In the early hours of Monday, Chris Matthews raved about the “beautiful” Hillary Clinton’s “mellifluous” voice in Sunday’s presidential debate, hailing her for “looking great” and having a “winning” possibility. The Hardball host praised her “presidential-ness” as he gushed, “I was watching her very closely tonight, her whole presentation. She looked great. She looked great in terms of presidential-ness.”
Appearing just after midnight, he raved, “Everything about her was presidential tonight. Her poise, her speech delivery was confident, mellifluous, even. She has a beautiful voice.” Matthews insisted, “She has a beautiful voice when she is speaking in a conversational manner and she was tonight.”
Yet, as far as the debate overall, he downplayed, “I do believe tonight's debate isn't that important. I do believe it won’t have the clarity of who won, who lost like others had.”
For the first presidential debate, Matthews hailed the “brilliant” Clinton, saying she hit a “home run.” He also declared the race “over.” Surprisingly, for the debate between the vice presidential candidates, the host touted the “excellent” Mike Pence as the “winner.”
A partial transcript is below:
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CHRIS MATTHEWS: I have to talk about it. Hillary Clinton, I was watching her very closely tonight, her whole presentation. She looked great. She looked great in terms of presidential-ness. I mentioned, talking about women's looks and all that, but everything about her was presidential tonight. Her poise, her speech delivery was confident, mellifluous, even. She has a beautiful voice. I've said that for years. She has a beautiful voice when she is speaking in a conversational manner and she was tonight. She never got, as far as can I tell, she never got stressed out by the tenseness of the conflict tonight. And I noticed afterwards when she got on that plane with the small number of reporters, again, she was very winning.
She had winning personality again. I think she knows from what — everybody has been talking about tonight from the battleground state reports, that this states that Trump needed to win and they would include Florida, Ohio, of course North Carolina. Then on to Pennsylvania and Virginia. He is not on those lists any more and Hillary won them all. She is doing well. This trend will continue this week. I do believe tonight's debate isn't that important. I do believe it won’t have the clarity of who won, who lost like others had. But I also think that what happened over the weekend was accessible to everyone.
High school boys and girls, 14 years-old. Know exactly what they are talking about in that tape. They are going to remember it forever. And certainly through the elections So I think that this was an aftermath. This is fallout, perhaps, tonight from what we saw over the weekend. But we will still find ourselves watching that videotape again and again and again and you got believe that Hillary Clinton people have figured out a way, or they will soon, of how to put it into our faces right before we go to vote. So I still think that's much bigger story than tonight and I always hype our broad casts and hype when we're on. I just thought tonight's debate was very depressing. Very unsatisfactory.