03/14/2012 10:55 am ET

Chris Matthews: The GOP Is 'Willing To Outsource' Election 'To A Mormon' (VIDEO)

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MSNBC's Chris Matthews may have raised eyebrows when he likened the GOP nomination process to outsourcing jobs to India on Tuesday night, while covering the Mississippi and Alabama primaries.

Matthews, Al Sharpton and Ed Schultz were talking about the role of religion in the general election. Matthews said that Republicans were so desperate to beat Obama that they would choose Mitt Romney as their nominee, despite his religion.

"They're willing to outsource it to a Mormon," he said. "It seems to me, if they can win -- I said it's almost like calling up India, or somewhere in the third-world to get your computer fixed. You don't care who is fixing it, just fix the damn computer."

Sharpton and Schultz looked on as he continued. Matthews jokingly called Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum "cultists."

"They have three, or two RCs -- Roman Catholics running and a Mormon so the three cultists running," the MSNBC host put forth. "I have to pick one of the three cultists as they see them. This isn't as funny as I'm making it, but it is ridiculous to pick a guy they really think is the other, the heretic, the Muslim, what a strangest of religious prejudice is at work here, they pick the guy they don't like to pick a guy they hate worse."

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