Keith Ellison urges Barack Obama to visit Wisconsin
Laurence O'Donnell interviews Keith Ellison.
President Barack Obama shouldn't just voice his support for public employee unions, he "should come to Wisconsin and stand with the workers," if he knows what's good for him, Rep. Keith Ellison said last night on MSNBC.
The president has already accused Wisconsin Republicans of launching an "assault" on public employee unions there, with a bill to strip union members of their collective bargaining rights.
Gov. Scott Walker, embarrassed yesterday that he got punk'd into revealing his union-busting strategy, is threatening to start firing state workers if Senate Democrats don't return to Madison and vote on the bill.
Laurence O'Donnell: Would you like to hear more about from President Obama? I mean, I believe his silence is all about presidential politics. He needs to win in Wisconsin. He won it once before. He has seen Republicans come in and win that state since he won it. And it seems to me he's just waiting to see which way the wind blows in Wisconsin.
Keith Ellison: The fact is that he has made some statements. He should get credit for that. We would like to hear more statements. I think President Obama should come to Wisconsin and stand with the workers. I tell you, the fact is working people are going to be pounding for him in a few years.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the divide, Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty have both sided with Walker. T-Paw was on Fox News last night calling the Democrats on the lam a bunch of "ninnies" who ought to go home and do their jobs.
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