Matthews to interview candidates

Edwards, Kerry to play 'Hardball'

NEW YORK — MSNBC politico pundit Chris Matthews will conduct a series of live, hourlong interviews with Democratic 2004 presidential candidates beginning Oct. 13.

“Hardball: Battle for the White House” will be telecast from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard U. in Cambridge, Mass.

The one-on-one candidate forums will air each Monday at 7 p.m. ET. Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) is the first guest, followed by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.), Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and former U.S. senator ambassador to New Zealand Carol Moseley Braun.

The remaining candidates have yet to confirm their participation.

“Harvard’s Kennedy School is the perfect outlet in which to showcase both the political prowess and leadership potential of these 10 individuals,” said MSNBC veep of primetime programming Phil Griffin.

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