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THE ED SHOW
December 24, 2013

Guest:

ED SCHULTZ, HOST: Good evening, Americans, and welcome to THE ED
SHOW. Let`s get to work.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SCHULTZ: Let`s go. Let`s go. Let`s get to work.

Let`s get to work.

One of the missions I had when I came to MSNBC was that President
Obama had just been elected. I wanted to do health care.

You need to pay attention to what`s happening in your backyard.

Fixing health care in this country is a moral obligation.

What is our heart and what is our soul as a country is what the next
generation is going to have to answer.

When we start picking and choosing neighborhoods of who`s going to get
the resources and who`s not going to get the resources, we will lose this
country.

We should be talking about infrastructure, investment, investment in
education, investment in workers and going round two on health care.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I want to repeal the
law of the land. Is that clear?

SCHULTZ: That we will not back down from that fight.

Liberals, that`s who we are. We care about our neighbors.

I have been very proud to do that.

Let`s get to work.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

SCHULTZ: Good to have you with us tonight. Thanks for joining us.

It has been an interesting year here THE ED SHOW. What time is it?
Is it the weekend? No, it`s 5:00. Son of a gun, how about that? Good to
be here with you.

Some things have not changed. I have never stopped and our team has
never stopped fighting for the issues that impact you and your family.
Every day, when our team comes to work and puts this broadcast together, we
think about what we call the four pillars of American life, health care,
jobs, education and equality.

This is what THE ED SHOW has always been about here at MSNBC, the
working men and women of America and how these four pillars affect you and
your family. That`s why our favorite interviews this year go beyond the
politicians and newsmakers.

They are the real people sharing their stories. So, as we look ahead
to 2014, let`s look back on 2013, the year in "Realview" with our top 10
interviews with folks just like you.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SCHULTZ: I`m joined now by two people whose lives have already been
greatly improved by the Affordable Health Care Act. Aqualyn Laury and also
Stacie Ritter, they join me tonight.

Aqualyn, can you just tell us your story? That`s what America wants
to hear. What does this law done for you?

AQUALYN LAURY, HELPED BY OBAMACARE: This law has truly saved me. As
a youth, as an 18-year-old, I fell very ill at our college, Belmont
College, had a stroke resulting in open heart surgery.

But from that point on, I became a preexisting condition.

STACIE RITTER, MOTHER: I believe that health care is a human right.
It`s not a privilege. Thanks to Obamacare, my daughters have access to
preventative care that they need as cancer survivors.

SCHULTZ: Now, there`s more on Detroit and I want to show you what`s
happening in the neighborhoods.

For more, let`s turn to a Detroit resident.

Lee Gaddies is in a neighborhood where perfectly nice homes are being
demolished in Lee`s neighborhood.

Lee, good to have you with us tonight. You called my radio show this
week. You said some very profound things.

LEE GADDIES, DETROIT HOMEOWNER: We have been fighting to try to
stabilize this neighborhood and keep residents in this area. The state of
Michigan`s Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives came to us and said
that they got grant money from the federal government to tear down blighted
and condemned homes, saying that they were going to meet with us to work on
finding houses that we deem that were blighted that needed to be torn down
and then we would work together in partnership to get that done.

SCHULTZ: Did that happen?

GADDIES: No. In the process of doing that, they came down and
actually started tearing down houses that people were renovating. This is
the corporate footprint of governance on Detroit. What you`re looking at
is a community that is fighting against a corporate takeover.

SCHULTZ: It is.

Melissa Tomlinson joins us tonight here on THE ED SHOW.

Ms. Tomlinson, I appreciate your time tonight. Your response to the
way the governor responded to you? Was it demeaning? How do you feel?
Now that you have had this exchange with the governor of New Jersey, who
has cut 6,000 teachers and a billion dollars out of the budget, claiming
that he is a big advocate of fixing public schools, you go back at him and
say that he`s blaming the teachers. Break it down for us.

MELISSA TOMLINSON, TEACHER: Districts all over our state are feeling
the pressure of trying to meet their budgetary needs. We have these new
Common Core state standards coming out which are absolutely draining our
budgets. They haven`t been validated. They haven`t been researched.

It`s starting to show that they are developmentally inappropriate.
The whole package that the educational system itself is being sold needs to
be analyzed.

SCHULTZ: How offended were you by the governor?

TOMLINSON: I was very taken aback. I wanted to get some points in
with him, wasn`t able to.

SCHULTZ: Joining me now is Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand
Action for Gun Sense in America.

