The Ed Show | October 18, 2011
SCHULTZ: In my Playbook tonight, President Obama continues barnstorming the country, pushing his jobs bill and blasting Republicans for doing nothing to get Americans back to work. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell went on Bret Baier 's Fox News show today to respond to the president's jobs tour. And since the facts aren't on his side, he just made a bunch of stuff up.
BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: He said, "ask the Republicans what their jobs plan would do. I'd be interested in the answer." What is the jobs plan? SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R, MINORITY LEADER: Well, try this for an answer. We tried his approach the first two years of his administration.
SCHULTZ: Can we stop the tape and hold it right there? Bret Baier asked McConnell a direct question: what is the jobs plan? Remember the question as you hear McConnell 's answer. Here it is.
MCCONNELL: We tried his approach the first two years of his administration. He owned the Congress . He got everything he wanted. He borrowed. He spent. And we have lost 1.5 million jobs since then. Well, the American people said that wasn't working. They changed the Congress . And now he is trying the do another stimulus.
SCHULTZ: I will tell you what. I don't know how they say it with a straight face. Let's hold it again right here for a moment so I can explain. First things first, he owned the Congress ? He got everything he wanted? I find it hard to believe considering Republicans in the Senate set a record for the number of successful filibusters during President Obama 's first two years. He got everything he wanted? I doubt it. Then McConnell blamed the stimulus for a loss off jobs. I guess we should remind the senator about President Obama 's record of job creation compared to the predecessor, George W. Bush . And Senator McConnell should read the report from the Congressional Budget Office , a nonpartisan organization that does all of the work for the Congress when it comes to the numbers, that said that the stimulus increased the number of people employed by between 1.3 million and 3.5 million workers in this country. So McConnell ignores the actual job growth under President Obama . He ignores his own deliberate obstruction of a record of filibusters in the Senate . He ignores the president who actually created the recession, George W. Bush . and he ignores the growth in GDP under our current president. And one more thing, he ignored the question.
BAIER: He said, ask the Republicans what their jobs plan would do. I'd be interested in the answer. What is the jobs plan?
MCCONNELL: Well, let's try this for an answer. We tried his approach the first two years of his administration.
SCHULTZ: There's a reason that he never got around to answering what the plan is. It is because there is no Republican jobs plan. It doesn't exist. I will let you know where President Obama needs to take the jobs tour next. Here's a hint. Liz Cheney is already there. John Nichols of " The Nation " joins me. Stay with us.
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