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MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" - Transcript

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MSNBC's Chris Matthews talks with former Maine governor Angus King about carrying on retiring Senator Olympia Snowe's bipartisanship, and whether or not Washington can and will still recognize bipartisan politics.
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Chris Matthews: Let me do some pandering now. I love Maine. I worked for Senator Muskie and I think he was one of the greatest legislators ever. He did Clean Water, Clean Air, budget reform, he did so many good things and there's something about Maine that liked him. What is about Maine that likes people in the middle, like Bill Cohen, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, like you… you're somewhere out there in the flinty down east attitude of independence and libertarianism …what is it about maine?

Angus King: Well, I think it's cultural and practical. It goes back -- who founded Maine? Fishermen, farmers, foresters. Those are all solitary pursuits. People that work together but didn't have to rely too much on somebody else doing something for them. Flinty is a good word. You mentioned Senator Muskie, who was one of the greatest senators of the 20th century. There also Margaret Chase Smith who was a wonderful Republican senator from Maine, she was always very independent. Nobody knew how she was going to vote until they got to the S's in the alphabet. She was never a favorite of the good old boys in the caucus.


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