WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews believes he would be one of the top Democrats in the political spectrum if he was in Congress.

Speaking to Philadelphia Style magazine, the bombastic “Hardball” host feels he would be one of the top dogs in Washington if he ran against Sen. Pat Toomey for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat in 2009.

“I know this: If I had run and won and beaten Toomey, I would be one of the Democrats people talk about today,” Matthews tells Philadelphia Style. “I’m not dreaming here. I would be one of the stars of the Democratic Party — there aren’t that many. My agenda now is to do what I’m doing, which … if you’ll notice, I like.”

Matthews seriously considered running for Arlen Specter’s Senate seat before deciding against it since he was hosting “Hardball.” The 66-year-old Matthews previously ran for the House of Representatives unsuccessfully when he was 28, Style reports.

Matthews also stated to Philadelphia Style that he has been disappointed with President Obama.

“I vote for heroes. Obama’s strengths were apparent; his weaknesses weren’t. We saw someone who was very brilliant, but what we didn’t see was someone who didn’t have the necessary skills as a backroom deal maker,” Matthews said.

Matthews has been hosting “Hardball” since 1997.


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