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Chuck Todd

Charles David Todd is an American television journalist who is the 12th and current moderator of NBC's Meet the Press. He also hosts Meet the Press Now, its daily edition on NBC News Now and is the Political Director for NBC News. Before taking the helm of Meet the Press, Todd was Chief White House correspondent for NBC as well as host of The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. He also serves as NBC News' on-air political analyst for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and Today.

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Forget the historic nature of his election having to do with skin color - Obama has an opportunity offered to few presidents: the chance to set the course of the nation for decades, if not generations, to come. Who knows: perhaps in the near future, our grandchildren will spend money with Obama's face on it.
McCain needs Hillary to run because that's what keeps the Republican coalition together. She helps unite the Republican base.
In the end, Ted Kennedy was a politician, plain and simple. Yet he embodied how politics and public service can be successfully intertwined. You can't be a good public servant without being a good politician. Kennedy was both.
I'm an avid University of Miami Hurricanes fan. I hope to come to the day where I can still do some stuff for NBC and somehow integrate it with an RV tour of the South for college football. Luckily, my wife, she's a Florida State alum, so I wouldn't have to talk her into it. I think our kids would think we're weird.
Obama's ability to use his personality to push folks, whether on Capitol Hill or in Europe, means that he has to stay popular. What happens if he loses that popular mandate?
One could argue the GOP made no progress on limiting government in their four years of total control from 2002 to 2006. If anything, government expanded like never before.
Voters definitely believe Washington is corrupt - but most think it's bipartisan. β€” Β© Chuck Todd
Voters definitely believe Washington is corrupt - but most think it's bipartisan.
If Barack Obama goes on to win the election, there will be plenty of ink and video spent on chronicling the historic nature of the turnout among young voters and African-Americans. But as important as both constituencies have been to Obama - particularly in the primaries - it's Hispanics that could be putting him over the top on Nov. 4.
I played French horn, and I certainly do miss it. I miss it. I wish I had the time to keep up with it. It's like exercising: You have to keep it up, especially the muscles in your lips to deal with the French horn.
Every election matters. Anyone that tells you otherwise doesn't understand politics. That said, not every election sends sweeping messages that are easy to discern, but every election provides lessons worth learning.
It is the '94 race which in many ways allowed Ted Kennedy to become his own man rather than the 'third brother.' He had to reach down and win it on his own.
Arlen Specter left the GOP because it is a lot easier to win in Pennsylvania as a Democrat than as a Republican. It is that simple. For folks on the Right to brush this off as some sort of 'good purge' is extremely naive.
We may like to think politics is a battle of ideas and that the best idea wins out. But that's not true in most elections. Most elections are about the worst ideas losing, not the best ideas winning.
The most successful politicians are the ones who embrace their best traits while turning their liabilities into loveable attributes. And yet, many a candidate tries to run as something they aren't simply because the strategy dictates it.
There's no worse crime in journalism these days than simply deciding something's a story because Drudge links to it.
Some day, the public might actually revolt against the undemocratic system of seniority that allows Congress to keep the old ways of Washington ingrained into the culture of Congress.
One of the more bizarre games I played as a kid was something called 'kill the man.' It was a cross between football and rugby, which found the person carrying the ball a target of some hungry tacklers. I still don't know why we enjoyed the game because it was impossible to win.
Presidential money is almost like the housing bubble. It's growing at such an astronomical rate, you think it can't get any bigger. β€” Β© Chuck Todd
Presidential money is almost like the housing bubble. It's growing at such an astronomical rate, you think it can't get any bigger.
The hardest thing to do in politics is campaign as someone you aren't. People can spot an imposter from a mile away.
Acceptance speeches can make or break presidential candidacies. It was Al Gore's 2000 acceptance speech that relaunched his candidacy and nearly saved him. John Kerry's speech and overall ineffective convention nearly sank him in 2004 (though he was almost saved by the debates).
Barack Obama's official nomination as the Democratic Party's standard-bearer was a very poignant moment for millions of Americans. As the first non-white major party nominee, Obama is carrying a big load on his shoulders. He's holding the hopes and dreams of a lot of folks who thought the presidency was only reserved for white men.
Dick Cheney and Al Gore have redefined the role of the vice president in the minds of the public. It should be a big job, beyond simply checking the health status of the president.
The unknown has undone many a president, and no matter the popularity of an Oval Office occupant, any and all presidents are vulnerable. Of course, one thing that seems to set Obama part from his recent predecessors is his ability to keep an inner calm about tough issues.
The big post-election story if Obama wins the presidency will be in the hands of the ethically embattled Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He's not very popular, and has a chance to use his power to appoint an Obama replacement as a step in the direction of political rehabilitation.
