ST. PAUL, Minn. – MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was in Minnesota Thursday to interview Vice President Joe Biden.
KARE 11’s Ivory Hecker caught up with Maddow during her stop in Saint Paul.
Ivory Hecker: Now that you’re here, what do you think of Minnesota?
Rachel Maddow: It’s spectacular. I’m always happy in Minnesota. I gotta say, I have like a working list in my mind at all times of states where I’d like to live, and Minnesota is always like top five.
IH: Really? So you’ve been here before?
RM: Oh yeah, I’ve spent plenty of time here, and I have lots of friends here—in fact all over the state. I love Minnesota.
IH: You have covered other Presidential election cycles. How unique and interesting has this year been?
RM: I feel like I’m drunk and it’s eventually going to wear off, and in my stupor I’m gonna be like, ‘Oh no, It’s Jeb Bush versus Hillary Clinton. I was just completely hammered and developed some sort of crazy fantasy.’ We thought this was going to be a boring election year. When Jeb Bush racked up over $100 million and Hillary Clinton didn’t stack up $100 million but looked like the de facto nominee from day one, people were like, ‘Oh well, I guess 2016 won’t be much of anything.’ Now look what’s happened!
IH: Why is it, do you think, that no matter what Donald Trump says, people support him?
RM: He’s tapped into something among the Republican electorate that is inexplicable by modern political science standards, inexplicable in terms of modern punditry—no one predicted this—but it’s definitive in terms of what the voters are saying on the Republican side. We’ll see what happens in South Carolina. We’ll see what happens with the March 1st dates and everything, but he’s certainly got something by the tail in terms of the Republican electorate that we don’t quite know how to explain yet.
IH: Why do you think Bernie Sanders is doing as well as he is?
RM: I live in western New England. I sort of live in Bernieville. I don’t live in Vermont, but I live in western Massachusetts, which is kind of Bernie country, and so I, just through osmosis, get the appeal—my friends and neighbors — I understand what it is about him. He’s been in Washington representing Vermont, I think, since 1991. He was there two years before Hillary Clinton ever got there as First Lady. He’s a political institution in New England, and there are very few people who have been that type of institution who attract that much affection. So I’ve seen that happening close up in Bernie Sanders’ career. But I didn’t expect with him being this uncompromising in his politics and this uncompromising in his message that he’d really be contending for the nomination, but he really is. It just makes it really fun to do this work. I love my job—particularly this year. I love my job.