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Chris Matthews: Mitt Romney Will Beat Jeb Bush and Be GOP Nominee

Chris Matthews: Mitt Romney Will Beat Jeb Bush and Be GOP Nominee

On Friday’s “Hardball” on MSNBC, host Chris Matthews speculated on the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination and predicted former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), the 2012 GOP nominee for president, would once again receive the party’s nomination despite the protestations of his guest, David Corn of Mother Jones magazine.

Partial transcript as follows:

MATTHEWS: Apparently back then when Romney was thinking of putting [Chris Christie] on the ticket when he was running, when he was running, he discovered there were some problems, alright? Do you think he might use those problems against him next time? 

CORN: Well, that opposition book is rather thick. If Romney doesn’t use it, somebody else will. 

MATTHEWS: And therefore — but I keep thinking Romney is going to be the nominee after all this is over.

CORN: No.

MATTHEWS: Look, I’m pretty good at this. 

CORN: No. No… He’s not going to run.

MATTHEWS: It’s easy to do this, but I always shoot the moon. And I think in this case they’re dying for a middle of the road centrist conservative. I think they want to win.

CORN: They will beg Jeb Bush before they settle for Mitt Romney. 

MATTHEWS: I think Romney’s going to beat him in the polls. I think Romney’s going to beat Jeb in the polls. You’ll see. Mark my words.

(h/t RCP Video)

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