Will he or won’t he? All eyes are on Speaker John Boehner as he makes a last-ditch effort to corral his party and muster the 216 votes needed to pass his debt ceiling legislation. But even if he does, the deal’s dead-on-arrival in the Senate. Now’s the moment for Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to lead their divided party to a reasonable, bi-partisan solution to avert default. Will it happen tonight? NBC Political Director and host of “The Daily Rundown” Chuck Todd joins us tonight, with msnbc Political Analyst Alex Wagner. Plus, we’ll talk to Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) just before the vote for the latest from the Hill. Will Boehner’s bill pass in the House? Are Dems standing together against it? Stay with Hardball this evening as we track the story.
Then we’ll take a look at the strategy at play in the debt deal negotiations. How is the fight playing for President Obama? His approval rating is slipping among core supporters—so much that it could affect him in 2012. We’ll talk it over with msnbc Political Analyst and Fmr. RNC Chair Michael Steele and author and political commentator Ron Reagan. And democratic pollster Mark Penn joins us tonight to sift through the muck and tell us who’s winning this fight. The debt drama continues…and we’ll keep bringing you the latest. Tune in tonight!