Meet the Press host Chuck Todd joined me for his regur Friday appearance:
HH: Coming up after the bottom of the hour, the parade of candidates ends with Mike Huckabee, but I’ve asked NBC host of Meet the Press – Chuck Todd – to join me for two segments today because any week when I talk to Trump, Fiorina, Kasich, Walker, Rubio, and Huckabee is a week that I really need to sit down with the man who began his career at Hotline – the political junkie’s continual fix. Chuck Todd, how are you? It’s great to talk to you.
CT: I’m good. Happy Friday. Happy end of August.
HH: And to you. What do you do in this weekend? This is – it’s a week of tragedy. The assassination of the newsmen. We lost two special operators in Afghanistan. Political news blowing up. What are you going to do?
CT: Well, it’s funny you say that. I don’t want to say it’s – look, I got Scott Walker. I’m sitting down with him after you’re going to be in studio this weekend. After he gives his citadel speech. I do want to do the big foreign policy interview him. Go through the world with him. Obviously, they feel as if they’re prepared to do that, so that’s part one. I’m also doing ISIS – here we are, ISIS one year later from – Hugh, it was a year ago this week that the president infamously said we have no strategy yet. And then of course, by a week or two, they rolled out a strategy, but here we are a year later and – you know – we’re basically at square one. Even worse, the administration putting somebody to try and defend their position – will also have a couple of other people respond to it – Brett McGurk will come on and – it’s a tough thing for them to sell because I think everybody is acknowledging that the strategy doesn’t work. I have a different way of trying to do Katrina with Malcolm Gladwell. He wrote a very–
HH: Oh interesting.
CT: . . . provocative piece about New Orleans and Katrina. And essentially – you can’t help but read that piece and say, “Did Katrina save New Orleans?” I know it’s a little counterintuitive, but New Orleans a mess. New Orleans was plagued by so many problems. . .
HH: And they got to rebuild in their school system.
CT: The clean slate gave it a chance to survive.
HH: Yeah. How interesting. That’s–
CT: So anyway. Trying to do a little differently there than the typical stuff other people have been doing.
HH: Well, I just finished a lengthy interview with Walker, mostly about foreign policy, so I’ll be interested to watch you drill down further.
CT: Yeah. Alright.
HH: It’s posted over at Hugh Hewitt.
CT: That’s good stuff (laughs).
HH: But let me give the first question I asked him which wasn’t about foreign policy. I’m just curious about your take on this. Cut number eight – Scott Walker with me earlier at the last hour. How Speaker Boehner – who Wednesday at a fundraiser here in Colorado – I’m here at Colorado – Colorado Christian University – he called Senator Ted Cruz a “jackass.” Now I know you’re competing against the senator, but he’s a friend of mine and he’s one of the great Constitutional litigators of our time. What do you think of the Speaker’s slam on the senator? Continue Reading