You can bump into a lot of people in the lobby at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire at the height of a frenzied primary season. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan would know. They’ve set up shop there to broadcast live primary coverage through Tuesday evening, and today, none other than famed Boston-based broadcaster Mike Barnicle—former Boston Globe columnist and contributor to “Morning Joe” on MSNBC—joined them on set to give his perspective on this year’s colorful presidential race.
During the Morning Joe comparison of last night’s Iowa caucuses and the upcoming New Hampshire primaries, Mike Barnicle says: “Caucuses are so different than an election. The coverage last night of the caucuses was extraordinary… young people back and forth in a gym.” Listen to the rest of the conversation on whether Republican presidential candidates with gubernatorial experience, such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, might fare any better in New Hampshire. On MSNBC.
On the heels of a virtual tie in Iowa between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe crew discuss Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) influence on the Democratic race for the White House and Clinton’s persistent flaws as a candidate. “Hillary Clinton is a very strong candidate, there’s no doubt about that, but she does have a couple of weaknesses that she seems unable to deal with: the lack of attraction to younger voters and the fact that Bernie Sanders has captured a message for the disaffected Democrats. And that’s not going to go away,” says Mike of Clinton’s campaign struggles. Watch the discussion here on Hillary Clinton and the “what ifs” surrounding Senator Warren’s decision not to run in 2016. On MSNBC.
“He did something last night that I bet surprised a lot of people—he made the turn successfully,” says Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and the way he handled a second-place finish in last night’s Iowa caucus. Watch the Morning Joe discussion on MSNBC about the high turnout of Iowa caucus-goers and the Republican presidential race between Donald Trump and last night’s winner, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former 2016 presidential candidate Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) talks with Mike Barnicle about last night’s Republican winner in Iowa, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). “If Ted Cruz were to win the nomination, what would be your estimate of his chances in the fall against any Democrat?,” asks Mike. Listen to Senator Graham’s unenthusiastic response here and what he has to say of his preferred candidate, former Governor Jeb Bush, who finished sixth in the Iowa caucus.
Live from Des Moines, Iowa, on a special broadcast of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the panel discusses the influencing factors in the close race between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. “The $20 million from over 700,000 individuals is stunning!,” says Mike of Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign fundraising momentum in January alone. Watch the discussion here and listen to Mike’s comments on serious pending developments surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email controversy.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump phones into a live broadcast of MSNBC’s Morning Joe from Des Moines, Iowa, and talks with Mike Barnicle about the “surprising” thing he has learned about himself and the people of the United States during his run for the White House. Hear what he has to say here.
Live from Des Moines, Iowa, Mike Barnicle and Morning Joe panel discuss likely scenarios ahead of tonight’s caucuses. “What happens if Ted Cruz’s people in the caucus can wean away Ben Carson supporters?,” asks Mike of the GOP presidential race in Iowa, which the latest poll has Donald Trump leading Senator Ted Cruz by five points. Watch the conversation here and listen to the various roads to possible victory for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Only on MSNBC.
In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle profiles a pocket of diversity in Des Moines, Iowa, leading up to today’s caucuses there. “For weeks now and nearly every day as people finally begin to vote, the one common thread that has united Republicans has been the fear that immigrants are destroying the country, standing in the way of America’s own children from landing lucrative positions like cleaning offices, emptying hospital bed pans, toweling off a Lexus at the car wash, mowing lawns and picking up lunch trays at Panera Bread,” writes Mike. Read Mike’s column on one Catholic community in Iowa that, despite the latest political rhetoric, continues to shine a beacon of hope for the American immigrant experience here.
Ahead of another Morning Joe broadcast from Java Joes CoffeeHouse in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday, Mike Barnicle, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist, and Joe Scarborough recall the special moment when legendary journalist Tim Russert showed up unannounced in 2008. “He always brought fun and insight to everything he ever did—and he did that day,” says Mike of the late Russert, then host of NBC’s Meet the Press. Watch the highlight here. Only on MSNBC.
