MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz addressed the crowd Saturday night at the Kosciusko County Democrats’ Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Photo by Daniel Riordan, Times-Union.
MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz addressed the crowd Saturday night at the Kosciusko County Democrats’ Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Photo by Daniel Riordan, Times-Union.
Citing the help of organized labor, Kosciusko County Democratic Chairman Terry Bartley said he was able to bring in MSNBC’s Ed Schultz for the democrats’ annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner Saturday night.

And with Schultz as the keynote speaker, nearly 300  people filled the 2517 restaurant in Warsaw.

With the amount raised through donations and ticket sales, Bartley said county democrats would be able to purchase a permanent building for their headquarters.

Schultz, who has a daily syndicated radio show and hosts MSNBC’s The Ed Show, spoke to the crowd for about 45 minutes.

Appearing with his wife, Wendy, Schultz began his speech asking if there were any Republicans in the crowd.

When seemingly everyone in the room pointed to State Representative Dave Wolkins, Schultz joked, “I’ll talk slow so you can understand.”

“We’re the ones that care about you after you’re born,” continued Schultz.

Schultz told those in attendance to keep fighting against the “lies and innuendo” from outlets like Fox News.

“We need to make sure our kids get the right message,” said Schultz. “I’m out to show Republicans that they don’t love this country as much as we do.”

Schultz said the talking point that Republicans love the United States more than liberals and progressives was offensive to him.

Schultz also defended President Barack Obama’s proposed shift of tax rates back to the era of President Bill Clinton.

Schultz explained that he recently bought a plane to travel around the country. By buying that he had the chance to take an $850,000 write-off on his taxes.

“I do not need a $850,000 write-off for a Citation jet I bought earlier this year,” said Schultz. “Money does funny things to people.”

Schultz also defended Obama in terms of spending.

“(Obama)’s offered up more cuts in spending than Johnson, Carter and Clinton combined,” said Schultz.

“He’s trying to move this country forward,” said Schultz of Obama.

“Wages are going down, expenses are going up. But Republicans are going to protect the top one percent,” said Schultz.

“If that’s not enough, they’re going to go after pensions and medicine,” said Schultz.

Schultz said he was frustrated that some Republican talking points weren’t challenged.

He pointed to the “bailout” of car companies.

“People keep calling it a ‘bailout.’ It wasn’t a bailout. It was a loan and they’re paying it back,” said Schultz.

“All they want to do is tear down our president,” said Schultz of Republicans. “All they want is power.”

Schultz also said race plays into it.

Citing that Republicans said they were going to “break” President Obama as an old term concerning slaves, Schultz said, “They’re racist and they don’t even know it.”

“No other president has had to operate in the environment our president has,” said Schultz.

Brendan Mullen, who is expected to earn the democratic nomination to take on Jackie Walorski for the 2nd congressional seat, also briefly addressed the crowd, as well as state democratic chairman Dan Parker.

Jim Robinson, director of District 7 for the United Steel Workers, gave a speech before Schultz urging Democrats to get out and talk to neighbors and let them know how important the 2012 election is.