Media Matters: Matthews on Obama’s debate performance: “[D]id it surprise you that he was so un-ethnic tonight?”

Media Matters (9/27/08)

Matthews on Obama’s debate performance: “[D]id it surprise you that he was soun-ethnic tonight?”

During MSNBC’s post-presidential debate coverage, host Chris Matthews asserted that “we don’t know who won this debate ’til we know how, to put it bluntly, the white working class guy, the regular working stiff out there, responds.” He later asked Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson: “[D]id it surprise you that he [Obama] was so un-ethnic tonight? That he never once talked about the condition of African-Americans in this country, never once talked about poor people, never once mentioned poor people, never once talked about the underclass.”

Matthews has previously questioned whether Obama can “now win over the regular folks, white folks, against John McCain,” and has asked whether Obama can “connect with regular people” or if he appeals “only appeal[s] to people who come from the African-American community and from the people who have college or advanced degrees.

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