The set of Morning Joe heated up on Monday when Chris Matthews and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus got into a war of words over the tone of both campaigns. Mr. Matthews called Romney’s assertion that no one’s asked for his birth certificate a “cheap shot that was awful … It is an embarrassment to your party to play that card.”
Mr. Priebus claimed it was just a joke and people are taking it too seriously, then skirted the issue by comparing Obama’s policies to Europe.
“I think Obama’s policies have created a sense that, for whatever reason, he’s looking guidance as far as health care is concerned, as far as our spending is concerned, as far as these stimulus packages are concerned, that he’s looking to Europe for guidance.” Politico 8/287/2012
This further escalated the exchange:
What? Where do you get this from? That’s insane,” responded Matthews. “You mean the fact that every president we’ve had has tried to offset the economic cycle with stimulus going the other direction is somehow European?”
“We’ve got to get the debt under control,” said Priebus.
“What does that have to do with Europe and this foreignization of the government. You’re doing it now. Saying that he’s influenced by foreign influences?” said Matthews.