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Hardball: Matthews Dismisses McCain Temper Rumors

Once again, the media has decided that character issues when they relate to Republican candidates are not nearly as important as they are when they

Once again, the media has decided that character issues when they relate to Republican candidates are not nearly as important as they are when they relate to Democratic candidates. Despite the fact that even conservatives and liberals alike concede that "Senator Hothead" has quite a temper on him, Hardball's Chris Matthews dismisses it away as if it is nothing.

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Matthews: Cindy McCain guest-hosted on The View today. Here she is, talking about her husband’s alleged temper problem.


Cindy McCain: Like anybody who is concerned about America, he is passionate about issues. All of us are. We all have our pet issues. We all have whatever it is we’re involved in. He is passionate about the future of this country. Some people mistake that for temper. It’s not.


Matthews: Well, please give me the list of great politicians who lack a great temper. I hear these stories about everybody in public life. They all got a temper. Seems to come with the territory.

Mind you, this is the same man who took Obama's request for orange juice in lieu of coffee at a recent campaign stop as a sign of elitism and hubris and characterized Clinton's campaign statements about Obama as erratic mood swings.

But McCain, the man who got into a physical brawl with Rick Renzi? He's just a great politician with a matching temper, just like all the other greats.

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