With the likely nominations of Barack Obama by the Democrats and John McCain by the Republicans, one of these two parties is headed for a 2009 crack-up that could prove as messy as any party civil war in recent history.
From the Medicare prescription drug plan to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the passage of No Child Left Behind, President Bush presided over a major expansion of the reach of government.
One must remember that in the '70s, Democrats still grasping for Camelot were desperately pinning their hopes on Teddy while Republicans were doing everything they could politically to turn him into a punch line post-Chappaquiddick. And the idea of Ted Kennedy - rather than the actual man - dominated his political legacy through the early '90s.
Presidents seem to fall into two positive categories: they're one of us, or they're heroes. Both McCain and Obama probably see themselves as potential heroes - presidents who will be looked up to, not presidents everyday people will remark are 'just like me.'
America has a love-hate relationship with celebrity. We love to follow celebrities, but we also love to mock them. And secretly, we believe we're better than they are.
We're in a political depression - a great political depression
Since 1900, only three other [than Donald Trump ] presidents have won the White House with a smaller percentage of the popular vote. Woodrow Wilson in 1912, Richard Nixon in 1968, and Bill Clinton in 1992.
[Donald] Trump still thinks he`s in a campaign.
The first thing [Donald Trump] does on January 20th is take an oath to defend and adhere to the Constitution of the United States.
The idea now that we're going to fight terrorism through gun control I think is just utterly fatuous.
[Barack Obama] was comfortable when he had the foil.
I mean, you know, presidents of the United States can`t randomly tweet without having check - - having somebody check it out.
We`ll go here on [Donald] Trump`s temperament. Trump`s reckless approach could lead to war. That really resonated with Democratic swing voters.
Voters definitely believe Washington is corrupt - but most think its bipartisan.
We're all living under the threat of violence and terror these days.
With Rudy [ Giuliani], [Donald Trump] will - the minute they push him too far and start manipulating, he will - he will lash out.
We know broadly from research is that religiosity does not correlate with sympathy for terrorism. It's actually quite the opposite. The more religious someone is, the more often they go to the mosque, the more likely they are to actually reject attacks on civilians.
Trump's inability to control his own emotions is standing between himself and the presidency. β€” Β© Chuck Todd
Trump's inability to control his own emotions is standing between himself and the presidency.
It's hard not to get down on the government when you see dysfunction play out on our TVs every day. Frankly, sometimes at every level of government.
Media bias is one thing. Rejection of reality is another
The fastest growing political party is no party.
Donald Trump does not stick to Republican orthodoxy, which, you know, and this is always supposed to have been his downfall. Maybe it's his strength.
We have to be focused on not just who is in [Donald's Trump] favor and who is in his good graces and who looks right or what the palace intrigue is.
The more there is scandal and corruption in Washington, the better it is for McCain, so he`s at a high point right now.
There are potential policy consequences to a president who doesn`t believe in our election system and believes that there`s rampant voter fraud.
Barack Obamas official nomination as the Democratic Partys standard-bearer was a very poignant moment for millions of Americans. As the first non-white major party nominee, Obama is carrying a big load on his shoulders. Hes holding the hopes and dreams of a lot of folks who thought the presidency was only reserved for white men.
We do know that they are foreign missions today that are using Trump Towers, they say, why wouldn`t we want to show favor to the president of the United States? It would be offensive if we stayed at his competitor`s hotel.
In the end, Ted Kennedy was a politician, plain and simple. Yet he embodied how politics and public service can be successfully intertwined. You cant be a good public servant without being a good politician. Kennedy was both.
Newt Gingrich called it [Donald] Trump`s biggest mistake since he won the election, these crazy accusations about voter fraud. β€” Β© Chuck Todd
Newt Gingrich called it [Donald] Trump`s biggest mistake since he won the election, these crazy accusations about voter fraud.
Women are still chronically underrepresented in U.S. politics at both a local and national level... But there is one city where those three top jobs will be filled by women for the next year. And that city is Washington D.C.
At least on the domestic side of things that you`re seeing, [Mike] Pence has that influence big time. But when it comes with what political fights to have?
Barack Obama was better as a campaigner than as a - as a president sometimes in this same position. It is easier when you have a foil.
America has a love-hate relationship with celebrity. We love to follow celebrities, but we also love to mock them. And secretly, we believe were better than they are.
There’s nothing like music to teach you that eventually if you work hard enough, it does get better. You see the results.
The democrats are a coastal party.
We [americans] have earned the moral authority, at least compared to anybody else in the world.
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