Ben Buchwalter

Matthews Denies 2010 Senate Run
December 1, 2008, 2:31 pm
Filed under: 2010 and 2012

This week, the MSNBC political commentator and host of Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Chris Matthews show, Chris Matthews, denied a report by FiveThirtyEight that he was meeting with Obama campaign operatives about staffing his rumored 2010 Senate campaign to unseat Pennsylvania Republican Arlen Specter.

It is still unclear how Matthews would do against the moderate Republican. A Quinnipiac poll released last week showed Matthews trialing by twelve points, with 60% of voters saying that they don’t know enough about Matthews to make an informed decision at this time. Philadelphia is the only region in which Matthews currently leads. But Matthews could be a formidable opponent. He worked as a top aide to former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill and a presidential speech writer for Jimmy Carter. Add that to Obama’s political machine, and I think you’ve got a pretty good candidate.

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