SHANNON WATTS, FOUNDER, MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
We are not anti-gun. We`re not against the Second Amendment. We support
people who want to follow the Second Amendment. But it needs to be more
regulated.

That`s clear in the out-of-control gun violence epidemic we have in
the country. They don`t want us to talk about how we protect the eight
children and teens who are shot and killed in this country every day. This
has to happen and change will come.

SCHULTZ: A Toronto teen is leading the fight against GMOs.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Should we trust a company like Monsanto?

CROWD: No!

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We need as many people to stand up to these
biotechs and corporations as possible.

SCHULTZ: And we welcome tonight to THE ED SHOW Rachel Parent, a GMO
activist and founder of Kids` Right to Know.

Why is the risk of GMOs? If you could tell our audience, from what
you know of it, why is this bad for America?

RACHEL PARENT, FOUNDER, KIDS` RIGHT TO KNOW: Well, first of all,
there are many health risks, including allergies and even organ damage.
It`s funny that the corporations spend so much money on trying to avoid GMO
labeling, and the movement is getting bigger and bigger.

Sarah Slamen, women`s rights activist from Texas.

When this bill first passed, you said you considered leaving Texas.
You plan to stay there to fight, and what has been the response of women in
the state to this?

SARAH SLAMEN, WOMEN`S RIGHTS ACTIVIST: The people are exhausted. We
have done our part, and that`s why I join you in demanding reform of the
filibuster in the Senate. We cannot allow another generation to be saddled
with these 5-4 ideological votes. We need reform now. I read a really
encouraging article today that female senators are open to change.

Just because the Senate lives by 18th century laws does not mean that
the rest of the United States and that people in need of abortion should
live by 18th century laws. I think we hit the bottom in Texas when it
comes to the denial of health care access based on discriminatory standards
like race and sex. We have hit rock-bottom.

SCHULTZ: Let`s bring in John Connelly.

I want to ask you, what did Ted Cruz lie about on the Senate floor?

SEN. TED CRUZ (R), TEXAS: John Connelly thought he was on right track
in life. The son of a New Jersey auto mechanic, he was the first in his
family to go to college when he enrolled in Rutgers in 2009, but he still
doesn`t know what he will do when he graduates at the end of the semester.

Quote: "I kind of did everything I was `supposed` to be doing," he
says. The cost of a lost generation.

JOHN CONNELLY, MENTIONED IN SPEECH BY TED CRUZ: Kind of bizarre that
he`s blaming a law that was passed in 2010 on trends that go back well past
2007. A little over half of people my age, people 25 and under, are
actually employed full-time. And of those people, we have seen our wages
decrease. We`re facing stalled careers and at the same time we`re
straddling huge debt loads, mortgage-sized payments on houses that we can`t
afford.

SCHULTZ: So, how did it make you feel when you found out that the
senator from Texas, whom I understand you have never met and never had a
conversation with -- is that correct?

CONNELLY: Absolutely.

SCHULTZ: And how does he make that he used your story in an attempt
to defund Obamacare and distorted totally your situation?

CONNELLY: I feel like it was almost as if he told his office to go
out and find the worst example of the point he was trying to pull.

I, first off, only found out that I was mentioned in his speech as I
was on my way to an optometrist appointment that I could only go to because
I`m still covered under my father`s union-provided insurance, thanks to
Obamacare.

My little sister has preexisting conditions, would be unable to have
health insurance under the kind of free market dystopia that Ted Cruz would
like to push for. But she can have insurance under Obamacare. I am not
only an example of someone who isn`t being hurt by Obamacare being passed.
I`m someone whose family is directly benefiting.

SCHULTZ: Well, the next story I think is a perfect example of why
Republicans should leave Obamacare alone.

Dan Seco is a 26-year-old freelance sports writer. Now, this young
man has played by the rules his entire life. As soon as Dan turned 26
years old, he lost his health care. And as a freelance writer, let me tell
you, folks, you just can`t go around the corner and buy any kind of private
health insurance plan that you want. You just don`t make that kind of
money.

Then, after losing his health care at the age of 26, just a few months
after that, through no fault of his own, Dan was diagnosed with non-
Hodgkin`s lymphoma back in February. So, now, where is Dan? Well, he`s
facing the monumental task of figuring out how in the world he`s going to
pay for cancer treatment so he can have a chance at a long life.

Let me bring in Dan Seco himself. Let me introduce you to this
gentleman.

Dan.

DAN SECO, CANCER SUFFERER: How are you doing, Ed?

SCHULTZ: What do you want America to know?

