12/11/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chris Matthews Hypes Matt Lauer's Palin Interview: "They've Got A Limited Budget At The 'Today' Show These Days, And They're Spending On Her"

Chris Matthews discussed Sarah Palin's political future with The Week columnist Margaret Carlson and former Palin aide Larry Persily on "Hardball" Monday. After Carlson mentioned that "Today" show co-host (and one-time divorcee) Matt Lauer will be interviewing Palin Tuesday, Matthews saw the opportunity to mention...NBC budgeting?

"Yeah, well, you know that phrase — where is Matt Lauer? Where in the world is Matt Lauer? He's with Governor Palin up in Alaska! And they've got a limited budget at the 'Today' show these days, and they're spending on her. That tells you something."


Watch the full segment here: