Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will be featured on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” when the MSNBC television program visits the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday (April 23).p. A part of the show’s “Hardball College Tour,” the program will be broadcast live beginning at 6 p.m. from Notre Dame’s Stepan Center. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for the event, which is free and open to the public with preferred seating for Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross College students.p. “Hardball” is a nightly one-hour program of in-depth political analysis and often heated debate. Now seen only on MSNBC (local cable channel 51), the show was launched in 1997 on CNBC, then broadcast on both cable networks until last July.p. Matthews also anchors the syndicated weekly news program “The Chris Matthews Show” and is a frequent commentator on NBC’s “Today” and the regular substitute anchor on “Weekend Today.” He previously served as a speechwriter for President Carter and as a top aide to former House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Matthews visited Notre Dame in 2001 to deliver the Jack Kelly and Gail Weiss Lecture on Journalism and Politics.p. A Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war, McCain was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and served two terms before being elected to the Senate in 1986. He is chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and has been a persistent proponent of a strong national defense, deregulation and free trade.p.