SECO: Well, I mean, it`s not fair for people to have to live with
something like cancer or diabetes and not get the treatment that they need
just because they can`t get insurance, or if they want to pay out-of-
pocket, go into debt, millions and millions of dollars.

For me, I`m lucky. I have had friends and family to help me raise
money and get through what I have had to deal with over the past seven
months. But there are people less fortunate than myself that, because of
health care, or lack thereof...

SCHULTZ: And so now, with Obamacare kicking in, what are you going to
be able to do?

SECO: Well, I`m going to be able to get health insurance with my
preexisting condition.

SCHULTZ: And is that a life-changer for you?

SECO: Oh, absolutely. That`s without question.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

SCHULTZ: Don`t go away. "Realview 2013" continues next.

Plus, we will bring you our favorite moments on the road.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SCHULTZ: This isn`t right. This isn`t left. This is fairness. The
political conservative movement in America understands one thing, power.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The perception that we`re the party of the rich
unfortunately continues to grow.

MITT ROMNEY (R), FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: There are 47 percent
who are with him who are dependent upon government, who believe that they
are victims.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That`s frustrating.

SCHULTZ: They play for power and not the people. That`s their world,
but that`s not the real America. That`s not the real America.

New York City, here we come. Let`s get to work.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

SCHULTZ: Welcome back to THE ED SHOW.

2013 was a year when real Americans made, I think, a huge difference.

Our next great American changed the course of the 2012 presidential
campaign in a major way. Scott Prouty was a working-class bartender in
Florida before he jumped into the national spotlight. Prouty was the man
who taped the infamous Mitt Romney 47 percent fund-raiser.

After his tape became public, Prouty went underground to protect
himself and his girlfriend. Prouty reached out to THE ED SHOW when I was
in Washington, D.C., on the eve of President Obama`s second inauguration.

Prouty told me that he wanted to reveal his identity on our show.
Then, in March of 2013, THE ED SHOW revealed the biggest mystery of the
2012 campaign.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Big morning in politics here.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A political earthquake in the presidential race.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Romney says President Obama`s base of voters
believe they are victims.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Could be potential could be a potential game
changer.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was the recording that ignited a media
firestorm.

ROMNEY: I understand that there`s a video that`s been on the
Internet.

SCHULTZ: The secret video that began a political collapse.

ROMNEY: In this case, I said something that is just completely wrong.

SCHULTZ: For first time, you will find out all of the details. What
was it like in the room? What did Mitt Romney say that was so offensive?
And who shot the secret video that changed the course of history?

SCHULTZ: What is your name and what are you all about?

SCOTT PROUTY, 47 PERCENT VIDEOGRAPHER: My name is Scott Prouty. I`m
a regular guy, middle-class, hardworking guy.

You know, I think -- I`d like to think I have a good moral compass and
a core. And I think I have a little bit of empathy. I think I have a
little more empathy than Mitt Romney had.

I don`t know how I would describe myself, but I -- I was behind this
whole thing. I was bartending that night for the Romney fund-raiser.

SCHULTZ: Let`s talk about May 17. What happened that day?

PROUTY: We got there. You know, it was a -- you know, a political
fund-raiser. We did our usual thing. We set up. And, you know, it went
off without a hitch.

I work high-end parties from all over just for extra money. And, you
know, it was really just another -- another typical party that I have done
plenty of them just like it.

SCHULTZ: Did you know you were going to record him?

PROUTY: You know, I did -- I brought the camera. A lot of other
people brought cameras, you know, like I said for thinking that he would
come back and take pictures. Clinton in the past had come back with the
staff and taken pictures.

And that was really my thought. You know, I hadn`t really made up my
mind. You know, I was willing to listen to what he had to say. I was
interested to hear what he had to say.

But, you know, I hadn`t -- I didn`t go there with a grudge, you know,
against Romney. I was more interested as a voter.

SCHULTZ: This next clip we have is really an attention-grabber. I
understand it was for you. He`s talking about being lucky, being born with
a silver spoon. And then he transitions to talking about China, which
really caught your attention. Here it is.

ROMNEY: When I was back in my private equity days, we went to China
to buy a factory there, employed about 20,000 people. And they were almost
all young women between the ages of about 18 and 22 or 23.

They were saving for potentially becoming married. And they work in
these huge factories. They made various small appliances. And as we were
walking through this facility, seeing them work the number of hours they
work a day, the pittance they earned, living in dormitories with little
bathrooms at the end with maybe 10 rooms.

And the rooms, they had 12 girls per room, three bunk beds on top of
each other. You`ve seen them. And around this factory was a fence, a huge
fence with barbed wire and guard towers. And we said, "Gosh, I can`t
believe that you keep the girls in."

