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Drawing on years of experience as communications chief for President George W. Bush and senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign, Nicolle Wallace provides political insight and clarity on where the decision-makers stand on complex issues. Join her for analysis and discussion with the key newsmakers every weekday.

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Drawing on years of experience as communications chief for President George W. Bush and senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign, Nicolle Wallace provides political insight and clarity on where the decision-makers stand on complex issues. Join her for analysis and discussion with the key newsmakers every weekday.

    INTRODUCING: So You Wanna Be President? with Chris Matthews

    INTRODUCING: So You Wanna Be President? with Chris Matthews

    Lesson one: win Iowa. An astounding number of Democrats and Republicans won their party's nomination after winning first in the Iowa caucuses—but America's first battleground hasn't always been a priority for campaigns. Jimmy Carter was the first to realize that a win there could propel a candidate into the national spotlight.

    Chris Matthews examines Carter's approach to the 1972 campaign with Gerry Rafshoon, who handled political advertising for the candidate, and veteran journalist Judy Woodruff, who covered the campaign in her early years with NBC.

    • 31 min
    "Two tarantulas in a bowl"

    "Two tarantulas in a bowl"

    Nicolle Wallace discusses the president's defense strategy on the eve of the impeachment trial beginning in the Senate. Plus, a standoff between the intelligence community and Congress, Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas calls for the attorney general to recuse himself, and the New York Times Editorial Board chooses to endorse two candidates in the Democratic primary.

    Joined by: White House reporter for the Associated Press Jonathan Lemire, former Congresswoman Donna Edwards, former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI Frank Figliuzzi, NBC News Correspondent Heidi Przybyla, former Chief of Staff at the CIA and Department of Defense Jeremy Bash, former Congressman David Jolly, member of the New York Times Editorial Board Mara Gay, and campaign director at the Center for American Progress Action Fund Juanita Tolliver

    • 48 min
    "Confronting the real political peril"

    "Confronting the real political peril"

    Peter Alexander, in for Nicolle Wallace, discusses the Trump team prepping for the nearing Senate impeachment trial. Plus, more details emerge around the removal of Ambassador Yovanovitch, the senators who will have to juggle the impeachment trial with running for president, and Trump's shocking treatment of military leaders.

    Joined by: NBC News Correspondent Carol Lee, senior writer for Politico Jake Sherman, former U.S. attorney Chuck Rosenberg, Associated Press White House reporter Jonathan Lemire, Democratic strategist Joel Payne, president of the National Action Network Reverend Al Sharpton, and former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI Frank Figliuzzi

    • 43 min
    “I don’t know how to say this delicately, so I won’t”

    “I don’t know how to say this delicately, so I won’t”

    Nicolle Wallace discusses the Senate being sworn in as jurors in the impeachment trial. Plus, a nonpartisan government watchdog finds Trump violated the law by withholding aid to Ukraine, and Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas further implicates attorney general Bill Barr and Congressman Devin Nunes in the Ukraine scandal.

    Joined by: former managing editor for TIME Magazine Rick Stengel, former Obama White House communications director Jen Palmieri, politics editor for The Root Jason Johnson, White House reporter for the Washington Post Ashley Parker, former U.S. attorney Chuck Rosenberg, former White House aide Elise Jordan, and MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake

    • 47 min
    “What kind of low have we sunk to today?”

    “What kind of low have we sunk to today?”

    Nicolle Wallace discusses incriminating new evidence around the president’s involvement in the pressure campaign against Ukraine. Plus, Speaker Pelosi’s impeachment strategy as she announces the impeachment mangers, and a new book paints a picture of Trump as uninformed and unstable.

    Joined by: New York Times political reporter Nick Confessore, former U.S. attorney Joyce Vance, Republican strategist Rick Wilson, former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI Frank Figliuzzi, MSNBC Correspondent Garrett Haake, Politico senior Washington correspondent Anna Palmer, Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker, and New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent Mark Leibovich

    • 48 min
    “Everybody ought to be on full alert”

    “Everybody ought to be on full alert”

    Peter Alexander, in for Nicolle Wallace, discusses the House announcing a vote will take place tomorrow to move the articles to the Senate. Plus, a cybersecurity firm says Russia hacked into the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, and the shifting dynamics of the 2020 race as we look ahead to the last debate before the Iowa caucuses.

    Joined by: former chief spokesman for the Justice Department Matt Miller, The Daily Beast politics reporter Betsy Woodruff-Swan, NBC News Correspondent Heidi Przybyla, The Bulwark editor-at-large Charlie Sykes, senior writer for Politico Jake Sherman, MoveOn chief public affairs officer Karine Jean-Pierre, and NBC and MSNBC national affairs analyst John Heilemann.

    • 44 min

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