Chris Matthews Hints Ryan's 'Very Nasty' Speech Was Directed to Racists

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<p>From MSNBC's live coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention on 29 August 2012:</p><p>CHRIS MATTHEWS: I thought it was a very constricted, very negative, very nasty speech, that didn't have anywhere near the elevation of Condoleezza Rice's speech....</p><p>...[T]he thing I always look for in these speeches is, who's the person on the podium up there – at the lectern, talking to? And I don't want to get too sectarian about this, but it's clear that Paul Ryan was talking to people who think about rights as something that were – produced by Thomas Jefferson, ignoring the people for whom the rights only came in the 1960s; no reference to the fact that a good portion of the country was denied those rights, especially the important right to vote, up until 1965....for some reason, they never mentioned those things, because they're talking to people - let's be honest about this - who didn't feel – the benefit, at all, from those civil rights, and I think that's very important to point out.</p>

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