Friday, May 18, 2007

Chris Matthews: “Hillary’s equally dishonest.”

Jeff Berkowitz: What’s your main problem with the Clintons? It’s not just with Bill Clinton, is it?

Chris Matthews[MSNBC’s Hardball]: I think the problem that Clinton has, intrinsically, is basic dishonesty. I think that’s it. He is unusually dishonest.

Jeff Berkowitz: Wasn’t it Bob Kerrey who said [Bill Clinton] is an unusually good liar, right?

Chris Matthews: And, he is unusually good at it, that’s the scary part. I think sometimes when Clinton would say things like, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” he was more credible saying that, which is really scary, than some of these things that he said that were true. So, I think he’s—I think he could pass a lie detector test. He’s pretty amazing. A smart guy.

Jeff Berkowitz: You’d say the same thing about Hillary. You don’t like Hillary, right?

Chris Matthews: I think she’s more—well, she’s equally dishonest, I think, but, she’s—she at least has an ideology. She has a lot of guts to run for Senate from New York. That took a lot of guts. She could have taken a big fall, if she had lost that one. It says something good about her. [[See here] for Matthews on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency. And, [See here] for a Scooter Libby juror's explanation to Matthews that closing arguments at a trial are not evidence and the Bush Administration was not on trial in the Libby case.]
MSNBC Hardball's Chris Matthews, interviewed on “Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz,” on November 8, 2001.
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