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August 26, 2008

Chris Matthews for Senate in 2010?

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews sat front and center as an attendee at the Pennsylvania delegation’s breakfast this morning, fueling speculation that the cable talk show host is seriously considering a Senate race against Republican Sen. Arlen Specter in 2010.

Matthews was sitting at a front table with former Pennsylvania congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky and other Pennsylvania delegates and was mobbed by dozens of well-wishers in the Pennsylvania delegation.

During her speech, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) mentioned he was in the audience and called the host of "Hardball" and "The Chris Matthews Show" a “rock star.” Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter also stopped by Matthews’ table to chat.

“I’m here because I only have one free morning this week. I have to do other things the rest of the week. And I think this is the most interesting state delegation there is, and I want to find out how it’s working,” said Matthews.

“I have a professional responsibility to cover the campaign, and you’ve been trying to put in another context.”

Dan Wofford, a former congressional nominee whose father, Harris, served in the Senate, said that he thought Matthews, a Philadelphia native, was giving serious considerations to entering the political arena.

“I think he’s seriously looking at it based on the limited conversations I’ve had with him,” said Wofford. “I think he’s here to take in the mood here. I think he’s been very careful about fulfilling his journalistic responsibilities … and I think there could be a lot of enthusiasm if he decides to do it.”

Before becoming a journalist, Matthews was a top aide to then-Speaker Tip O'Neill (D-Mass.).