Scarborough: How Can You Argue With People Who Think Chris Christie is Harry Reid?
Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough talked to Republican strategist Steve Schmidt Tuesday morning about whether newly-crowned presumptive GOP frontrunner Chris Christie’s moderate appeal could make him a non-starter among the conservative voters who decide Republican primaries.
“NBC News quoted a tea party leader who said Chris Christie is no different than Harry Reid,” Scarborough said. “How do you even reason with somebody who is that clueless? Just look at what Chris Christie did, standing up to public unions, being hated, being attacked, he stood his ground, he’s for lower taxes…Who in the hell can look at Chris Christie and say he’s just like Harry Reid? Those people can’t be reasoned with. They are RINOs. They don’t understand what it means to be a Republican, they don’t understand what it means to be a conservative. They don’t understand what it’s like to win elections. They don’t get it.”
“I’m not carrying his water, whatsoever, because I would like to hear more about Chris Christie,” Scarborough continued. “I would have preferred he used this time to talk about a bold, new reform agenda. He hasn’t done that. It’s more about Chris Christie. So there, I have said the obligatory negative thing about Chris Christie.”
“There is an important warning for what you just said for Chris Christie,” Schmidt said. “You have to show, not tell. You can’t go around the country defining your conservatism by what you did in the past in New Jersey. You have to lay out a vision for the future of the country, how to get this country moving in the right direction again. Ronald Reagan never went around the country saying, ‘I’m a conservative, I’m a conservative.’ When you talk about conservatism through the prism of the definition you end up like Mitt Romney, using terms like, ‘I’m a severely conservative governor,’ and everybody knows you’re not.”
Watch the full clip below, via MSNBC:
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