Ed Schultz On Donating To Obama: "If I Could, I Would"
On Friday's broadcast of HBO's "Real Time" with host Bill Maher, guest Ed Schultz, of MSNBC, had a back and forth with the host over donating to Obama's reelection effort.
Maher, if you recall, donated $1 million to the Super PAC affiliated with President Obama's campaign.
Schultz says he can't donate to Obama due to MSNBC's rules of ethics, noting he would get fired if he did so. "If I could, I would. Damn right I would," Schultz said.
Republican guest Susan del Percio joked he wouldn't be able to find another job under Obama, causing the audience to react in anger. Transcript below.
Ed Schultz, MSNBC: His timing is terrific, but he's going this way, Bill, because he has to. Because of Citizen's United he's not going to be able to raise the kind of money that they are going to throw at him, so the President brilliantly is using the bully pulpit --
Bill Maher: I've done my part, Ed. You've got more money than me Ed. Just saying.
Schultz: He is brilliantly putting them on the defensive. And he has --
Maher: I like how you side-stepped that one.
Schultz: You don't think he is?
Maher: No, I do. I think you should give some money. Anyway --
Schultz: They won't let me. I can't give money.
Maher: You can't give money.
Schultz: Where I work, I'm not allowed to give money. I can't give political money to anybody.
Maher: To even the Super PAC?
Schultz: Not even to the Super PAC. I can't give money. It's the standards of practice of where I work. If I could, I would. Damn right I would.
Maher: No, I believe you. That's right, I remember Keith Olbermann got in big trouble.
Schultz: He did.
Maher: He just gave like a couple --
Schultz: I'm trying to keep my job.
Susan del Percio: Because you can't find another one under Obama.