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Chris Matthews Reminds Scarborough to Avoid Being Charmed by Rick Perry

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough was won over by Texas Governor (still?) Rick Perry’s interview with Jimmy Kimmel the other night, praising the segment as the first time he’d seen Perry’s “infectious personality,” so often on display in private, expressed publicly—causing guest Chris Matthews to warn against the perils of being charmed in person by ambitious politicians.

“Sometimes, it’s dangerous to meet these people,” Matthews said. “I like to keep a little distance. When you meet them, you meet the nice person who is also talking to you, Joe Scarborough. Never forget that: he’s talking to you, and he knows who he is talking to.”

“So what are we to judge by it?” Matthews continued, adding that previous politicians from Hubert Humphrey to Al Gore have exhibited gulfs between public and private personas. “Are we to judge by the public persona or the private? It’s a very tricky business, I agree. I think it’s important to know both; it’s very helpful to see them from two perspectives. But when they get on that platform, that’s when they have to deliver.”

Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:

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