David Corn: DNC Has 'Tremendous Amount of Regret' for Limiting Debates

In the "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" segment of Tuesday's edition of Hardball, Mother Jones magazine's David Corn informed MSNBC host Chris Matthews that the Democratic National Committee was wracked with a "tremendous amount of regret in the high ranks of the" party organization that they had limited the primary debates so much.

"Yes!" interjected Matthews, adding, "and, by the way, Hillary, I think Hillary, Hillary Clinton  may wish she had more debates." Gee, ya think, Sherlock?!

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For his part, Corn then added that, yes, this regret reflected the sentiments of the Hillary Clinton camp. "that's what I mean. They're reflecting the Hillary campaign's wish."

"Is this the worst mistake in D.C. since they didn't take Metro to Georgetown?" Matthews joked, referring to the decision in the 1970s to not put a Metrorail subway station in the tony Washington neighborhood. "It's up there," Corn agreed, laughing.

Below you'll find video and a transcript:

MSNBC
Hardball
January 19, 2016; 7:58 p.m. Eastern

DAVID CORN, Mother Jones magazine: I talked to a senior DNC person today, they tell me, tremendous amount of regret in the high ranks of the DNC that there aren’t more debates at better times.  

CHRIS MATTHEWS, host: Yes! And by the way, Hillary, I think Hillary, Hillary Clinton may wish she had more debates.

CORN: That’s what I mean. They’re reflecting well I think the Hillary campaign’s wish. And it goes to show you that anytime a political party changes the rules to get one set of [unintelligible] it always is backwards [possibly said “backfires”, hard to tell from all the crosstalk].

MATTHEWS: OK, is this the worst mistake in D.C. since they didn’t take Metro to Georgetown?

CORN, laughing: It’s up there.

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Ken Shepherd
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