Chuck Todd On The Landrieu Quote, The “Todd Rule” On Debate Moderators, And Sunday’s “Meet The Press”
Meet The Press host Chuck Todd was my guest Friday. His comment on one small part of the polling data that will be a part of the Sunday show? Mitch McConnell is going to be happy. He also gave us a good rule by which to judge how a debate moderator does his or her job, and some background on Senator Mary Landrieu’s pratfall comment to him yesterday. Seems lots of Democrats have been making the same absurd charge of racism as a motive for opposing the president for some time in private.
HH: Joined by Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet The Press. Happy Halloween, Chuck.
CT: Happy Halloween to you. It’s my one day with the family before I go back to election work.
HH: I know. Well, I hope you have good trick or treating going on.
CT: Oh, we have a good neighborhood, always a lot of fun here in Northern Virginia.
HH: You made so much news yesterday. In case someone didn’t hear, I want them to hear your interview, the key quote with Mary Landrieu. Let’s play Chuck Todd on the bus with Mary Landrieu yesterday.
ML: Let me be very, very honest with you. In the South, it’s not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the President to present himself in a very positive light as a leader. It’s not always been a good place for women to be able to present ourselves. It’s more of a conservative place. So we’ve had to work a little bit harder on that. But you know, but the people trust me, I believe.
HH: So Chuck Todd, sometimes when I hear people say things, I don’t quite realize I’ve just got gold. I’m sure you’ve been experiencing this your entire life as a journalist. Did you know that she’d stepped in it at that moment?
CT: Well, I knew that it would be, look, I don’t want to characterize as to whether she stepped in it or not. And I’m going to, and you know, in interviews, I always feel weird in my own interviews to characterize them too much. You want to let others do that. But I knew that she said something you don’t usually hear, people say on the record. Look, that’s a comment I’ve heard Democrats make to me privately for years. Ironically, the Democrat that makes it the least is actually the guy in the Oval Office. President Obama, off the record, on the record, never, never talks about it, never claims it, never hangs his hat on it. But I’ve heard plenty of other Democrats do that. And the minute she said it, I was like wow, you don’t normally, in fact, you don’t normally hear somebody say that on the record. Look, we have a history of, when it comes to race, we, let’s just say blunt talk isn’t always well-received, and I’ll just leave it at that. Continue Reading