They said, "No, no, no, this is to keep other people from coming in
because people want so badly to come work in this factory that we have to
keep them out, or they`ll just come in here and start working and try and
get compensated. So, we -- this is to keep people out."

SCHULTZ: So, at this point, you wanted to make sure you got what he
was saying.

(CROSSTALK)

SCHULTZ: That wasn`t your intention when you started, but as it
unfolded, you now were some taking measures to protect the recording.

PROUTY: Yes. I wanted to make sure that it wasn`t -- I had a Secret
Service agent behind me. And, you know, number one, we were never told
that this was a secret meeting or private meeting or don`t bring cameras.

There was plenty of people in the room with cameras. There was a
reception area and people were taking video. There was a videographer
there with her camera and tripod. There was a microphone and a sound man
and there was 70 people in the room, and it was never said to us, don`t
bring cameras.

But, you know, at this point, I realized that this was not your
typical speech.

SCHULTZ: So, this was the clip that motivated you to go public?

PROUTY: One hundred percent, absolutely.

SCHULTZ: All right.

Let`s look at the 47 percent comment, which you admit and I think we
all know, got the most play out of all of this.

ROMNEY: There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the
president no matter what.

All right, there are 47 percent who are with him who are dependent
upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the
government has the responsibility to care for them, who believe that
they`re entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.

SCHULTZ: What was your response, initially?

PROUTY: You know, I knew where he came from. He was born with all
the advantages -- you know, advantages that few people have, the son of a
governor, CEO, you know, prep school-educated, Harvard-educated, you know?

And I don`t think he has any clue what a regular American goes through
on a daily basis. I don`t think he has any idea what a single mom, you
know, taking a bus to work, dropping her kid off at the day care that she
can barely afford, hopping on another bus -- you know, the day-in/day-out
struggles of everyday Americans. That guy has no idea, no idea.

Like, I don`t think he`ll ever have an idea.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

SCHULTZ: Still ahead, our favorite interview of the year. If you
haven`t already fallen in love with this young star on the rise, you will.

Plus, I will take you jetting across the country.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SCHULTZ: Going around America is a big part of telling the story.

We should be talking about infrastructure investment.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: A thriving, rising
middle class.

SCHULTZ: Investment in education.

OBAMA: A dynamic, cutting-edge economy.

SCHULTZ: And going in round two on health care.

I`m going back with a serious note, kind of an edge.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

SCHULTZ: We will bring you the top interview of the year coming up,
but, first, this year, we logged more than 200,000 miles from coast to
coast and across the pond. Now here`s some of the highlights of our
travels of 2013.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

AUDIENCE: We want Ed! We want Ed! We want Ed!

SCHULTZ: You know what? We`re going back to work.

Live from Minneapolis.

Live from Miami, Florida.

Live from Seattle, Washington.

Live from the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Live from Washington, D.C.

It has been an eventful day in Washington, D.C.,

Had a very enthusiast crowd all day long.

A day of reflection.

I`m a product of forced busing for racial equality. I take you back
to the `70s, where diversity was a word that was foreign to America, but it
was the future.

A reminder to all of us where, we have come a long way, we still have
a long way to go.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have got to get our young people involved,
and I hope that they have absorbed the spirit.

SCHULTZ: The dream can only be realized if we pay attention to what`s
going on in our own backyard.

Isn`t it amazing that Dr. King was talking about voting rights 50
years ago, and now today, we`re right back there.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right back where we started.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So, my mother and father fought this fight 50
years ago, and my daughter is going to have to fight it in the future.

SCHULTZ: Stand tall in your community. Fight for diversity.
Understand its strength.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think, in New Orleans in particular, we`re not
preparing not just here, but over -- all over this country -- we`re not
preparing our kids for 21st century jobs in the future, STEM jobs.
Everyone has this, and we want our kids to go to college. But the reality
is, not every kid is going to go to college. So, what are the
opportunities and choices that we`re providing to them?

SCHULTZ: Now, if you`re a conservative, the world is pretty good.
Corporate profits are where we want them. We`re depressing voting rights.
We have got minorities right where we wanted. We`re not investing in our
communities.

REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH), SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: Hell no you can`t!

SCHULTZ: We have got to make sure that we give more money to the
wealthiest Americans. That`s what Mitt Romney ran on.

ROMNEY: Corporations are people, my friend.

SCHULTZ: Well, Mitt Romney was defeated, so their plan now is to
defeat President Obama and stop everything.

