The Ed Show | November 20, 2012
>>> we are back. tea party rock star allen west fought hard in an attempt to keep his house seat. it didn't work. he was granted a recount, but after the results came back, he lost by even a wider margin than before so today after two weeks of kicking and screaming , he finally called it quits. he did all of this over on fox news to concede.
>> before you go off to thanksgiving, you have an announcement to make.
>> yeah. good morning, happy thanksgiving to you and everyone. and we're not going to go forth and contest the certified results. we're going to move ahead and wish congressman murphy very well.
>> he lost his house seat but he still thinks he's a leader.
>> leaders don't need a title to be a voice.
>> west is right. failed republicans don't need a title to have a voice. they just have to go to work for fox news. so to help west gain employment, we put together his audition tape.
>> you have this plantation that's been out there. the democrat party has taken the black vote for grant ed. now those people are upset because they have been disrespected. i'm here as the harriet tubman to lead the people away from that plantation. if you're feeding a person that crap sandwich with a smile, it's still a crap sandwich.
>> we are against something that's a totalitarian, political ideology and it's called islam.
>> we're creating economic dependency and i call it slavery.
>> are you saying maxine waters is the plantation boss at this point?
>> well, absolutely.
>> it looks like florida voters had enough-his rhetoric and sent him packing. he will still be around. i'm sure fox will book him allot. but i've asked him to come on this program, and he won't go face to face with me. joining me is patrick murphy of florida, who beat allen west for his house seat. congratulations, mr. murphy. good to have you on "the ed show" tonight.
>> thanks for having me.
>> you are exactly what republicans love to put up in front of a crowd. you understand small business . i have done some research on your background. what was the difference? did the rhetoric of allen west really put you in this seat?
>> it was a few things. it started off with his rhetoric. that offended a lot of republicans. we were getting phone calls from republicans saying, we're tired of the tea party . we want someone with your background as a small. business owner representing us. it was part of my campaign about showing the difference between us . but also talking about what i want to do going forward and why i thought i was the better candidate move iing this country forward.
>> one of the right wing talking points is that the democrats have put so many regulations on small businesses . i'd like you to speak to that.
>> sure. when it comes to things like regulations. it's not about more or less, it's about smarter regulation. i spent four years as an aud auditor. i have seen firsthand what works and what doesn't. my time cleaning up the bp oil spill, saw a lot of regulations there and what needs to be done to make those more transparent and easier for businesses to understand. unfortunately, there's such a big difference when it comes to regulations as to how they apply to the fortunate 500 companies and how they apply to the mom and pops.
>> you said in a debate that you would draw the line at $1 million when it comes to raising taxes . president obama wants people making $250,000 and more to pay taxes. that's a difference between you and the president. if the president asks for your vote, would you give it to him or hold the line at $1 million? where do you stand on tax revenue ?
>> sure, i have studied the tax code . unfortunately, it's riddled with loopholes and deductions. if we're going to be serious about making sure we don't fall off the fiscal cliff, we're going to have to really look at our tax code from scratch. and i said the million dollars because so many businesses out there want to keep that money invested in their companies. so that's why i have the line at $1 million. but if we're going to be serious, first thing i said is sit down with a republican and find that compromise to ensure that we move the country forward.
>> but the president wants to extend the bush tax cuts and the tax rate for the lower 98% income earners. you would be against that?
>> i don't want to raise taxes on the middle class , but i'm more conservative than the president. so that's where i stand. i'm not saying i wouldn't compromise because there's a bigger picture at hand here. that's where i drew the line, but we have to do what's best for all americans.
>> congressman patrick murphy , congratulations. there's a lot of people that are happy. good win. thank you.
>>> there's a lot more coming up in the next half hour of "the ed show." stay with us.
>>> these kinds of terms that those of us, especially those of us raised in the south, we're hearing these words and phrases all our lives. we get insulted by them.
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>> we have to do more to protect the integrity of the vote.
>> we'll tell you how the wisconsin governor wants to make it harder for wisconsinites to vote.
>>> and tonight we're talking politics with the fonz himself.
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