"I'll have the news. I'll have the analysis. I'll have my attitude, my passion to make this a better country," says Chris Matthews.
Let me finish tonight with this.
I want to conclude the show tonight with a big “ask.”
Starting next Monday, Hardball, this show of my dreams, is going to be on at 7 p.m. ET. That’s every night Monday through Friday.
Not at 5 p.m. ET.
So what my big “ask” is that you adjust your evening ritual – and, believe me, I know it’s a sweet time of day, to sharing company with me at 7 o’clock. It’s going to be our hour, our one hour to share our points of view on what’s happening in this country.
I know, from experience, and from the political world in which I’ve lived, the importance of asking. You ask to borrow the car. You ask a girl for a date? You ask someone to marry you.
So now I’m asking:
I’d really appreciate it – after all these years – for you to share your time with me – starting as soon as it’s possible for you — at 7 o’clock. I’ll have the news. I’ll have the analysis. I’ll have my attitude, my passion to make this a better country. With you aboard – sharing your good time with me – we’ll keep trying to get it right.
And, oh yeah: What I say to everyone who’s kind enough to say hello when you bump into me in DC, New York, Philly or somewhere else I’m at: thanks for being part of this.