I will make the case to you that is not where America is, that these
folks care about their communities, they care about their schools, they
care about the future, and they care about what kind of country they are
going to leave their kids.

But maybe I`m wrong. Let`s hear from them.

Your thoughts on what is going on in America right now?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We need to put people back to work. We need to
decrease the student loan. The student loan hike is a disgrace. And we
need to make sure that we extend the voters` right for all minorities.

SCHULTZ: Do you agree with that, folks?

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

SCHULTZ: I did a town hall radio meeting in Birmingham, Alabama,
because I wanted to hear what the people have to say. It all started in
Alabama with Dr. King.

And after speaking to the people of Jefferson County, there is no
doubt racism is alive and well in the South. And I think it`s growing.

This is what an Alabama public school teacher came to the microphone
and said.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I have been a part of public education since
1970, when the schools were first integrated.

I see more hatred in the South now than I ever saw in 1970. And I
will tell you why. It`s being preached in the pulpits. It`s in the white
churches. They are teaching people that if you vote anything but
Republican, you`re going to hell, pretty much.

SCHULTZ: Oh, Mr. O`Reilly, couldn`t you have used that sound bite?
Well, no, you know a heck of a lot more. It`s all stereotyping, isn`t it?

Is it going to be jumping into a spitfire to save London?

All of things that made America great, equal rights, civil rights,
workers` rights, women`s rights now under attack by the conservative
movement in our country.

I enjoyed a lot of things in London. It was fun. And they want to
hear from a liberal and the perspective of a liberal in American politics.

Interesting questions from the folks at Oxford. As one Brit said to
me, "It appears that the gentleman from Texas seems to be causing quite a
bit of difficulty as of late."

I couldn`t disagree with that at all.

REP. MICHELE BACHMANN (R), MINNESOTA: And so it reminds me of the
Shakespeare line, thou protesteth too much.

SCHULTZ: The state of Florida is no doubt a hotbed of important
issues that have national implications.

Governor Crist, good to have you with us on THE ED SHOW.

Are you confident, if you`re governor, if you were to set up a state
exchange, that it would be as successful as Kentucky, Rhode Island,
California, New York? Would Florida and would you resource it properly to
make sure that it would be beneficial to all of these people?

CHARLIE CRIST (I), FORMER FLORIDA GOVERNOR: Absolutely.

And you know, you mentioned Kentucky specifically. And Governor
Beshear there has done, I think, a great job.

SCHULTZ: Two senators from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, who heads up
the Republicans in the Senate, and Rand Paul, who wants to be the president
of the United States, these two senators have been the biggest obstructers
and biggest bad-mouthers of Obamacare anywhere in the country.

But look what`s happening in their own backyard.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Kentucky is leading the way in health care reform.

Over the course of the next year or two, you are going to have a very
big success for affordable health coverage in this whole country.

SCHULTZ: THE ED SHOW team was on the ground in Virginia this weekend,
ahead of the one of the most important governor`s races of the past decade.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We need Terry McAuliffe in the governor`s
mansion. We absolutely have to have him.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We hope to never hear the name Cuccinelli again
after Tuesday.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Going to get up, got to get out here and cast our
vote.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We`re looking out for his future and want to
make sure that it`s a society that we want him to grow up in.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ed is the working man`s friend, and God bless him.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

SCHULTZ: Next up: our favorite interview of the year. We love him.
Social media loves this kid. He`s a 10-year-old political rising star.

Asean Johnson is next.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ASEAN JOHNSON, ACTIVIST: Believe in yourself and fight for what you
believe in, because you`re never too young or too old to listen, and you`re
never too young and never too old to do something.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JOHNSON: We are black, and we are proud. We are white, and we are
proud. No matter what the color is, no matter if you`re Asian, Chinese, it
doesn`t matter. You shouldn`t be closing these schools without walking
into them, seeing what`s happening in these schools.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

SCHULTZ: Welcome back to THE ED SHOW.

When I first saw that videotape, I went, wow, we got to get that kid
on TV, 10-year-old Asean Johnson, Chicago public school advocate, speaking
his peace.

In 2013, THE ED SHOW got to know this gentleman, his brother Chris
(ph) and his wonderful mother, Shoneice, who is also a public school
advocate and worker in Chicago.

Asean and his family joined us down at the Essence Festival in New
Orleans, Louisiana, was also involved in the March on Washington, and, of
course, was also right here in our studios in New York City.

Asean is so much more than a political activist. Asean plays
football, basketball, Xbox, like millions of other kids around America.
But you know what? I have never met a young man who was more determined to
speak out for racial and economic justice at the age of 10 years old. He`s
a phenomenal kid.

