A look back at 2007, Part Two: Our first year on the air

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Morning Joe first went on the air in the latter part of 2007, broadcasting from a studio in Secaucus, New Jersey. 2007 proved to be an interesting time to launch a new political talk show: an election was in the not-too-far-off distance and campaigns had already been out in full swing. As a show we’ve come a long way since those times in Secaucus, but let’s take a look back at some of our interviews from that year including a few with then-Senator Barack Obama from Illinois, President Jimmy Carter, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Ann Romney and the Who’s Roger Daltrey.

Mitt Romney

On November 13, 2007 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talked bout everything from health care, immigration to Iowa and New Hampshire.

“It’s wonderful how the mainstream media gets a bee in their bonnet,” he said about claims he was backing away from discussing his health care plan in Massachusetts. “I actually speak about my health care plan almost everywhere I go. I really am proud of what we accomplished, we found a way to get health insurance for every citizen in our state, and we did it without having to raise taxes and without having a government takeover of health care. It’s not socialized medicine; it is instead free market-based medicine, and I’m very proud of it.”

Ann Romney

On December 5, 2007, Morning Joe aired a sit-down interview with Ann Romney to discuss the importance of faith to her and her husband, American skepticism over voting for a Mormon candidate,

MIka Brzezinski: “To those who say Mitt Romney could never be elected president because he’s a Mormon, you say what?”

Ann Romney: “That’s not correct. I totally have complete faith in the American people that they are fair and good.”

Hillary Clinton

On December 17, 2007, then-Senator Hillary Clinton had just received an endorsement from the Iowa Des Moines Register, and she joined Morning Joe from Des Moines’ Drake Diner to discuss her campaign up to that moment.

Clinton: “There are no guarantees in either life or politics, and every day you’ve got to get up and do your best.”


A look back at 2007, Part Two: Our first year on the air

Updated