racial code. Ed Schultz talks to Dr. Michael Eric Dyson about the supposed "code" and why the Romney camp is jumping on Biden's one-liner.
He continued, "It rings in a very nasty way. And it suggests that the escalation of the rhetoric here is going to get quite nasty, and that Mitt Romney, unlike John McCain four years ago, is willing to do whatever he has to do in order to win. That means even stirring up the pot of racial animus in code words."
Fresh off getting lampooned by SNL (must see TV, by the way) the Fox & Friends this morning got cranked up about Vice President Joe Biden's recent appearance on Jeopardy.
Biden gave video answers during a Teen Jeopardy competition about the automobile industry.
They think Biden is out of touch for liking the Chevy Camaro (but we don't recall their disgust with Ann Romney's two Cadillacs and car elevator) and of course they HATE that the government loan to GM was wildly successful.
We here at The Ed Show can't wait until the curvy couchers find out about the vice president's love of Trans Ams. Stay tuned for more outrage!! In the meantime, don't you think this guy would make more sense than any of the Fox & Friends?