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Chris Matthews: Tip, The Gipper & The Debt Ceiling

Oct 14, 2013

Way back in 1981 when Ronald Reagan was president, politics simply worked, or at least that’s what Chris Matthews says.

Chris Matthews joins Steve Kraske to talk about bipartisan politics.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with Matthews about his new book, Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked, which chronicles the bipartisan efforts of President Reagan and then Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil to raise the debt ceiling and pass other important legislation back in 1981, and why Congress just can’t seem to do the same now.


  • Chris Matthews launched the TV show Hardball in 1997. He is the author of Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked; Hardball: How Politics is Played, Told by One Who Knows the Game; Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America; Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think; American: Beyond our Grandest Notions; Life’s a Campaign and Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.