This makes Asean Johnson our top real person in 2013.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SCHULTZ: One 9-year-old student at a rally had no problem giving
mayor Rahm Emanuel a piece of his mind.

JOHNSON: Rahm Emanuel thinks that we all are toys. He thinks that he
can just come into our schools and move all our kids, all over gang lines
and just say, "Let`s take this school out; we don`t care about these kids."

They need safety.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

JOHNSON: Rahm Emanuel does not care about our schools. He`s not
caring about our safety. He only cares about his kids. He only cares
about what he needs. He do not care about nobody else but himself.

You should be investing in these schools, not closing them. You
should be supporting these schools, not closing them.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

JOHNSON: This is racism right here.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

JOHNSON: This is racism.

We are black, and we are proud. We are white, and we are proud. No
matter what the color is, no matter if you`re Asian, Chinese, it doesn`t
matter. You shouldn`t be closing these schools without walking into them,
seeing what`s happening in these schools.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

SCHULTZ: Well, Asean Johnson got the attention of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
You see, his school avoided closure at the very last minute, but 50 other
schools weren`t so lucky.

SCHULTZ: Asean, tell us, what motivated you to do that that day?

JOHNSON: Well, we just came off of a three-day march before the
school closings were happening, before the vote was in.

And I felt like I needed to come straight to Rahm Emanuel and tell him
that he should not be closing these schools without looking into them,
himself, and seeing how good they are.

And how would you -- why would you close all these schools if you can
-- if CPS knows everything and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, they know everything,
and you`re saying there underperforming and they don`t have no resources,
why didn`t you give to them in the first place so they can have those
resources and they can be a succeeding school?

SCHULTZ: Asean, do you think Rahm Emanuel got your message?

JOHNSON: Well, yes, but he`s still is not listening to the kids or
the teachers.

He`s still not listening to them. We -- no matter how big we make a
difference, we all need to come together as united as one, so he can hear
the message and everybody in Chicago -- well, everyone that`s getting
school closing,s you need to come together as a unity to stop those school
closings, wherever you`re at.

SCHULTZ: Well, what does it mean when you close a school in a
community and force kids to go somewhere else? You made a comment in front
of a crowd, you either want to build prisons or you want to build schools,
correct? Tell us about that.

JOHNSON: Well, you`re basically saying, if you take the school down,
you`re building more prisons, because when you take the school down, you`re
make sure you`re going to build more prisons, because they need that public
education in order to have -- to know wrong from right.

You can have that conscience, but you just might not listen to it. So
it`s for the kids and the children to listen to your conscience, but not
only your conscience, but to your parents, your teachers, make sure that
you have mostly everything that you`re -- because if you get in gang
violence, you can get shot down. There`s a lot of possibilities that can
happen.

I have a dream. I`m marching for education, justice and freedom. I
encourage all of you to keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.`s dream alive.

SCHULTZ: Congratulations. Fifty years, John Lewis was 23 years old,
the congressman. He was the youngest person ever to speak at the rally,
and now you have that dubious distinction. And you had a lot to say.
Asean, congratulations.

What was it like standing in front of there in front of the Mall in
front all of these folks?

JOHNSON: I felt pretty proud of myself just to know that I -- I have
changed the world and I have made a big difference in my life.

SCHULTZ: Well, it has made a big difference.

Where do you get the guts at a young age to speak up at the age of 9
years old, getting up there and telling it like it is?

Well, I really think I get it from my parents and great-grandfather,
because he was at that march when Dr. Martin Luther King spoke. And so I
felt really proud just to know that my grandfather was here 50 years ago,
and now I`m here 50 years later.

I have a dream.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

SCHULTZ: Up next: our favorite trenders of 2013.

Plus, forget the scripts. We`re doing it live -- a look at the show
uncensored. Stay with us.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SCHULTZ: He`s a dancing machine.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

SCHULTZ: Every day, THE ED SHOW social media nation weighs in on the
stories of the day and we love hearing from you. So, we keep it real, and
so you keep it coming in the social media.

This is where you can find us and this is where you can find me on the
radio. We have compiled the best of the best. So, here`s what you decided
and we reported, this year`s top trenders voted on by you.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SCHULTZ: Washington Wizards.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In "The Wizard of Oz," there is a great line.

JUDY GARLAND, ACTRESS: I have a feeling we`re not in Kansas anymore.

