NBC's Mitchell: Bloomberg Donation to Planned Parenthood Helped Him 'Connect to People' In His Constituency

February 6th, 2012 8:44 AM

On Sunday's Chris Matthews Show, after panel member Richard Stengel of Time magazine argued that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is an example of a wealthy President who connected with average Americans more effectively than GOP presidential candidate Mitt Rommney does, NBC Andrea Mitchell praised New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for donating $250,000 to Planned Parenthood, arguing that it helped him "connect to people" in his "constituency." After an anecdote from Stengel about Roosevelt, Mitchell injected:

But, you know, there's a more recent example. Mike Bloomberg, who often doesn't have the average person's appeal,  within instance of that Susan G. Komen controversy this week, he forked over $250,000 on Twitter-


Host Chris Matthews added, "Which was just the right amount for a billionaire."

Mitchell continued:

It was perfect. And it showed that - and it's not just that he rides the subway, but it showed that he does know how to use personal  wealth to connect to people on an issue that was important to his consituency.