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.
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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