SCHULTZ: Sebelius deals with a blizzard of Oz, comments at today`s
hearing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, Madam Secretary, while you`re from Kansas,
we`re not in Kansas anymore.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS: I will get you, my pretty, and your little dog
too.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: People went to see the wizard because of the
wonderful things that he did.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The great Oz has spoken.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Some might say that we`re actually in "Wizard of
Oz" land, given the parallel universes we appear to be habitating.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS: Be gone, before somebody drops a house on you
too.

JOHN OLIVER, HOST, "THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART": It`s Carlos
Danger.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Do you still feel you can pull this out? What
are your chances of winning?

ANTHONY WEINER (D), NEW YORK MAYORAL CANDIDATE: They are good. My
intention is to win tomorrow.

SCHULTZ: The mayoral candidate doesn`t think voters will leave him
hanging.

WEINER: I have had a lot of headwinds in this campaign. I was the
underdog from the moment I got in. I know you have a fascination about
making this a soap opera.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS: Yes.

WEINER: For citizens of the city of New York, a lot of them wanted
this to be about the issues of the campaign. Voters get to decide these
things.

SCHULTZ: It`s a girl.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We also got a very good luck at her cub, and I`m
happy to report that she is absolutely beautiful. It`s got a fat little
belly. It`s very active. It`s very vocal.

SCHULTZ: The D.C. Zoo has more details about its newest member.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m standing in front of Tian Tian, one of two
pandas who could be the father.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We know that the father is Tian Tian.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You are the father.

SCHULTZ (singing): Oh, Canada.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stunned the city. The
mayor did indeed spoke crack cocaine.

PHIL HARTMAN, ACTOR: Crack, ice, boom, pow.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Calls for him to step aside and take a leave of
absence grow louder.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS: Crack is whack.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I believe that the mayor should step aside.

SCHULTZ: The mayor of Toronto won`t crack under pressure to resign.

ROB FORD, MAYOR OF TORONTO, CANADA: I embarrassed everyone in the
city, and I will be forever sorry.

CHRIS FARLEY, ACTOR: You`re going to end up eating a steady diet of
government cheese and living in a van down by the river.

FORD: I know what I did was wrong.

FARLEY: How can we get back on the right track?

FORD: For the sake of the taxpayers much this great city, we must get
back to work.

SCHULTZ: "Sharknado" strikes.

BRIAN WILLIAMS, ANCHOR, "NBC NIGHTLY NEWS": "Sharknado," as in what
happens when you combine sharks with a tornado.

ROY SCHEIDER, ACTOR: You`re going to need a bigger boat.

SCHULTZ: Social media jumped on the "Sharknado" bandwagon.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Facebook was wild with you, 5,000 tweets a minute.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have created a "Sharknado" moment.

SCHULTZ: Now it`s headed for the Big Apple.

Pork politics.

STEPHEN COLBERT, HOST, "THE COLBERT REPORT": Check out the latest
dust-up from the Republican rumble between Chris Christie and Rand Paulie.

SCHULTZ: Two GOP favorites squeal over spending.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: Oh, dear.

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE (R), NEW JERSEY: If Senator Paul wants to start
looking at where he`s going to cut spending to afford defense, maybe he
should start looking at cutting the pork barrel spending that he brings
home to Kentucky, because most Washington politicians only care about
bringing home the bacon.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: Bacon.

SEN. RAND PAUL (R), KENTUCKY: This is the king of bacon talking about
bacon.

DAN CASTELLANETA, ACTOR: Unexplained bacon.

PAUL: It`s just not true. I don`t vote to bring home any bacon.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I never feel like I get enough bacon.

SCHULTZ: Will cooler heads prevail over a few cool ones?

PAUL: If we can sit down, I`m inviting him for a beer.

CHRISTIE: Yes, I don`t really have time for that at the moment.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: Oh, dear.

SCHULTZ: More trash talk.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST, "HANNITY": Eddie Schultz is back.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, ACTOR: I`m back.

SCHULTZ: The fact Republicans want to use the debt limit to take away
your health care is downright dangerous.

HANNITY: He`s frothing at the mouth about treasonous John Boehner.

SCHULTZ: Hannity targets me over treason.

The word is treason, the treasonous John Boehner.

They will shut down the government and they will not pay the bills to
get their way.

HANNITY: Wonder what Williams and Brokaw and Lauer think of this
knucklehead.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What he`s saying is if believe in privatization,
that`s treason. I have got to tell you this, Sean. That`s what Karl Marx
believed.

SCHULTZ: Going solo.

