Chris Matthews Calls Out Biden for Avoiding Media Interviews

'You've been hiding from us,' Matthews tells Biden adviser

February 7, 2020

MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews called out Joe Biden's senior campaign adviser Symone Sanders for the former vice president's avoidance of Sunday news interviews.

"For the first time in over a year, well more than a year, your candidate Joe Biden has agreed to do a Sunday interview show. Why now after all these months of refusing to do those programs?" Matthews asked Sanders. "He's finally agreed to do an interview program on Sunday. Why has he changed his strategy now?"

"We're ready to fight for this nomination," Sanders responded. "Vice President Biden has been a fighter. We feel good about our operation here in New Hampshire."

"I just don't think folks should read too much into this. I know the media wants to write our campaign off," she continued.

Matthews lambasted Sanders for having a strategy of "hiding" Biden from the press.

"I want Joe Biden on my show. Are you crazy? I want him on this show. I want a piece of the guy. I've always wanted to interview him. You guys won't come out and meet it. You've been hiding from us," Matthews said.

Sanders said the campaign has prioritized local interviews and coverage over national shows.

"We have made it a priority to make sure we are speaking directly to the voters, to their local media, and that's what frankly we're also going to continue to do. Local media has been very important to us," she said.

"Please, release Joe Biden. Release him, unleash him," Matthews said.

"He has been released and unleashed," Sanders responded.

"Untrue," Matthew said. "Good luck. By the way, we have a program ready to see him."