Chris Matthews Says Democrats Lost House Because of Bad Economy
(CNSNews.com) - Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball," told CNSNews.com that Democrats lost their majority in the House of Representatives mainly because voters blame the party in power for a bad economy.
“I think it had mainly to do with the economy and if the economy had been great – well it depends on who you blame for the bad economy. Doesn’t it? I think people blame the people in power,” Matthews told CNSNews.com last week at the screening of Kevin Spacey’s new film “Casino Jack.”
Matthews was also asked for his reaction to President Obama dismissing the idea that the election results were a rejection of his policies.
“I think the voters--I believe in democracy and I think the results of democracy have to be paid attention to. I think a big mistake all politicians do is ignoring results of elections. I think every election has two goals – it decides who’s in office and it sends a message and both are important and I think one thing you have to really try to do is listen to them,” he told CNSNews.com.
“An old friend of mine, Kirk O’Donnell said act on polls, not just elections. What are people concerned about? And I think this election was very tough on the Democrats. They lost more seats than they lost since 1938. That’s a long time. It’s a real bad defeat and I think it’s more than just the economy. I think it’s the manner in which they presented themselves but that’s their problem. My job is to notice.”