Matthews: ‘messed around’ quote was ‘unexceptional.’

Earlier this week, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews sparked controversy when he claimed that “the reason” Hillary Clinton is “a U.S. Senator, the reason she’s a candidate for President, the reason she may be a front-runner, is her husband messed around.” Defending the comment to the Associated Press yesterday, Matthews said he “thought it was an unexceptional statement” because he says he was only referring the circumstances when she was “asked to run for the Senate from New York.” Matthews original statement, however, didn’t refer to how she was drafted to run. Instead, he claimed “she didn’t win it on the merits.”