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Chris Matthews: 'Something Historic Will Begin To Die' If Obama Doesn't Win Debate (VIDEO)

10/16/2012 05:41 pm ET | Updated Oct 17, 2012

To hear Chris Matthews put it, the stakes for Tuesday's debate are not just high — they are Everest-like.

The MSNBC host broadcasted live from Hofstra University ahead of the debate on Tuesday night. He kicked off his show touting what he said was the importance of the showdown between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

"We will either see a spirited defense by Barack Obama of his four year record or we won't," Matthews warned. "If we see it, this election campaign will take a strong new life. if we don't, something historic will begin to die." Watch the remarks in the clip above (via Washington Examiner's Charlie Spiering).

He painted a grim portrait indeed.

Later, he listed Obama's achievements — which included bailing out the auto industry bailout and rescuing the stock market — and advised the president to take note of them if he's watching MSNBC.

"Say so!" Matthews cried. "If you don't toot your own horn, nobody else will. Doesn't anyone tell him this?"

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