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Join Hardball exclusively at 7 p.m. ET starting Aug. 26

Let me finish tonight with this.

Let me finish tonight with this.

I want to conclude the show tonight with a big "ask."

Starting next Monday, Hardball, this show of my dreams, is going to be on at 7 p.m. ET.  That's every night Monday through Friday.

Not at 5 p.m. ET.

So what my big "ask" is that you adjust your evening ritual - and, believe me, I know it's a sweet time of day, to sharing company with me at 7 o'clock.  It's going to be our hour, our one hour to share our points of view on what's happening in this country.

I know, from experience, and from the political world in which I've lived, the importance of asking.  You ask to borrow the car.  You ask a girl for a date?   You ask someone to marry you.

You ask.

So now I'm asking:

I'd really appreciate it - after all these years - for you to share your time with me - starting as soon as it's possible for you -- at 7 o'clock.  I'll have the news.  I'll have the analysis.  I'll have my attitude, my passion to make this a better country.  With you aboard - sharing your good time with me - we'll keep trying to get it right.

And, oh yeah: What I say to everyone who's kind enough to say hello when you bump into me in DC, New York, Philly or somewhere else I'm at: thanks for being part of this.