As caucusgoers in the early-voting state of Iowa prepare to select which Democratic presidential candidate excites them the most, a usually-friendly voice to the candidates on MSNBC, Chris Matthews, said on Monday morning that he’s not convinced any of the candidates has what it takes to beat President Donald Trump.
According to The Washington Examiner, Matthews made the admission while discussing the Democratic candidate field in an appearance on Morning Joe.
“What are my thoughts? I’m not happy. I’m not happy with this field. I think they have to find a candidate for president that can beat Trump,” Matthews said.
The MSNBC host went on to claim that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — who has a solid lead in Iowa and has experienced a recent surge in the polls — is “not going to be president.” Matthews went on to compared Sanders’ campaign to that of Sen. George McGovern. The 74-year-old host admitted that while he doesn’t think Sanders will be president, he will likely win Iowa.
Matthews also criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s chances, saying she was “riding high” before she began slipping in the polls, which seemed to corroborate with increased scrutiny she received regarding issues like health care and how America would pay for her health care plan.
The next early-voting state that will capture the nation’s attention is New Hampshire, which will hold their primary vote on February 11.