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Matthews: Will Voters Be Reluctant To Dump The First Black President?

On Thursday's broadcast of "Hardball," host Chris Matthews discussed a path to victory for a second Obama term: being afraid to kick out the black guy.

Matthews wondered if there would be "a reluctance on the part of the voters and the political community" about "dumping the first African-American president."

"Is there going to be something that just wretches people? 'Wait a minute here, this guy is going to knock out the first guy who got aboard?" Matthews fretted.

Howard Fineman said it's a wash, though, he said there may some voters who grade Obama on a tougher scale because he is a black.

NBC's Chuck Todd chimed in and said he was told by a Republican who was thinking about jumping in the race but ultimately decided not to because he didn't want to be "that guy" who beat the first black president. Complete transcript below.

Chris Matthews: Let me ask you about something which is not in the polling, but I want you as experts -- Barack Obama is the first African-American president, okay. Is there going to be a reluctance on the part of the voters and the political community that talks politics as we get into November about dumping the first African-American president? Is there going to be something that just wretches people? 'Wait a minute here, this guy is going to knock out the first guy who got aboard?

Howard Fineman: Well the question is whether are going to think that way.

Matthews: Yeah!

Fineman: My guess is it's a wash. My guess is some voters may be reluctant for that reason, on the other hand, there are going to be some voters who are going to be grading him on a tougher scale.

Matthews Because he is black.

Chuck Todd: You know, I had a Republican candidate -- a non-Republican candidate, a Republican who thought about running for president and decided not to. One of the reasons was, 'I'm not going to be that guy.'

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