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11/07/2012 02:45 pm ET Updated Nov 07, 2012

Chris Matthews Addresses Controversial Hurricane Sandy Comments: 'I Wasn't Talking About The Horror Of The Storm'

Chris Matthews has addressed the controversial Hurricane Sandy comments he made during MSNBC's coverage of the election on Tuesday.

Matthews covered the election all night, and he was deeply pleased with President Obama's victory. When it came time for closing comments, Matthews said, “I'm so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things."

Someone could be heard saying, "Oooh" off-screen. Matthews held up his hand and continued, "No, politically I should say. Not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics."

He drew criticism, from conservatives especially, for the comments on Wednesday. Matthews later attempted to clarify the remarks, tweeting, "Obviously I wasn't talking about the horror of the storm. I grew up on the Jersey shore."

He continued, "To clarify - I was thrilled at the cooperation between the President and state officials that made the country proud. Great bipartisanship."

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