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Brownback endorses McCain

11/08/07 05:45PM

Former Republican presidential candidate Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., talked to msnbc’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on his endorsement of Sen. John McCain for the presidency.  Below is a transcript.CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST, 'HARDBALL': Sen. Brownback, you ran a tough campaign.  You were in there for the longest time.  Now you are supporting one of the guys who survives you in this contest, John McCain.  Why him, among all your rivals, have you chosen him to endorse?  SEN. read more

What Biden needs to say

11/05/07 11:07PM

Read his suggested speech.Matthews spent 15 years in politics, working in the White House for four years under President Jimmy Carter as a Presidential speechwriter, as the top aide to Speaker of the House Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. for six years and in the U.S. Senate for five years on the staffs of Senator Frank Moss (Utah) and Senator Edmund Muskie (Maine). read more

What Hillary needs to say

11/01/07 08:33PM

Read his suggested speech.Matthews spent 15 years in politics, working in the White House for four years under President Jimmy Carter as a Presidential speechwriter, as the top aide to Speaker of the House Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. for six years and in the U.S. Senate for five years on the staffs of Senator Frank Moss (Utah) and Senator Edmund Muskie (Maine). read more

What Obama needs to say

10/29/07 08:01PM

Read his suggested speech.Matthews spent 15 years in politics, working in the White House for four years under President Jimmy Carter as a Presidential speechwriter, as the top aide to Speaker of the House Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. for six years and in the U.S. Senate for five years on the staffs of Senator Frank Moss (Utah) and Senator Edmund Muskie (Maine). read more

Will California receive the same help New Orleans did?

10/23/07 09:38PM

Lt. Gov. John Garamendi appeared Tuesday's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," saying he's "got some doubt about the value of President Bush coming out here" and "I just hope if he does come, he brings more than he brought to New Orleans."  CALIFORNIA LT. GOVERNOR JOHN GARAMENDI: I've got some doubt about the value of President Bush coming out here.  How many times did he go to New York or to New Orleans and still, made promises but hasn't delivered.  We have the Terminator out here, Gov. read more

Sen. Clinton: People can use some carrots

10/19/07 08:09PM

"Hardball" host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day's top political headlines. Hillary: Eat your carrots! Sen. Hillary Clinton commented on overeating today by saying: “People now eat all day long.  People walk down the street, they eat in their cars - they eat everywhere. I think we can use some carrots and maybe a few sticks to help people understand what they are doing to themselves."  Eat your carrots, America!Hillary’s “Help”The Los Angeles Times reports today that Hillary has raised unprecedented amounts of money from poor Chinatown residents. read more

GOP candidates attack each other

10/15/07 08:52PM

"Hardball" host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day's top political headlines.McCain rips Romney The Republicans are finally going at it. Mitt Romney is delivering the canned claim that he speaks for "the Republican wing of the Republican party;" a line he stole from Howard Dean who said he was from the "Democratic wing of the Democratic party." Sen. read more

Reflections on the 10 years of playing Hardball

10/05/07 08:38PM

Last night we had a great celebration here in Washington of ten years of 'Hardball.' We celebrated the wonders of the First Amendment and our freedom of the press which Americans of all political stripes treasure.I told the crowd that it hasn't always been easy these past ten years, that politicians don't like to be criticized, that in one case their efforts to silence critics, and to cover up those efforts, got a senior Cheney aide caught up in criminality, indeed, in a conviction for perjury and obstruction of justice.As my hero Eric Severaid once noted, we cannot always be right on the fact read more

Sen. Larry Craig says he will finish his term in the Senate

10/04/07 09:00PM

"Hardball" host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day's top political headlines.Craig staying in the Senate  Larry Craig looks like he's finished as a U.S. Senator - in 2009. After being denied a chance to change his guilty plea by that judge in Minnesota , Craig said "When my term has expired, I will retire and not seek reelection. I hope this provides the certainty Idaho needs and deserves." This means that Republicans will spend a full election year with Larry Craig actively engaged in their caucus. read more

Support continues to grow for Sen. Hillary Clinton

10/03/07 09:00PM

"Hardball" host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day's top political headlines.Teachers endorse HillaryToday Sen. Hillary Clinton won the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teachers unions in the country. It's a big boost from a powerful voting block. The Obama campaign saw this one coming, after Obama backed merit-based pay for teachers, which the union strongly opposes. McCain holds fireOn the Republican side, Sen. John McCain was all set to give a speech today at a military prep school, the Camden Military Academy in South Carolina, blasting Sen. read more

Pulling out all the stops for 2008

09/26/07 08:12PM

"Hardball" host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day's top political headlines.Obama has bucks, needs ballotsBarack Obama's campaign is saying it has 75,000 brand-new contributors which is almost as many people lining up with money as all the Republican candidates put together. However, Obama's biggest challenge is tonight. He has to take all that excitement and show it in the debate. He's the guy who has to put his mouth where his money is. Biden’s Iraq plan passes A couple of other Democrats just got some good news and some bad news. Today, the U.S. read more

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