Chris Matthews claims 'racial hatred' fuels Mitt Romney supporters

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MSNBC host Chris Matthews has his own ideas about what makes American voters support Mitt Romney: racial hatred. During a conversation with Rachel Maddow following Monday night's (Oct. 22) presidential debate, Matthews explained that he doesn't think Romney's "reversing himself" from his previously stated positions will affect the way his fans look at him.

"I think they hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy al Qaeda," Matthews says, via The Hill. "Their No. 1 enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred, hatred for Obama. And we can go into that about the white working class in the South and looking at these numbers we're getting the last couple days about racial hatred in many cases ... this isn't about being a better president, they want to get rid of this president."

As a political pundit, Matthews clearly has an opinionated stance on our political landscape. But the "Hardball" host told Philadelphia Style magazine that he sometimes dreams of what might have been had he run for Arlen Specter's senate seat in 2009.

"I know this: If I had run and won and beaten [Senator Pat] Toomey, I would be one of the Democrats people talk about today," he claims. "I'm not dreaming here. I would be one of the stars of the Democratic Party -- there aren't that many. My agenda now is to do what I'm doing, which ... if you'll notice, I like."

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