* In October 2010, Maddow tried to link pro-life political candidates who were running in the midterm elections, to the recent murder of Dr. George Tiller, a Kansas physician who had been gunned down by an anti-abortion activist five months earlier. “[T]he thing that has surprised me the most is how much” Tea Party candidates were “going back to hard line … positions on abortion,” said Maddow.
* In March 2012, NBC newsman Matt Lauer asked Maddow to comment on an incident where President Obama, not realizing that his microphone was still live, had told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he (Obama) would have more “flexibility” to deal with Russia on arms control and missile defense following the upcoming presidential election. Minimizing the significance of Obama’s remarks, Maddow said: “So it’s a little bit of a window into realpolitik and the way these guys really talk to each other. I don’t think we learned anything new. But it’s kind of interesting to see two leaders, you know, speaking unguardedly.”
* In a July 2012 Washington, DC event, Maddow paid tribute to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, saying: “TARP, the stimulus, health reform, Wall Street reform, student loan reform, the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, the new GI bill. The number of major pieces of legislation that you not only saw passed in the House—but we can also include cap-and-trade, we can include the DREAM Act there—but beyond those, the ones that also became law is, and I don’t just mean to flatter you, but is [the] kind of list of legislation we associate with people whom we name large buildings after in Washington.”