Chris Matthews on Sanford Not Attacking Trump: 'That's What This Show Is For'

'Come back when you have a shot'

September 9, 2019

MSNBC's Hardball host Chris Matthews appeared to be frustrated when Republican presidential candidate Mark Sanford didn't tell him what his biggest "punch" against President Donald Trump was on Monday night.

Sanford, who announced on Sunday he was challenging Trump for the Republican nomination, appeared on Matthews's show to discuss his campaign launch when Matthews asked him to detail what his "biggest punch" against Trump will be during the campaign.

"Mr. Governor, I like you actually. Here's what I think. It's time now for you to give us your Sunday punch against Ronald Reagan," Matthews said before correcting himself. "Your Sunday punch against Trump. What is it? What's your biggest punch against this guy?"

"Uh stay tuned. Stay tuned," Sanford said.

"What?" Matthews asked in a high pitched voice.

"What? Come on. No," Sanford said.

Matthews, who has repeatedly criticized Trump and previously said, "This president should go," then tried to bait Sanford by saying he was "afraid to take a shot" at Trump.

"I'm not going to take a shot right now," Sanford said. "There's plenty of time for that. I'm a day into this."

"Come back when you have a shot. That's what this show is for," Matthews said.

Sanford made his presidential announcement on Fox News Sunday, where he was pressed by host Chris Wallace on his decision to run considering his chances of winning the nomination are small.

"I think you probably would have said that thing to Donald Trump just a matter of months ago as he faced the likes of Jeb Bush and others," Sanford responded to Wallace.