The Ed Show | November 13, 2012
>>> a lot of fight for a little dough.
>>> the white house has announced the president of the united states will hold his first press conference tomorrow since winning re-election. meanwhile, in his first sets of interviews since the election paul ryan says he really thought the republican ticket was going to win. reality bursts the bubble.
>> the polling we had, the numbers we were looking at looked like we stood a pretty good chance of winning, and so when the numbers came in going the other direction, when we saw the kind of turnout that was occurring in urban areas , which are fairly unprecedented, it did come as a bit of a shock. those are the tough losses to have. the ones that catch you by surprise. the surprise was the turnout in urban areas which gave president obama the big margin to win this race.
>> voters suppression, they just didn't get it done, right? congressman ryan is supposed to be the heavyweight on numbers. he's the chair of the house budget committee , so if he was actually relying on the campaign's internal polling, we should doubt his judgment more than ever, don't you think? romney and ryan didn't lose in urban areas . not only there, they lost among women and young voters, and they lost by a large margin. there's another revelation from the ryan interview. he doesn't believe the gop policy has anything to do with the loss.
>> i think we ran a big campaign. we made a campaign about big ideas and gave the country a clear choice. i respect the fact that the process is done, that the president won the race, and i congratulate him on the race. i don't think we lost it on budget issues. on medicare, we didn't lose it on those issues.
>> on one hand he says that they offered the country a very clear choice, but then he claims they didn't lose the election on budget issues. congressman ryan is wrong. in exit polls 60% favor tax rates increasing either for everyone or for those making more than $250,000 a year. as for urban areas ? romney and ryan lost. there is an obvious connection to the republican policy. african-american, latino, young voters, they simply do not buy ryan 's approach, and that is every man for himself. let's turn to ohio state senator nina turner. senator, good to have you with us tonight. i think this is important because this is an admission that their voter suppression did not work, and turnout does work. all of the talk before the election did connect with people. information is power. motivation is what makes it happen. ryan doesn't see a connection between his policy proposals and his ticket's -- and the gop ticket defeat. what do you make of that?
>> well, i have two words for congressman ryan and the other gop who are out of touch with this. seek help. the fact they don't understand that urban folks, i.e., factory workers, auto workers, teachers, police officers , nurses, students, the elderly, african-americans, whites, latinos that live in the urban area renewed president obama 's contract because they believe that what his policies are for the better interest of those of us who live in this country. to they need to seek help.
>> how do you build on this in 2014 ?
>> well, we got to continue to remind, because you're absolutely right. we went to sleep after 2008 , and they swept us in 2010 , and we cannot afford to fall asleeve after this big victory. we need the president and those in congress not to forget those states that really pushed him through, especially ohio. we have a lot of cleanup to do in 2014 , and the president needs a congress to work with. right here in the state of ohio , even though we just went through the election process, they are here trying to defund planned parenthood yet again and to pass what i call the heartless bill, the heartbeat effectively banning an abortion in the state of ohio . so they have not learned their lesson, and we have to remind women, men who up respect women, and everybody else in this country just what the gop stands for and what they care about. they don't care about many of us in this country at all.
>> here's part of ryan 's speech on poverty. this was just a month before the election. here it is.
>> here's the problem. the welfare reform mindset has not been applied with equal vigor across the spectrum of our anti-poverty programs.
>> what do you think of that? how can he change his view on that between now and 2014 or even in the long term? i mean, are republicans offering a credible approach to lifting people out of poverty?
>> not at all, ed. i mean, again, if you look at the state of ohio , for example, cutting funding to k through 12 education, but yet, you say you care about children. cutting funding to local government funds, but you care about children. they don't care about the poor, and as was illustrated and thank god the american people didn't buy it, they will say and do anything to try to win an election. it is my sincere hope that the voters not only in the state of ohio but across this country do not forget what they stand for and what they will do. we have to continue to work to help the president build the congress that he needs and we cannot forget the state elected offices. we have got to use our political clout to clean governor's mansions and statehouses across the country. it takes teamwork to make the american dream work. that's from the white house to congress to the statehouse to governors' mansions across this country. we're going to fight, ed.
>> quickly, senator, i want to make sure i heard you correctly. on a state level in ohio, the righties are trying to defund planned correctly?
>> yes, you did, ed. they're after women yet again.
>> ohio state senator nina turner. as you can see, the battle goes on. a dramatic turn in the petraeus affair. it's the shiny object the right wing was hoping for. karen finney will weigh in on that. then, it's the death of traditional america? republicans say that they are -- there are clear signs this country is flat out falling apart. we'll let bill o 'reilly