NEPA in the National Spotlight on MSNBC’s “The Deciders”


 (WBRE/WYOU-TV)  On Thursday night, Luzerne County took center stage in the political world.
MSNBC broadcast a live town hall meeting. 
Luzerne County, a Democratic stronghold helped Republican Donald Trump win Pennsylvania and the White House in 2016.

Eyewitness News Lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick has the details. 

  “Tonight I’m live on the factory floor of the a. Rifkin company in Luzerne County. A county that had voted Democratic for decades but back in 2016 this county went big for Donald Trump” that is how Chris Matthews, Host, MSNBC’s “The Deciders opened his show Thursday night.

The hour-long live show is called “The Deciders”. It is the first stop on MSNBC’s trek around the country in the 2020 presidential race. Voters weighed in on why they voted or did not vote for Donald Trump.

“I wanted someone who would take a different approach to government in dealing with the government, not a lifetime politician.”

A wide range of topics were discussed. There was a heated debate on one of those topics — illegal immigration.

“Who do you support tonight politically to deal with illegal immigration to slow it down if not stop it,” Matthews asked former Republican U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta.  Barletta answered, “I was upset with Republican and Democrats.”

    Barletta added he trusts President Trump.  

So how did these folks think it went?
“It hit a lot of the issues that I wanted to hear about for the next president of the United States or any politician I think they need to hear this” Said Ann Kurtek of Pottsville.

“The issues that I thought really stood out were healthcare as well as wages and the economy,” Said Liz Bettinger of Pottsville.

Chris Matthews told Eyewitness News, “I thought there were a lot more Democrats than I had I expected.”

Chris Matthews says it is way too early to predict if Luzerne County or Pennsylvania will flip back to the Democrats. He says it might come down to the wire again.

“I am a very good predictor, Andy, on the Thursday before the election. All I can tell you is last time I’m sitting around saying there are a lot of working people up here in Pennsylvania and they are going to vote for Trump.”


Matthews says he felt some anger tonight from voters but it is still unclear at what party that anger is directed at. 
Stay with eyewitness news throughout the upcoming presidential campaign for complete coverage on the issues that affect Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

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