MSNBC’s ‘Hardball’ to air live from Winthrop ahead of presidential forum

The Democratic presidential forum at Winthrop will feature MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley.
The Democratic presidential forum at Winthrop will feature MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley.

MSNBC will broadcast a special edition of “Hardball” from Winthrop University next Friday ahead of the Democratic presidential forum featuring interviews with the candidates by Rachel Maddow.

The political talk show “Hardball with Chris Matthews” will broadcast live with co-host Steve Kornacki at 6 p.m. on Nov. 6. A news release from MSNBC didn’t specify where on campus the show will broadcast.

The two-hour presidential forum following “Hardball” will be televised from Winthrop’s Byrnes Auditorium beginning at 8 p.m. Maddow will interview Democratic candidates separately.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will attend.

After the forum, Maddow and Matthews will also co-host a post-forum analysis show from campus, according to MSNBC. That broadcast will air live from 10 to 11 p.m.

South Carolina’s Democratic Party organized the forum along with state parties from other Southern states. Tickets for the “First in the South” event are free but have already been allocated. A waiting list was set up online through the S.C. Democratic Party after tickets were “sold out” within five minutes of being available earlier this month.

Before the forum, the state Democratic Party will host two other events at Winthrop.

S.C. Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orangeburg, will lead a town hall meeting called “The New South: Shifting Cultural Norms,” from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in Winthrop’s Dina’s Place theater, located in the DiGiorgio Campus Center. The event is free.

Cobb-Hunter is chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Southern Caucus, serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, and previously served as House minority leader.

The Nov. 6 town hall lineup includes: Rev. William Barber, organizer of North Carolina's “Moral Monday” movement protesting cuts to social programs, voting rights changes, and restrictions to abortion rights; Rev. Ralph Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church; Laura Cahue, member of Somos SC and Young Immigrants in Action; Nekki Shutt, S.C. attorney active in the same-sex marriage equality movement; and, Louis Elrod, president of Young Democrats of America.

To attend, visitors should register through Eventbrite online by searching for “DNC Southern Caucus Town Hall.”

Following the town hall, S.C. Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison will host an installment of the S.C. Democratic Party’s “Chair Chats” series with nine other Democratic Party state leaders from across the Southeast.

The event will feature state party chairs from Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. No registration is required. Seats are first-come, first-serve in Dina’s Place.

“Chair Chats” is scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 6.

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