The Ed Show | August 17, 2012
>>> show." the big finish tonight, ooh, we're seeing signs that tea party rock star michele bachmann could be in real danger of losing her house seat this year. she won her primary on tuesday, but got the lowest vote percentage for someone in her position since 1962 . bachmann 's drawing heavy criticism recently for her witch hunt against muslims in the united states government. and tuesday's results show voters are fed up with her behavior in washington. beyond the primary, recent numbers from a democratic pollster show that bachmann has got a 51% unfavorable rating. it also shows her with only a five-opponent lead over her democratic opponent jim graves. bachmann 's long history of reckless rhetoric finally seems to be catching up to her and there's been a lot of rhetoric.
>> now we have moved to the realm of gangster government. we have gangster government.
>> how about delling you what light bulb you can use.
>> i want people armed and dangerous on this issue.
>> our founders thought taxation without representation was bad. what would they think of representation with taxation? i don't know what's going to happen.
>> this is the crown jewel of socialism.
>> it's socialized medicine .
>> socialized medicine that's going to kill the country.
>> socialism is a principle that i reject.
>> socialized medicine is the heart and soul and the crown jewel of socialism.
>> joining me tonight is jim graves, democratic candidate for u.s. congress in the sixth district of minnesota . running against incumbent michele bachmann . great to have you with us tonight, jim . is michele bachmann now being recognized in her own district as out of the mainstream, reckless, as the view of michele bachmann changed over the years by constituents? what are you hearing?
>> ed, no question about it. she is out of touch. the people in the district are fed up with her antics. she's wearing thin. and we're hearing it up and down the streets of the district. people want a change. they want a business person . they want somebody who can actually represent them in congress and being there for the people. she's not. she's out and about on her own agenda and people are sick of it.
>> she says that -- she called obama care socialized medicine . she says that will kill the country. will you run on the health care bill? would you go to constituents, people you want to have their support and say this is a good bill and we need to make it better?
>> well, you know, ed, it's a good bill in many ways and we can make it better and it's a good start. and by gosh, heretofore, we knew it wasn't working. we have to move forward, bend the health care costs, but by gosh, we're moving forward and doing something. she doesn't want to do anything. she wants to go back to the old ways and let the big insurance companies and everybody run this thing. we need to give back to the people what they need, which is good access to health care for everybody.
>> you're a successful businessman, you hire union help, you believe in paying a living wage . your employees are happy. i have spoken to them. you want to, after all the success you had in the private sector, you want to join a group that has a 10% approval rating across the country. what is motivatingia to run for congress?
>> well, ed, i think i can make a change for the better. i know how to do it. i have done it in business. we bring people together. we find real solutions to the real problems. we don't try to make these things just so we can get re-elected. we can get some money into the coffers like michele bachmann does. i really want to go to congress and actually represent the people and get the thing done. get jobs on the ground where we need them, we need to get the middle class working again. i have a lot of good employees, and these people need good jobs. they need livable wage jobs, access to health care education. thaw want to pay for their homes. they want the same things everybody wants. that's what i'm going to represent, those people, the people of the district. i'm not going to represent some tea party or try to get on some other news channel or be a excellent. i'm going to work for the people, serve the people. i'm in the hospitality business . if your folks come online and help us out, she's got a virtual atm machine . she says crazy things and it raises money. if we can get the money in through jimgraves.com, we're going to take her on and win this on november 6th and bring it back to the people and make congress more civil and more functional and make it happen.
>> jim graves, thanks for joining us tonight. we should also point out that you and michele bachmann will be the only two on the ticket. in previous races, there have been three people on the ticket which a lot of people think has really helpedbachmann. good luck to you. that's "the ed show." i'm ed