REP. MARSHA BLACKBURN (R), TENNESSEE: We live in a country where if
you want to drink out of a red Solo cup, or if you want to drink out of a
crystal stem, you have the opportunity to do that.

SCHULTZ: Marsha Blackburn`s cup runneth over with scare tactics.

BLACKBURN: What`s the next thing going to be? You can`t buy that
Solo cup?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: Only you, Red, will do for this fellow.

BLACKBURN: You can`t buy an inexpensive blouse?

STEVE CARELL, ACTOR: Where did you get those clothes? At the toilet
store?

BLACKBURN: You can`t buy a pair of shoes that cost less than another
pair?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: These shoes are $300.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: Let`s get him.

BLACKBURN: Come on. This is absolutely ridiculous.

SCHULTZ: End zone.

BACHMANN: As I look at the ends time Scripture, this says to me that
the leaf is on the fig tree.

SCHULTZ: Michele Bachmann lies about Syria.

BACHMANN: President Obama waived a ban on arming terrorists in order
to allow weapons to go to the Syrian opposition. U.S. taxpayers are now
paying to give arms to terrorists, including al Qaeda.

SCHULTZ: And predicts apocalypse.

BACHMANN: And we are to understand the signs of the times.

BILL MURRAY, ACTOR: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical
proportions.

BACHMANN: We need to rejoice, Maranatha, come lord Jesus. His day is
at hand.

DAN AYKROYD, ACTOR: Old Testament, yes, Mayor, real wrath of God-type
stuff.

BACHMANN: When we see up is down and right is called wrong.

MURRAY: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats, living together, mass
hysteria!

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SCHULTZ: Up next, our producers bring you their favorite unscripted
Ed moments on THE ED SHOW.

But, first, 2013 gave us the rise of Ted Cruz and some ED SHOW
graphics gold. Here`s what we are calling "Cruzapalooza."

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SCHULTZ: Here comes Ted Cruz.

SEN. TED CRUZ (R), TEXAS: So I got to pick "Green Eggs and Ham." And
I love this story, so I`m going read it to you.

SCHULTZ: Canadian Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

CRUZ: I do not like them here or there. I do not like them anywhere.

SCHULTZ: Fringe Canadian Senator Ted Cruz.

CRUZ: Eat them, eat them, here they are.

SCHULTZ: Wacko bird Senator from Texas Ted Cruz.

CRUZ: Do you like green eggs and ham? I do not like them, Sam I Am.
I do not like green eggs and ham.

SCHULTZ: Canadian Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

CRUZ: I do so like green eggs and ham. Thank you, thank you, Sam I
am.

SCHULTZ: Canadian-born senator from Texas Ted Cruz.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

SCHULTZ: I want you to know that we have a wonderful team of segment
producers. I have got a lot of respect for them. I mean, think about
that, having to write for me when I go off on a tangent.

Here on THE ED SHOW, who -- these producers help me craft, I believe,
what are some real killer shows that cut to the issues. However, folks,
this is live television. And, oftentimes, I kind of get them a little bit
nervous when I just start following my heart and it just takes off.

Here`s a look at THE ED SHOW unscripted 2013.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SCHULTZ: He is a dancing machine.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We just put you on television dancing.

(LAUGHTER)

SCHULTZ: Since we have this theme tonight of talking about
negotiation, I thought maybe I could negotiate with Mike Rowe because you
know what? I think he is the perfect independent that the Democrats have
to win over.

He`s got the working man hat. He`s got the sweatshirt. He is the
perfect independent that we have to convince that it`s their fault. It`s
these the guys who don`t like the middle class.

MIKE ROWE, "DIRTY JOBS": And everybody trying to figure out exactly
what cap to wear. What team are you on?

SCHULTZ: I do believe it spooks. I do, I do, I do, I do, I do.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

SCHULTZ: I`m going to give you a little bit too much information
tonight. The five years that we have been living in New York, I found this
store down in SoHo, and I just love these shoes.

You know, I can wear them kind of dressy. They`re comfortable, and
they`re casual. It`s all rolled into one. I bought about 10 pairs of
these things. I`m going to buy another pair of shoes just like these.

One final question about tourism. Do you think that overweight
redheaded broadcasters who love to fish should get a free fishing license
for maybe a weekend?

CRIST: Yes, absolutely. I think you qualify for that, no doubt, and-
ex quarterbacks, too, like us.

SCHULTZ: Let`s go. here we go.

(SINGING)

(END VIDEOTAPE)

SCHULTZ: And that`s THE ED SHOW. I`m Ed Schultz.

I will see you back here when we all get to work in 2014.

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY
BE UPDATED.
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