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Part one of this sketch, 'Hardball' with 'Chris Matthews' and 'Hillary Clinton', of SNL
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00:00:04 00:00:06 I've waited years for this, but senator Hillary Clinton
00:00:06 00:00:08 has finally agreed to sit down with me one on one
00:00:09 00:00:10 on the day she announces for president.
00:00:11 00:00:12 I'm Chris Matthews, let's play Hardball.
00:00:21 00:00:22 Welcome to Hardball, I'm Chris Matthews.
00:00:30 00:00:33 With us here in the studio for the first time ever on the show,
00:00:33 00:00:35 I'm pleased to be joined by the junior senator
00:00:35 00:00:37 from the state of New York, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
00:00:38 00:00:39 Thank you.
00:00:39 00:00:41 Senator, may I say, you're great.
00:00:42 00:00:43 Thank you, Chris.
00:00:44 00:00:45 Now, in order to book you I had to agree to some ground rules,
00:00:46 00:00:48 which I'll be honest, I'm not totally crazy about.
00:00:48 00:00:50 But, as we say in the business, you're a tough cat,
00:00:51 00:00:52 and you're great.
00:00:54 00:00:56 Again, Chris, you're too kind.
00:00:56 00:00:57 No, no, you're too kind.
00:00:58 00:01:00 And as I've mentioned already, you're also great.
00:01:01 00:01:03 But this is Hardball, I've gotta as you some questions.
00:01:04 00:01:05 Uh-oh.
00:01:09 00:01:10 Here it comes.
00:01:14 00:01:16 This one was actually written by a member of your staff.
00:01:20 00:01:22 You're somehow able to juggle so many demanding roles:
00:01:22 00:01:27 Senator, wife, mother, author, jurist, statesman,
00:01:27 00:01:32 philosopher, teacher, inventor, warrior,
00:01:32 00:01:37 astrophysicist, explorer, stunt pilot,
00:01:39 00:01:42 deep sea diver, motor cross racer.
00:01:43 00:01:45 I guess I don't have a question exactly, except to say:
00:01:46 00:01:47 You're great.
00:01:49 00:01:51 Gosh, Chris, thank you. You flatter me.
00:01:51 00:01:53 Now, I have some questions, too.
00:01:53 00:01:54 Is it alright if they're about Iraq?
00:01:56 00:01:58 That depends. May I see them?
00:02:01 00:02:02 No.
00:02:04 00:02:04 No.
00:02:06 00:02:07 No.
00:02:08 00:02:09 This one's okay.
00:02:11 00:02:13 Along with senator Joe Lieberman you're probably the leading democratic
00:02:13 00:02:15 supporter of the war in Iraq,
00:02:15 00:02:17 but this week you reversed your position.
00:02:18 00:02:19 What changed your mind?
00:02:20 00:02:22 As you know Chris, I've just returned from
00:02:23 00:02:24 a fact finding tour of Iraq,
00:02:25 00:02:29 and what I saw there made me realize we were on the wrong course.
00:02:29 00:02:31 What is it you saw in Iraq? -This.
00:02:32 00:02:34 It's from the International Herald Tribune
00:02:36 00:02:38 Hillary's Support of War Hurts Her with Party Base;
00:02:39 00:02:41 Obama Surges to Lead in Latest Poll of Democrats
00:02:43 00:02:43 That's not good.
00:02:44 00:02:46 And this newspaper is what you saw in Iraq?
00:02:46 00:02:51 Exactly. It came free in my hotel room along with U.S.A. Today.
00:02:52 00:02:54 So, what's your new plan for Iraq?
00:02:54 00:03:00 Chris, this week I'll introduce a resolution calling for a greatly speeded up withdrawal
00:03:00 00:03:04 of U.S. forces with a specific trigger mechanism.
00:03:04 00:03:09 For every 1 point increase in senator Obama's pole numbers,
00:03:09 00:03:14 7,500 U.S. troops will have to be withdrawn.
00:03:16 00:03:17 Of course, if his pole numbers should collapse,
00:03:18 00:03:21 or, if he drops out of the race, the troops can stay in Iraq.
00:03:23 00:03:25 I get it, but what about those democratic primary voters
00:03:26 00:03:28 who are still upset about your initial vote for the war?
00:03:29 00:03:32 Chris, I think most democrats know me.
00:03:33 00:03:37 They understand that my support for the war was always insincere.
00:03:42 00:03:44 Of course, knowing what we know now,
00:03:44 00:03:48 that you could vote against the war and still be elected president,
00:03:48 00:03:51 I would never have pretended to support it.
00:03:51 00:03:52 Uh-huh.
00:03:53 00:03:54 I mean, for heaven's sake, look at my record.
00:03:55 00:03:57 I don't even support necessary wars.
00:03:59 00:04:02 But a lot of democrats like the fact that Obama was always against the war.
00:04:02 00:04:05 Chris, let me say something about senator Obama,
00:04:05 00:04:07 for whom I have the greatest respect.
00:04:07 00:04:12 He seems to take positions based on studying an issue
00:04:12 00:04:14 and then following his convictions.
00:04:20 00:04:22 Which is perfectly alright.
00:04:22 00:04:27 But suppose he were to go to Iraq and conclude that the war was necessary,
00:04:28 00:04:30 after all, he might decide to support it.
00:04:31 00:04:33 Can we really trust someone like that?
00:04:35 00:04:36 I never looked at it that way.
00:04:37 00:04:40 Whereas with me, the democratic base knows
00:04:40 00:04:44 I'm not going to reverse my stance on the war a second time.
00:04:46 00:04:47 Unless, of course, they want me to.
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