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Chris Matthews Asks: Was I Smart Not To Run For Senate This Year? (VIDEO)

09/14/2010 07:54 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chris Matthews wondered aloud Monday on "Hardball" whether he made a smart move when deciding not to run for office this year.

Matthews had been considering a run for Senate from his home state of Pennsylvania, but decided not to run.

Discussing the anti-incumbent/anti-establishment fervor in this year's primary elections, Matthews wondered if he made the right decision.

"Do you think it could be the year where guys like Beau Biden and guys like me were smart not to make the run?" he asked his show guests, who were there to discuss the Delaware primaries. "I'm looking at this situation. You cannot predict this year! It is a crap-shoot! And they're so anti-establishment out there, that they recognize your name and they say, 'I knew that name three months ago.' They don't like you. Isn't that true?"

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Matthews' MSNBC colleague Chuck Todd speculated last year on the real reason why the "Hardball" host didn't run: he couldn't justify it based on anything more than a childhood dream"

"Because [Chris] had a really good friend of his say to him, 'What are you going to do when you get there?' and he couldn't answer the question and he realized that, and that's why he didn't run. It was a childhood dream to be a senator, but he didn't know what he was going to do if he got there."

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