MSNBC host Chris Matthews expressed uneasiness at the Democratic Party’s chances of winning the 2020 presidential election, saying its imperative for the party to put forth a candidate who can beat President Trump, not a “flavor-of-the-month” candidate like some of those running.
“I think the message to Democrats is don’t blow this one,” Mr. Matthews said Thursday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”
“You blew it in 2016. You lost to Trump,” he said. “Nobody should have ever lost to Trump. You could do it again. So don’t go with having a lot of fun in the next year and a half, following the flavor-of-the-month stuff. Don’t enjoy yourself. Sober up. Pick the best candidate to beat Trump.”
Mr. Matthews said he was thrilled about Joseph R. Biden entering the race, but said the former vice president would need “someone of color, probably a woman” as a running mate in order to win.
“Of course, that means Kamala Harris is leading the fight there,” he said, Newsbusters reported. “A Biden-Harris ticket makes perfect sense, it’s a transitional ticket. It would appeal to a lot of people. … I think the Democrats’ face is gonna be a mix of Biden and someone else, if they win. And they can easily lose.”
Mr. Matthews then cited George McGovern’s 1972 loss to late President Richard Nixon, fearing that the Democratic Party was setting itself up for a similar defeat in 2020.
“November is when it counts,” he said. “And having all the fun — all the joyful fun of knocking off the center-left of the Democratic Party, knocking off the establishment, winning the primaries, is not the name of the game. The name of the game is who’s gonna knock off Trump? And who’s the best to do that? Because in the end, eight years of Trump is hell to pay. And I think the Democrats will never be forgiven if they lose it again.”
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