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Notes From October 2, 2011 broadcast of Meet The Press

October 2, 2011

This morning’s Meet The Press began with Governors Bob McDonnell (R-VA) and Deval Patrick (D-MA). They seem like smart guys who understand politics and government, but several minutes into the broadcast I found that I had not written a single note.

MTP control room instaThe conversation was marked by describing the current political situation, recapping the conventional wisdom, and repeating party talking points.

Patrick had a couple of good lines. He said, “This president’s patriotism and enthusiasm about this country are beyond question.” He also noted that Massachusetts is five years into its healthcare plan, 98% of citizens have coverage, and it has added only 1% to state spending.

For his part McDonnell said he would be surprised if Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) gets into the 2012 GOP presidential race, but if he is going to do so, he better do it immediately. McDonnell punted when asked if he would consider the vice presidential slot on the Republican ticket.

Today’s roundtable discussion continued the “make no news” theme throughout the rest of the broadcast. E.J. Dionne said a couple of interesting things including, “Republicans are really enjoying destroying their presidential candidates.” He pointed out that Mitt Romney has become a better campaigner through the primary process thus far, but it isn’t doing him much good. Finally, Dionne said the Occupy Wall Street movement could be good for President Obama.

GOP advisor Mike Murphy added a little spice to the program by predicting Christie won’t run and saying that with the Florida filing deadlines approaching we are about 10 days away from locking down the GOP field. He added that there is a still a chance the earliest voting events in Iowa and New Hampshire could slip into December.

Next week’s show will be live from Chicago with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. I, however, will be flying off that morning for events in New York and Washington, DC, so no summary.

Today’s Meet The Press transcript will be here.

Also follow the show on the MTP Facebook page, track Twitter feeds from host David Gregory, Meet The Press, and Executive Producer Betsy Fischer, watch the midweek PressPass interview, and don’t forget Gregory’s blog.

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