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Congresswoman, great to have you with us tonight.

REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D-FL), DNC CHAIRWOMAN: Thank you, Ed.

Great to be with you.

SCHULTZ: I get this feeling that Democrats want the election tomorrow. That this is just going too good, that every time Romney opens up his mouth, he sticks his foot in it.

Are Democrats are going to make this comments a focus of the next two
months?

WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Well, Ed, what these comments are, and when I heard and saw them, I really just felt incredible disappointment. I mean, disappointment in that you have a candidate for president of the United
States of America, from one of our two major parties, who essentially, very
easily and dismissively, wrote off half the country.

I mean, you know, what about the 20 million senior citizens who don`t pay income taxes? I mean, are they victims? What about our veterans?

What about middle class, hard-working families? It`s just -- it`s just incredibly disappointing.

And I`ll tell you, just a quick story. I was home in my district this morning, and I was in a supermarket. And I was ordering lunch.

And the woman on the other side of the counter recognized me. And she said, oh, my gosh, she said, what that man said -- she said, I`m not a victim. I mean, this is how deeply that has sunk in. That`s what I think the problem is.

SCHULTZ: I think it is sinking in. And Republicans in Senate and House races, as I said just a moment ago, are going to have to go home and answer to this. What do they think about this?

This is putting them in a real tough spot. Do you really think that this is going to affect races? Is this a real opening for the Democrats?

WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: You know, it`s not really surprising that these Republican candidates, for the Senate and for Congress, all across the country, are running as fast as they can away from Mitt Romney. I mean, he`s really, I think, made himself kind of radioactive.

And you know, we`ve got to remember that these candidates, you know, Dean Heller, the senator from Nevada who`s running for re-election, and Linda McMahon in Connecticut and Scott Brown in Massachusetts, they can say what they want, but the policies they`ve embraced are what`s important.

SCHULTZ: You know what I find amazing? Where`s the governor of New Jersey, who loves television cameras? Where are the surrogates --

WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Not rushing to Mitt Romney`s defense, is he?

SCHULTZ: Absolutely. And that`s a key point here. There`s nobody rushing to his defense, other than Rush Limbaugh.

Now, this story has brought, I think, attention back to Mitt Romney`s tax returns. Here`s what Harry Reid said today.

WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Definitely.

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SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV), MAJORITY LEADER: For all we know, Mitt Romney
could be one of those who paid no federal income tax. Thousands of families make more than $1 million pay nothing in federal income taxes each year. Is Mitt Romney among those? We`ll never know since he refuses to release his tax returns for the years before he was running for president.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

SCHULTZ: Do you think that this renews the pressure for Romney to release more returns? Or is just Harry Reid having fun with this whole thing?

WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: No, I agree with harry Reid. I mean, we`ve got a candidate for president, Mitt Romney, writing off half the country, and calling them victims and dependent on government, because supposedly, they don`t pay income taxes.

Well, they pay state and local taxes, property taxes, payroll taxes, and Mitt Romney, who has invested overseas in the Cayman Islands and has money in Swiss bank accounts, and in Bermuda, and won`t release anything more than a year and a partial year of his tax return, has the nerve to call half of America victims? It`s --

SCHULTZ: I think another key point in all of this, the man who hosted that fund-raiser back in May in Boca Raton has apologized to Mitt Romney, and it`s now out there, of course, everyone was told that this was for their consumption and not for the media. I mean, what you say behind closed doors is really who you are.

WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Well, I think that`s exactly. And what President Obama said last night and I know what I`ve said before is, you know, even when you don`t get the support of everyone, you know, 47 percent of Americans didn`t vote for President Obama.

SCHULTZ: Sure.

WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: But on election night, he said he was the president of everyone and was going to do his best and work hard to represent everyone in America. And apparently, Mitt Romney doesn`t feel the same way.

SCHULTZ: Congressman Debbie --

WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: And the truth was said behind closed doors in that
videotape.

SCHULTZ: All right. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida here on THE ED SHOW tonight -- thanks so much for joining us.

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