MSNBC's Chris Matthews gives his take on Ky's Senate race, McConnell and Jon Stewart

10/19/2010 07:25 PM

While MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was in Louisville to record Hardball and cover Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, he gave Pure Politics his assessment of Democratic candidate Jack Conway’s controversial ad, as well as his take on the race.

Matthews said Conway’s ad would be a “hard sell” to voters as it questions why Republican candidate Rand Paul joined a group in college that was known for satirical writings about Christianity. The ad also brings up a prank Paul participated in, according to a woman who has remained anonymous.

Paul has not directly denied any of the claims in the ad. But Matthews said the true test will be whether any of the claims are relevant to voters.

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Matthews also offered his opinion of Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and how McConnell has used his power as Republican Senate leader.

And Matthews has said he’s attending the “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington on Oct. 30, which is an ironic event hosted by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show. So I asked Matthews what he expects from a Jon Stewart rally:

- Ryan Alessi

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