Chuck Todd has been filling in for Chris Matthews this past week as moderator of Hardball on MSNBC. One of Todd’s guests was Brian Schweitzer, the Governor of Montana, who is also the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.
Towards the end, Todd asked the Governor if he had erred in supporting Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia Democratic primaries. (McAuliffe lost to Creigh Deeds, who will face off against Republican Bob McDonnell in November.) Schweitzer first tried to evade this by suggesting that he was not sure if “… a Governor that no one’s ever have never heard of from a state that they have never been to doesn’t change any election prospects for any candidate…”
Todd, though, pressed on. “So why did you do it? Did he offer any quid pro quo or anything, for the future when you run for office?” (I thought Chuck overstepped here when he mentioned “quid pro quo”.)
Schweitzer’s answer was this. “He ASKED! … in this business you gotta ask, and Terry asked.“
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