Joining MSNBC’s Morning Joe is Vice News’ Ben Anderson, who talks with Mike Barnicle and panel about his experience traveling to the front lines of ISIS in Iraq, as well as investigating Russia’s role in the fight. “The West has tried to come up with propaganda devices to prevent young people from most of Europe from being attracted to ISIS and we’ve been incredibly lame in our attempts to do this. Do you think there is anything we can do to come up with some propaganda devices to slow this down?,” asks Mike. Listen to Anderson’s response on the battle for hearts and minds between ISIS and the West and watch the full conversation on HBO Vice’s upcoming report on the fight against ISIS here.
“Body cameras do a couple of things: They helpfully point out any wrongdoing by police officers and, on the other side, they point out that 99 percent of police officers perform their jobs admirably and legally,” says Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle in support of Ferguson Police Department’s agreement to body cameras and new firearm guidelines as part of a sweeping deal with the Justice Department resulting from investigations into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in 2014. Watch discussion of the report here on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver talks with Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle about a recent Washington Post editorial critical of Sanders and the possibility of more debates with fellow candidate Hillary Clinton. “Given the tone of the editorial, why the hesitation of jumping into another debate next week before the New Hampshire primary?,” asks Mike of Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) decision to sit out an upcoming, unsanctioned debate sponsored by MSNBC and The New Hampshire Union Leader. Listen in on the conversation here.
“It’s all beyond me. I can’t figure anything out anymore when it comes to (Republican presidential candidate) Donald Trump, but Fox News should have never issued that statement that they issued,” says Mike Barnicle of the latest blows in the ongoing feud between Trump and Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. Listen to Mike’s comments here and watch the Morning Joe discussion on Trump’s refusal to participate in tonight’s Republican debate to be aired on Fox.
On Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle shares his thoughts on comparisons between then Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan’s defining “I am paying for this microphone” moment in New Hampshire in 1980 and Donald Trump’s refusal to participate in Fox News’ next Republican debate. “Reagan, off that one moment, became the dominant figure in those primaries and certainly Donald Trump is the dominant figure in these primaries. And you’d have to think that what happened yesterday with the whole debate flap played strongly into his hands,” explains Mike. Watch the Reagan moment and listen to the discussion here. On MSNBC.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham brings Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s unprecedented campaign into historical context on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, when he joins the panel’s Mike Barnicle to discuss the cult of personality in American presidential elections. “Have you ever heard of, read about, researched, or have any comprehension of a prior campaign where one person has been such an obsessive focus by the news media and nearly everyone?,” asks Mike of Meacham in reference to the media’s nonstop coverage of Trump. Watch the conversation here.
“Can either of you think of any other position in the United States—private or public—where you… are going to have your hands on the tools of power and only work three days a week?,” asks Mike Barnicle of former Senators Trent Lott (R-MS) and Tom Daschle (D-SD) about the diminished sense of public service in the U.S. Congress. Watch Lott and Daschle discuss their new book, “Crisis Point: Why We Must—and How We Can—Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America” on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. And watch their previous conversation with Mike at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at http://bit.ly/1PTwO4C.
Following the release of PricewaterhouseCooper’s 19th annual Global CEO Survey, PwC’s Chairman Bob Moritz joins Morning Joe to discuss what’s on the minds of the world’s top CEOs. “What’s the level of concern about the political uncertainty/paralysis in Washington?,” Mike Barnicle asks Moritz of American CEOs. Listen to the conversation and view the list of expectations and top-three concerns for CEOs here. On MSNBC.
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld talks with Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle about the ongoing fight against ISIS. “Last week we had your successor in, Robert Gates, and we asked him for his view on the things some of the candidates running for president are saying in regard to how they would handle the growth of ISIS and increasing tumult in the Middle East. His view was that some of the candidates just didn’t know what they were talking about. What’s your view?,” asks Mike of Rumsfeld. Hear the former Secretary describe the “known knowns” and “known unknowns” in the asymmetrical fight against enemies who are willing to die. Rumsfeld also talked about his new game — a video game app called “Churchill Solitaire.”
South Carolina state Representative Justin T. Bamberg (D), the lawyer who represented the family of police-shooting victim Walter Scott, joins Morning Joe and talks with Mike Barnicle about switching his support from Hillary Clinton to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the race for the White House. “Once you educated yourself as to Sen. Sanders’ positions you changed your mind and decided to support him. Which positions specifically caused you to change your mind?,” asks Mike. Listen to Rep. Bamberg’s response here on why he now, as someone who represents a poor and rural constituency, better identifies with Bernie Sanders. On MSNBC.