The Ed Show | November 01, 2012
>>> welcome back to "the ed show." thanks for watching tonight. with each passing day the romney campaign is really getting more desperate. so it's unleashing more false, outrageous ads. for romney , i guess you can say it's kitchen sink time. romney has a new ad criticizing president obama 's suggestion to create a new secretary of business. the ad says that "we don't need another bureaucrat," but president obama wants to consolidate the work of nine government agencies to create one-shop stop for business in america. he is not trying to grow the bureaucracy. romney has another new ad accusing president obama of gutting welfare to work requirements. it was a lie the first three times and it's still a lie. romney 's disgraceful jeep ad is still running despite scratching, scathing criticism from ohio newspapers. the obama campaign has countered with a new ad in ohio and michigan.
>> gm calls romney 's ads politics at its cynical worst. and chrysler's ceo said it's simply not true. we know the truth, mitt.
>> that's exactly what i said. the headline you read which is let detroit go bankrupt.
>> when romney airs these grossly false ads, it opens up the door obviously for the obama campaign to hit back hard. in the state of florida it actually gets worse. romney desperately needs to win the state of florida and he is running a spanish language ad meant to stoke the fears of cuban-americans. the ad tries to connect president obama to venezuelan president hugo chavez and fidel castro . "the miami herald " reports the romney campaign would not furnish the ad despite repeated requests. in other words, the ad is so outrageous, the romney campaign tried to slip it under the radar. obviously the strategy is backfiring. let's turn to annette taddeo, member of the miami-dade democratic party . annette , great to have you with us tonight. i keep saying the bread basket to victory for president obama is going to be south florida . turnout is to important. but now this spanish language ad that's out, what is this doing to stroke the fears and the emotions of people down in that portion of the state?
>> well, it just -- i think mitt romney is finally just getting absolutely desperate. it is him learning a little bit of -- him realizing he cannot win, just like you said, without florida , and this is absolutely desperate at its worse. i can tell you, here in florida this is not going to work. cuban-americans, only the old ones are really, the elderly ones, are the ones that are turning out to vote for him in big numbers . but the younger ones don't really want to hear about what chavez says. we know that whatever comes out of his mouth we don't pay attention to it anyway. and the hispanics that are not of cuban descent certainly don't care about what chavez says and know that president obama can't control that. so we are not turned on by this ad at all. we're actually turned off by this kind of advertising. we want to hear about the economy. we want to hear about jobs. we want to hear about that we're going to get health care instead of having to go to the, you know, to the e.r. to get our health care .
>> there are estimates romney would have to win 40% of the latino vote to carry florida . so he's going to have to, i guess he's going down and dirty to increase those numbers. you're saying there's no way it's going to work.
>> well, he's obviously, what i mean by he's paying attention to -- is because, look, on the first day of early voting , we, the democrats, actually turned out so many people, and we have every day consistently, that we actually surpassed our 2008 numbers. so it was so shocking to them to see, after telling everybody, oh, we have no momentum, our people are not excited, and yet we have people standing out in lines for three hours.
>> waiting to vote right here in south florida which is our heavy, heavy voting area.
>> annette , if you were to break out the state, the panhandle pretty much republican. the middle of the state. how is that going to go? i mean, i think we can make the conclusion that south florida is going to be a real good place for president obama . what about the middle of the state?
>> well, the middle of the state as well, and we have to remember that there's a huge influx of puerto ricans in the middle of the state. and other non-cuban hispanics . so to pull this cuban ad or try to pull out the cuban vote is really desperate because now the majority of hispanics in florida are non-cubans. and so they are -- they're back in i don't know what year. again, he's going backwards. we're moving forward. so they don't even get the hispanic community. obviously. because this is such a turnoff to the hispanic community. and i think even to the younger cuban community.
>> all right. annette taddeo, great to have you with us tonight. thanks so much for joining us on "the ed show."
>>> coming up, profiting from a crisis. mitt romney 's accused of making millions from the automobile rescue. tonight the united autoworkers are demanding a federal investigation.
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