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Chris Matthews Proclaims Marco Rubio Is ‘The Republicans' John Edwards’
NewsBusters ^ | July 8, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer

Posted on 07/09/2014 9:25:09 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Hardball host Chris Matthews made some bizarre comments about the potential Republican candidates for president in 2016 on Tuesday night.

Speaking to Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News and Republican strategist John Feehery, Matthews took a swipe at Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and suggested “he's the Republicans' John Edwards.” [See video below.]

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The Hardball host never explained why in the world he would compare a man who cheated on his wife while pursuing the presidency to Senator Marco Rubio, but nevertheless the snide remark took his panelists by surprise.

While Republican John Feehery didn’t directly condemn Matthews’ unusual comparison of Edwards and Rubio, he did his best to defend the Tea Party senator:

"I think he's one of the more creative thinkers on the Republican side. And he's certainly no Ted Cruz and he’s no Rand Paul. And he is that mantle of the Republican's Reaganism."

Matthews’ insulting comments directed at Rubio came after spending nearly a minute fawning over Hillary Clinton and he declared that “she has the greatest resume in the world.” He insisted that any man “has to make a pretty good case to his spouse why this person is a more reasonable prospect for president than Hillary Clinton who has the greatest resume in the world. He has to come up, this guy, and make his case. I'm telling you. This is going to be a family fight everywhere in America.”

The MSNBC host’s championing of Ms. Clinton continued by arguing that the GOP need a credible candidate to explain why they won’t vote for Hillary:

Women are going to want to vote for Hillary. The guys are going to have to come up with somebody if they don't like Hillary. If they don’t some guys do obviously, for somebody else. You can't run Rand Paul against Hillary Clinton or Ted Cruz. You have to run somebody who can beat her.

To their credit, both of Matthews’ guests did their best to calm Matthews down with Ms. Cummings arguing that despite all of his Hillary love “we aren't there yet. We don't know if Christie will survive Bridgegate. He may and that’s where Wall Street wants to go. They want to go to him. And so we'll see if he survives.”

See relevant transcript below.

MSNBC

Hardball with Chris Matthews

July 8, 2014

CHRIS MATTHEWS: I’ve got to fight with you. Here's my question. A Republican guy, a guy, has to go to his wife and say, I'm supporting this person over Hillary Clinton, who’s going to be the Democratic nominee I assume. And he has to make a pretty good case to his spouse why this person is a more reasonable prospect for president than Hillary Clinton who has the greatest resume in the world. He has to come up, this guy, and make his case. I'm telling you. This is going to be a family fight everywhere in America. Women are going to want to vote for Hillary. The guys are going to have to come up with somebody if they don't like Hillary. If they don’t some guys do obviously, for somebody else. You can't run Rand Paul against Hillary Clinton or Ted Cruz. You have to run somebody who can beat her.

JEANNE CUMMINGS: But we aren't there yet. We don't know if Christie will survive Bridgegate. He may and that’s where Wall Street wants to go. They want to go to him. And so we'll see if he survives.

MATTHEWS: That's what Bloomberg News is reporting. That’s something. They still stick with the big guy?

CUMMINGS: They want to go there.

MATTHEWS: He’s still close in the polls.

CUMMINGS: That’s right. And he's going to Iowa soon. So he's starting to get back into this arena. I mean his big personality may not sell in Iowa. We'll see. But he's still in there. And I wouldn't count him out yet.

JOHN FEEHERY: Well, what Chris Christie has, he has the fire in his belly. And that’s important. You know, Mitt Romney’s been through it. His wife has been through it. I’m not sure that she wants to do it. The other person--

MATTHEWS: She wants to be first lady. Come on?

FEEHERY: The other person is Jeb Bush. Does Jeb Bush run? That's the big if.

MATTHEWS: Do you think he's running?

FEEHERY: I don’t think so.

MATTHEWS: Do you think he’s running?

FEEHERY: But if he does, all this talk is over, the Jeb Bush. The other guy that you have to talk about is Marco Rubio. Because Rubio, all the inside beltway--

MATTHEWS: President of the United States.

FEEHERY: All the inside the beltway folks think Rubio is the Republicans' best shot.

MATTHEWS: I think he's the Republicans' John Edwards.

CUMMINGS: That's interesting.

FEEHERY: I think he's one of the more creative thinkers on the Republican side. And he's certainly no Ted Cruz and he’s no Rand Paul. And he is that mantle of the Republican's Reaganism

MATTHEWS: Okay, we'll come back in a year. I say Mitt Romney is running. You say Chris Christie is still in the game. We'll see.


TOPICS: Florida; Campaign News; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2016; bush; chrischristie; cruz; gop; hillary; johnedwards; msm; randpaul; rubio; tedcruz
"Reagan?" John, I worked for President Reagan, I knew President Reagan and Senator Marco Rubio is no Ronald Reagan!

Are we sure the name of that show isn't "Highball" because that'd make a lot more sense?

Greatest resume? What has she accomplished?

