it seems as if chris matthews mentions scranton in every show. so you’d think the “hardball” host wouldn’t get soft with the local media, while visiting the city… right?

the pennsylvania-born tv host interviewed sen. joe biden after sunday’s rally with former president bill clinton and senator hillary clinton. listen to the audio and figure out what really went on.

i would be blown off another time – and not granted an inning or two of “hardball.”

matthews did have plenty of time to sign autographs and take photos with adoring fans at the rally, so it wasn’t as if i bothered him while he was prepping for a segment/interview.


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Scranton native and Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey talks with Ralphie Aversa about the youth vote in this year’s Presidential Election.

Senator Casey spoke with Ralphie after a rally in Scranton with Vice Presidential Candidate and Senator Joe Biden, as well as former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton.

from the mccain-palin camp:

“Angry Joe Biden today riled up his crowd with fictitious claims about John McCain. For an Obama-Biden campaign spending more money on negative advertising than any campaign in history, red-faced Joe Biden shouted and cursed but couldn’t shake Obama’s job-killing prescription of higher taxes and bigger government. Like most of ole Joe’s pitches and tall tales, Biden’s claims for energy independence through clean coal are at odds with his record.  It was just last month that he adamantly claimed an Obama-Biden administration would say ‘no’ to clean coal plants in America. His reversal today on clean coal is one more fib from ole Joe.” – Ben Porritt McCain-Palin spokesman.

not sure if i would characterize biden as angry… definitely loud and adamant though.

about to leave the riverfront sports complex now… chris matthews and his producers have blown me off a solid three times. the tv host is currently chatting it up with sen. bob casey – who i did speak with and who you’ll hear from tomorrow night on the ralphie radio show.

trying to get a word with him…

I'm blaming the national press. Blogging from the bberry. Field coordinators are on the stage speaking.

Mayor Doherty came on, introduced Sen. Casey. Crowd is riled up.

just said hello to nbc’s ron allen… music is fading… sen. bob casey is here as well… looks like the program is getting underway. last i checked, we were priming for a 3:15 start… by golly – it’s 2:36 and we might actually start on time.

“prayer/blessing” just ended… really weird… people were cheering during the speech… aren’t we supposed to remain solumn for it?
pledge just ended as well… i’m going to roam around…

just spoke with sean smith, obama’s spokesperson for pennslyvania. despite my audience of 100,000 people and my connection with him as a syracuse alum, it appears i won’t be speaking with sen. joe biden this afternoon. 

in all fairness, i will say the obama camp has accomodated me more so than the mccain camp. let’s put it like this – david letterman wasn’t the only person duped by mccain’s media people.

anywho, more updates on the way. btw, the clintons are staying at the radisson downtown, saw a number of armored SUVs and state troopers outside en route to the sports complex.