Interview with Senator Richard Blumenthal

By The Last Word, The Last Word - January 9, 2013


Guests: Ari Melber, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Barney Frank, Richard Wolffe

LAWRENCE O`DONNELL, MSNBC HOST: Oh, boy, pressure is on. I promised you last night I would announce tonight whether I would pursue the Massachusetts Senate seat that will be vacated by John Kerry when he becomes secretary of state. And because I do everything at the last minute, I still haven`t made up my mind. And I now have about 59 minutes left to think about it.

Meanwhile, the biggest Republican in the country, and I mean the very, very biggest, is still saying bad things about Republicans.


ALEX WAGNER, MSNBC`S NOW: Chris Christie is charging into battle.

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE (R), NEW JERSEY: Even though I think I`m right, I`m not going to get everything I want.

WAGNER: Under the banner of bipartisanship.

CHRISTIE: We`re compromising where we need to. To try to bring compromise and consensus.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The boss, the master of disaster.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And he`s now a cover boy.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Christie`s cover moment.

CHRISTIE: We`ve lost two national elections in a row.

ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC`S ANDREA MITCHELL REPORTS: His take on his party`s identity problem.

CHRISTIE: The Republicans lost at every level.

JEN PSAKI, FORMER OBAMA 2012 TRAVELING PRESS SECRETARY: They can`t figure out who they are.

CHRISTIE: We`re finding areas of compromise. You`ve got to compromise and get things done. Compromise and work together.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There is a new poll putting Christie`s approval at 73 percent.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Including 62 percent of Democrats.

MITCHELL: Chris Christie is everywhere.


GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC NEWS: I`m here now with Governor Chris Christie.

MATT LAUER, THE TODAY SHOW: Governor Christie, good morning. It`s good to have you.

MITCHELL: Chris Christie is a headline waiting to happen.

MICHAEL STEELE, FORMER RNC CHAIRMAN: That means he`s got crossover appeal.

LAUER: Would you support a federal ban on assault weapon?

CHRISTIE: Depends on what they do now. These are complicated issues.

CHRIS JANSING, MSNBC`S JANSING AND COMPANY: And the push to do something about guns appears to be picking up steam.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Vice President Biden meets with both sides of the gun control debate.

TAMRON HALL, MSNBC ANCHOR: Vice President Joe Biden`s declaration.

JOE BIDEN, VICE PRESIDENT: The president is going to act.

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