1 posted on 07/09/2014 9:25:09 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Guess Chrissie Matthews has a NEW Tingle now... in a different place... for Hillary!!!


2 posted on 07/09/2014 9:29:21 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That is the worst put-down ever.

Wait, was that a compliment??


3 posted on 07/09/2014 9:30:14 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I could never understand this fascination with Marco Rubio.

During his last election I wrote to Fox News asking if they were aware there were several hundred other races running or if they were just dedicating themselves to all Rubio all the time (oh- and Romney’s first name was NOT “frontrunner”)

I have heard him speak, he is a good kid and reasonably conservative on most issues, but he is no great statesman and might not be (at least until he grows up)

He reminds me of the high school senior ‘class president’ who starts wearing a suit and tie to school to look important.


4 posted on 07/09/2014 9:31:45 AM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Cruz 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t even consider Rubio anymore. To me he’s like Paul Ryan. Both non starters. Future Boehners.


5 posted on 07/09/2014 9:34:40 AM PDT by paintriot (On the Conservative Coast.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What has she accomplished?

Well, she has perfected the scamming of $250,000 out of college kids for running her mouth for 10 minutes.
6 posted on 07/09/2014 9:35:05 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
More accurate headline:

Slump Tester Proclaims Chrissy Mathews is MSNBC's Rupaul.

7 posted on 07/09/2014 9:38:27 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: NFHale
 photo MSNBCGANGcopy_zps87936970.jpg

The guy on the right has some kind of long stain down the inside of his pant leg and that guy on the far left is really creepy – especially when his Adam's Apple jumps around when he gets excited!


8 posted on 07/09/2014 9:39:02 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Few things make me want to scream as much as reading “Chris Matthews” in any headline.


9 posted on 07/09/2014 9:46:41 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Dick Bachert

Wow... what a pathetic, miserable looking group.

Must be rough going through life perpetually outraged and offended...


10 posted on 07/09/2014 9:46:52 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

And that’s their happy faces


11 posted on 07/09/2014 9:47:33 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL
I think he's the Republicans' John Edwards.

put down or compliment... in any case, it made me laugh... it is such a bizarre thing to say :)

12 posted on 07/09/2014 9:50:08 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...a man who cheated on his wife while pursuing the presidency...

...a man who cheated on his dying wife while pursuing the presidency...

-PJ

13 posted on 07/09/2014 9:52:22 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

At the time of Ted Kennedy’s funeral, Chris Mathews said that Obama was the last Kennedy brother.

This guy says some bizarre things. But if you are a liberal hero as Mathews is, it doesn’t matter what you say. You will never be asked to explain what you mean by bizarre comments.


14 posted on 07/09/2014 9:57:00 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Rubio has a mistress in Santa Barbara and is paying for his love child through campaign funds? Really? Really? Chrissie, we all know you are in love with Obama, but really? Image and video hosting by TinyPic
15 posted on 07/09/2014 9:57:39 AM PDT by realcleanguy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will someone please SHUT SissY Chrissy Up?


16 posted on 07/09/2014 9:59:48 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Chris Matthews is the Democrat’s Pee Wee Herman.


17 posted on 07/09/2014 10:05:25 AM PDT by Obadiah (None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: GeronL

The Quaaludes must have kicked in...


18 posted on 07/09/2014 10:11:42 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Someone needs to check Matthews for mercury poisoning. He is literally mad as a hatter.


19 posted on 07/09/2014 10:17:19 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Political Junkie Too
a man who cheated on his dying wife while pursuing the presidency...and then attempted to blackmail others into fraudulently altering the confirming DA evidence when his affair produced a child.

Rubio might or might not be as bad but judging from what we have seen of him I can't put myself out on a limb and swear he is not.

20 posted on 07/09/2014 10:23:34 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Huh? Is Rubio screwing around on his dying wife???


21 posted on 07/09/2014 10:32:19 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It's really not even a joke anymore.

22 posted on 07/09/2014 10:51:07 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: NFHale

Especially that guy on the left...


23 posted on 07/09/2014 11:35:01 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Dick Bachert

Who, Madcow??? She’s a HE?


24 posted on 07/09/2014 11:58:21 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: GeronL

maybe he is talking about Rubio’s hair?


25 posted on 07/09/2014 12:11:47 PM PDT by ronniesgal (Good Grief.)
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To: ronniesgal

lol


26 posted on 07/09/2014 12:14:23 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: NFHale

Will Al Queerda forgive Matthews’ move to heterosexual tingles? Leaving the gay life is apostasy.


27 posted on 07/09/2014 12:58:59 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He insisted that any man “has to make a pretty good case to his spouse why this person is a more reasonable prospect for president than Hillary Clinton who has the greatest resume in the world...

Seriously?

She's left wreckage everywhere she's been.

Is the fact she was there make her resume?

If so, Forrest Gump has a much better resume.

28 posted on 07/09/2014 1:35:29 PM PDT by gogeo (If you are Tea Party, the Republican Party does not want you.)
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To: Organic Panic

Guess we’ll find out soon enough!!!


29 posted on 07/09/2014 2:38:20 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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