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Earlier today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg stopped by Morning Joe to officially declare that this, the 21st of September, 2012, be named in honor of the MSNBC morning news program. What merited the occasion? Why, the show’s five-year anniversary!
“Their guests are always among the most interesting and innovative leaders in the land, especially that young, handsome, tech-savvy northeastern mayor–and no, I’m not talking about Cory Booker,” Mr. Bloomberg said, reading the document aloud. “Together, they tackle the toughest issues of the day … and they do so with both honesty and humor. Whereas more shows are filming here in New York City than ever before, but only one has redefined what a political talk show can be. Morning Joe.”
In the wake of last week’s shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is keeping up his call for President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to address the issue of illegal guns in their race for the White House. Hizzoner appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today where he criticized both candidates for running for president “without having a plan” on gun control. He also pledged to keep up his push on gun control and argued that the aftermath of a tragedy like the Aurora shooting is the best time to raise the issue.
“People say it’s bad politics to address the issue. I think the’yre wrong. I’m going to try to stir it up and so is everybody else,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “You ask one of the families, ‘Is this the time to focus on how to keep their other child from getting killed? I think they’d be on the side of–do it now.”
On Morning Joe today, Joe Scarborough pressed Long Island Congressman Peter King about whether a very conservative and publicly-prayerful nominee like Rick Perry could really capture large swaths of swing voters.
“I wouldn’t write him off,” said King, who compared the situation to the nay-saying that greeted Ronald Reagan in 1979. “I’ve met Rick Perry a number of times. He has a dynamic personality. He’s a larger than life character. I think people are going to look at the whole picture.”
“So you think Rick Perry can win Long Island?” Scarborough asked.
Senator Chuck Schumer appeared on Morning Joe today to talk about debt ceiling negotiations, but the conversation quickly veered into a discussion with financier and Joe panelist Steven Rattner about growing income equality in the U.S.
Meet the Press
After wondering if Morning Joe was on a 7-second time delay, Time’s Mark Halperin dropped the d-word when describing President Obama’s debt speech yesterday. Somehow the show that has already seen some on-air cursing, let it get through.
Halperin quickly apologized.
[h/t Erik Hayden]
Update: MSNBC has Halperin “suspended indefinitely” reports Michael Calderone.