Chris Matthews: Obama's Fight With Elizabeth Warren is "Personal"


On Monday's broadcast of MSNBC's Hardball host Chris Matthews said the fight between President Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has become "personal." Over the weekend, President Obama attacked Warren over her opposition to the trade deal, calling her "a politician like everybody else."

CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: This isn't just a fight over a trade deal. It is getting personal now. This fight could very well come to a head this week. The Senate has scheduled its first big vote, perhaps a test vote on the vote tomorrow. So it is good night to have...

I'm fascinated. Usually in politics we're taught don't mention the opponents name. The president's been naming her.

HOWARD FINEMAN, HUFFINGTON POST: He's violated another one of your rules which is don't punch down, which is what he is doing. She is a senator, a freshman Senator. So I think it is personal and I think the president is irritated that he is going to have to use a lot of political capital and he doesn't have that much to try to squeeze this through. The beginning of determining how much he is going to have to pay will be tomorrow in the Senate when they have a cloture test vote. They'll probably lose that, the president will lose that and then they're left to figure out who to buy with what and the president doesn't have a lot to sell at this point.

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