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Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:1032
Posts / Week:6.3
Archived Since:June 14, 2011

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Welch defends accusation against Labor Dept., but says he has no evidence

Chris asks Jack Welch why he’s pushing the charge that today’s unemployment report was rigged. Watch Hardball at 7 p.m. ET.

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October Jobs Report The new jobs numbers are out: Unemployment fell to 7.8 percent but the economy only added 114,000 new jobs -- in line with analysts' low expectations. Certainly, the symbolism of being below 8 percent should take some of the edge off Obama's struggles at this …

Matthews: Obama missed key opportunities at first debate

Let me finish tonight with last night's disaster. You get nowhere in life by not realizing what's done is done. President Obama was not prepared for his huge debate with Governor Romney. This isn't about left, right, good, or bad. It's about coming to work to work.

Obama debate performance leaves supporters disappointed

Why did President Obama not show up at last night’s debate? And how can he undo the damage from last night? Chris asks Ed Rendell and Ron Reagan. Watch Hardball at 7 p.m. ET.

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The first of three presidential debates took place last night at the University of Denver, and two impersonators who looked very much like President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney engaged in a substantive, zinger-free discussion about domestic policy. Surely, it w …

Matthews: Look for the candidate with motive, passion, spontaneity

Let me finish with what I want you all to look for tonight. Look for motive. Why's he out there? What's he really want to do as president? And who for? Why does he think he should be president at this time in our history? Look for passion. What turns this guy on? America? …

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Debate Night! It all comes down to this: With President Obama holding a stable lead in the presidential race, tonight's debate provides Mitt Romney with one of his last chances to change the trajectory of the campaign. The debate - moderated by Jim Lehrer - begins at 9pm ET and M …

Matthews: Let me finish tonight with the four Great Debates…

Let me finish tonight with this. Jack Kennedy was deadly serious about his four Great Debates with Richard Nixon. A week before the first, he arranged a secret meeting with CBS's Don Hewitt, who he knew would be directing the broadcast. Kennedy wanted a heads-up on the set …

Mitt, the flip-flopper

Mitt Romney has another Etch a Sketch moment. Chris talks to Ron Reagan and Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress. Watch Hardball at 7 p.m. ET.

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One Day To Go... Can Romney Change the Race? David Brooks writes what he thinks Mitt Romney should say in his opening statement in tomorrow's debate. The New York Times reports on how Mitt Romney enhanced his wealth by putting it in offshore bank accounts. A new Qui …

Matthews on debates: 'You really don't know how the battle's going to go'

Let me finish tonight with this incredibly exciting debate coming up the night after tomorrow. I know from experience how many of us watch these debates. We watch them with people of similar mind and decide that our guy won. We then cry out in utter surprise when we hear people …

Obama leads in polls, Romney prepares zingers as debate nears

Why can’t Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan get specific about their plans for America? Will President Obama force Romney to give some details at this week’s debate? Chris asks Bob Shrum and Joan Walsh. Watch Hardball at 7 p.m. ET.

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Welcome to Debate Week! Mitt Romney is trailing in the polls heading into the first presidential debate this Wednesday in Denver. And this may be the last chance Romney has to change the course of the campaign. Our colleague John Harwood makes the case that - historically - only …

Matthews: First presidential debate will be an important fight

Let me finish tonight with next week's first debate in Denver. I'll be out there to watch the two of them go at it. I have no real idea what to expect. I think Romney will take some hard shots; he may spend the whole 90 minutes blasting away at the President, serving him wi …

Has the election become about Romney vs. Ryan?

It may have been Mitt Romney’s biggest mistake: Making Paul Ryan his running mate. Chris talks to Howard Fineman and Joy-Ann Reid. Watch Hardball at 7 p.m. ET.

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The cost of being vague: Mitt Romney hasn't given a lot of specifics about what he'd do as president, so the Obama campaign is happy to fill in the blanks. But Republicans say much of what the Obama team is saying about Romney's plans are false. Expect to see Romney try to correc …

Let me finish with the real-life consequences of voter ID laws...

Let me finish with the real-life consequence of this bad voter photo law in Pennsylvania. My high school English teacher, Gerald Tremblay, has been caring for his wife these recent years. She suffered a serious stroke and has been unable to get out and about. She can no l …

What's going on with the Romney campaign?

Mitt Romney doesn’t seem able to figure out who he’s supposed to be in this presidential campaign. Chris talks to John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Watch Hardball at 7 p.m. ET.

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Democrats are feeling more optimistic about their chances of victory on Election Day, and wealthy Democrats are finally opening up their deep pockets to left-leaning Super PACs. Polls showing President Obama pulling away in Ohio make Mitt Romney's path to victory very slim …

Matthews to Democrats: 'Now is the time to rebuild'

Let me finish tonight with this. It seems the Democratic Party has an opportunity to grow after this election. I know that most of the focus is the change that's being made in the Republican Party—how it's moving inexorably from a center-right party to an all …

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