Rachel Maddow Interviews Wisconsin’s Mary BurkeBy: Chad Sweely - November 8, 2013
Rachel Maddow, a well-known liberal news anchor for MSNBC, who holds a Doctorate in Politics from Oxford, is known for bringing various political figures into the public eye and interviewing them with questions that pertain to the general public. On her prime-time show, “The Rachel Maddow Show,” she has interviewed many famous politicians since the show’s original airing in 2008. This week, she interviewed the 2014 Gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.
The interview between Burke and Maddow happened on Wednesday, November 6th, on Maddow’s show on MSNBC, two days after Burke announced that she would be running for the Democratic nomination against Governor Scott Walker (Republican) of Wisconsin.
At the start of the interview, Burke was asked “Should it matter to Governor Walker’s reelection effort if he is in fact running for the Republican Presidential nomination while he is also trying to be Governor?” by Maddow. This is an important question that set the tone for the rest of the interview. Burke’s response was:
“What the people of Wisconsin care about is if they have a Governor who is focused on the issues that are most important to them, and as I travel around the state, I hear that people are concerned about jobs, and that a Governor has that focus, that they’re making that a priority, and that they’re doing all they can to move the state forward.”
Also in Burke’s response, she states that Wisconsin has been “lagging” in job creation since the recession, and her resolution to this issue is by “bringing people together, considering all of the options, and making sure that we are focused on the ones that work–putting problem solving ahead of politics.”
A common theme during the interview between Maddow and Burke, as observed by Madison.com, is that Burke is focusing on the “issues that matter” to the state’s population, as well as bringing the population together.
During the course of the interview, Maddow brought up various well-known topics that matter to viewers, such as: Walker’s reelection chances, planned parenthood, and Walker’s ties with the GOP. To see the view full video, please click on the video below.MSNBC Video