Chris Matthews: ‘Dead Broke’ Was a Mere ‘Half Gaffe’ by Hillary

‘You know, I thought that was a small kind of gaffe, or even a half gaffe ... I think people should have understood what she meant’

MSNBC's Matthews: 'Dead Broke' Was a Mere 'Half Gaffe' by Hillary (NewsBusters)

Comparing Hillary Clinton's book tour to an "out of town play getting ready in New Haven," MSNBC's Chris Matthews tonight dismissed the former secretary of state's tone-deaf "dead broke" line from her interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer as a "small kind of gaffe, or even a half gaffe."

"Once she said we were $12 million in the hole, I think people should have understood what she meant," Matthews asserted to his guest, NBC's Cynthia McFadden, whose fawning interview was aired on Tuesday's Nightly News. Indeed, the former first lady is quite capably "tuning up" her performance as her book tour rolls along. For her part, McFadden seemed to agree, replying:

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