updated 10/18/2006 12:40:55 PM ET 2006-10-18T16:40:55

“Hardball with Chris Matthews” hits the college circuit once again as America comes into the homestretch of the 2006 election season. Matthews visited Georgetown University to speak with special guests Robin Williams and Barry Levinson about their new film, “Man of the Year,” a political comedy in which Williams’ character is elected President of the United States. Matthews has a cameo role in the film.

“Hardball’s” non-stop Decision 2006 coverage continues as the “Hardball College Tour” heads to Iowa State University for a live show on October 18 with special guest Senator John McCain, the top Republican contender for 2008.

“Hardball” has a noble tradition of rousing college tours since 1999 with marquee guests Rudy Giuliani, Senator Hillary Clinton and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at some of America’s great universities including Notre Dame, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Clemson University, the University of Southern California, Michigan State University, American University and Stanford University.

“The students bring a tremendous amount of passion and excitement to the game and they are genuinely concerned about their future,” said Matthews. “We have some terrific guests lined up for this election season - from actors who play politicians to the real politicians themselves and we are looking forward to an exhilarating 2006 and 2008 election season. Visiting college campuses and speaking with students is always an incredible experience, both instructive and entertaining.”

In addition to the “Hardball College Tour,” MSNBC is also launching MSNBC On Campus. Working with leading colleges and universities across the country, MSNBC will air live and taped student reports from student reporters. These reports will feature big local news stories and breaking news, as well as student reactions to national news stories that affect their area. All videos from the program will be available on demand at

“Hardball with Chris Matthews” airs Monday through Friday at 5 and 7 p.m. (ET). Tammy Haddad is Vice President, Washington and Executive Producer of “Hardball.” Bill Wolff is Vice President, Primetime Programming. Dan Abrams is General Manager of MSNBC

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