Chris Matthews speaks on day two of the Washington Ideas Forum 2012.
Chris Matthews is the host of “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” on MSNBC and the host of NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show.” Over the last 15 years, he has become known for his powerful and influential political commentary. Matthews is an author, international journalist, and no-nonsense political commentator. He was until recently a nationally syndicated columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and is the author of best-selling books such as, Now Let Me Tell You What I Really Think. He joined the San Francisco Examiner in 1987 where he served as Washington Bureau Chief for 13 years. Prior to entering journalism, Matthews served as White House aide and speechwriter to President Jimmy Carter and as a top aide to former Speaker of the House Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr.
MSNBC's Chris Matthews calls for respectful negotiations between the office of the President and the Speaker of the House -- but draws the line when it comes to dealing with GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. "McConnell is a tree stump on the lawn," says Matthews. "You've got to just haul it out of there."