Episodes
After initial hesitation, a growing number of Republicans have taken to condemning former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago dinner with a white nationalist — and the tension is stretching into Capitol Hill, where Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) faces intraparty hostility to his run for Speaker. John Bresnahan, co-founder of Punchbowl News, and David Weigel, political reporter for Semafor, join Chuck to detail the state of the GOP.
Published 11/30/22
As Washington further entrenches itself into hostile sides, state legislatures seem to be following suit — with deep partisan rancor turning up the heat in state capitols. Reid Wilson, founder and editor-in-chief of Pluribus News, brings his 50-state analysis to the Chuck ToddCast.
Published 11/27/22
Following former Vice President Mike Pence's long-form interview on Sunday's Meet the Press, Chief White House correspondent for the New York Times Peter Baker joins Chuck to dissect Pence's precarious positioning in a political sphere where half resent him for proposing an alternative to Mr. Trump ... and the rest might only remember him as his former running mate.
Published 11/20/22
Despite holding off a stronger-forecasted Republican rebuff, Democrats still emerge from these midterm elections with control over one fewer chamber of Congress, and the promise of a divided government come January. Ruy Teixeira, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Chuck to break down which constituencies turned out for the Democrats, and which ones may have slipped away from the party.
Published 11/18/22
Former President Trump's re-election bid, made official Tuesday night, comes as Republicans reel from a disappointing midterms result that many in the party say are the former president's fault. Republican strategist Doug Heye and Sarah Chamberlain, president and CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership, join Chuck to outline the GOP's complicating roadmap to 2024.
Published 11/16/22
With Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plans unclear, Rep. Kevin McCarthy's potential slim majority imperiled by the House Freedom Caucus, and Sen. Mitch McConnell's planned leadership elections facing resistance from several of his members, the makeup of the coming congressional leadership is anything but certain. Jake Sherman, founder of Punchbowl News, joins Chuck to dissect the developing turmoil in Congress's election of its would-be leaders.
Published 11/13/22
As Tuesday's first results trickled in, Republicans saw their hopes for a red wave vanish, in what was a surprise to many onlookers — but not for the pollsters we work with at NBC News. Bill McInturff, co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, Jeff Horwitt, senior vice president at Hart Research, and Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, join Chuck to detail how public opinion presaged the unique nature of this year's midterm votes.
Published 11/11/22
Chuck sits down with Mark Murray, Bridget Bowman and Ben Kamisar from the NBC News Political Unit to discuss Tuesday's midterm results and look forward to the races that haven't been called yet.
Published 11/09/22
Chuck Todd looks back at the legacy of "Meet the Press" in a special discussion, joined by Betsy Fischer Martin, George Will, Yamiche Alcindor and Michael Beschloss.
Published 11/06/22
A little more than a week after Elon Musk took control of Twitter, and as layoffs hit employees around the world, Chuck talks with Nilay Patel, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Verge, about Twitter’s future.
Published 11/04/22
It's looking increasingly like we won't be able to call the Senate on Election Day — less than a week from now — as the country braces for results that could contradict what the polling's been showing until then. Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics and the editor-in-chief of the Crystal Ball, and Charlie Cook, founder of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, join Chuck to preview where voters' minds might end up on November 8.
Published 11/02/22
Meet the Press Reports: Five years after #MeToo, some young people ask, "so what?" A look at the #MeToo legacy and backlash. Featuring reporting from Savannah Sellers and interviews with Rosanna Arquette and Anita Hill.
Published 10/30/22
Former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) talks about the missed opportunities for Democrats in rural counties, telling Chuck Todd that they could bring innovative ideas to rural challenges but only if they engage with those constituents in the first place.
Published 10/28/22
It's the homestretch to the elections, and strategists on both sides are still trying to redefine the midterms map in the way that will best aid their party. Brianne Pfannenstiel, chief politics reporter at the Des Moines Register, and Kyle Clark, a reporter for KUSA in Denver, join Chuck to break down how Iowa and Colorado might also end up being states to watch as the results roll in.
Published 10/26/22
Meet the Press Reports: A once fringe claim has now become a top talking point embraced by many in the GOP — including 2022 candidates.
Published 10/24/22
Sixteen days to Election Day, interest for midterm elections is soaring to record highs — but so is polarization, with some 80% of Democrats and Republicans saying that the political opposition poses a threat and, if not stopped, will destroy America as we know it. NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Kristen Welker joins Chuck to give her read on the developing midterms map.
Published 10/23/22
Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory talks about why the Senate race between Republican Congressman Ted Budd and former State Supreme Court Chief Justice, Democrat Cheri Beasley, is one of those under-the-radar races that could end up being as decisive as any other state on our watch lists.
Published 10/21/22
Lauren Mayk, reporter for NBC 10 Philadelphia, Jacob Solis, staff reporter at The Nevada Independent, and Shannon McCaffrey, politics reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution join Chuck to talk about races in the three make-or-break states for Senate races.
Published 10/19/22
With nearly two million Americans having already cast their vote, campaign operatives in both parties are focusing their attention — and ads funding — into the battle to control the upper chamber. Amy Walter, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Cook Political Report, joins Chuck examine the developing Senate map ahead of November.
Published 10/16/22
Meet the Press Reports: How one state's unique political culture has changed national politics.
Published 10/15/22
This midterm election is the first so-called “normal” election since the pandemic … and there’s a lot we really don’t know about what the election will look like. And elections haven’t just changed because of Covid — the contested 2020 election and the January 6th riot have made us question basic assumptions about how much Americans really trust elections. Chuck speaks with Michael McDonald, the author of “From Pandemic to Insurrection: Voting in the 2020 US Presidential Election” and a...
Published 10/14/22
Less than one month out from Election Day, Georgia's Herschel Walker is in the midst of a scandal amid allegations he paid for an ex-girlfriend's abortion, and Pennsylvania's John Fetterman speaks to NBC News in an interview that does little to assuage health concerns as he recovers from a stroke. Democratic strategist Adrienne Elrod and Stephen Hayes, co-founder and editor of the Dispatch, join Chuck to give their read on the latest midterm developments.
Published 10/12/22
Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb was sworn into office in January 2022. Chuck talks with the mayor about crime, economics, and the role that sports can play in supporting the city.
Published 10/07/22
Less than six weeks before November’s midterm elections, Democrats lead Republicans by more than 20 points among Latino voters, but that Democratic advantage has declined from previous election cycles, according to a new national NBC News/Telemundo poll of the Latino electorate. Aileen Cardona-Arroyo, vice president at Hart Research, one of the polling partners for this survey, and Natasha Korecki, senior national political reporter for NBC News, join Chuck to discuss the results.
Published 10/05/22