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Matthews Belittles Climate Change Skeptics and Homeschoolers

If you're a skeptic of climate change or want to educate your child at home Chris Matthews probably thinks you're an oddball. On Tuesday's Hardball, the MSNBC host egged on the former liberal Republican New Jersey governor and former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman to turn to the camera to scold all the global warming non-believers in the GOP as he urged: "Would you tell your Republican colleagues right now - look in the camera and say, 'There is climate change and we have to do something about it?'" And later on in the show Matthews stereotyped all homeschoolers as some sort of anti-social shut-ins that don't want their children to "go to public school 'cause you don't want to mix with other people."

The following exchanges were aired on the November 3 edition of Hardball:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you tell your Republican colleagues right now - look in the camera and say, "There is climate change and we have to do something about it?"

CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN: Yes I would. Absolutely.

MATTHEWS: Do it.

WHITMAN: Okay there is a thing called climate change. Humans don't cause it but we exacerbate a natural trend and we better start doing something about it now.

MATTHEWS: Okay. That's a Republican, by the way. Thank you Christine Todd Whitman.

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MATTHEWS: Last question. Here's my litmus test. Are you pushing home-schooling?

CHRIS CHOCOLA, PRESIDENT CLUB FOR GROWTH: We don't, no, we, we support school choice. But that's up to-

MATTHEWS: No but home-schooling where you don't go to public school 'cause you don't want to mix with other people. You want to keep the kids at home so you can teach them about life at home, away from the exposure of other social groups. Are you for that? Because that would be, I would consider that culturally conservative, at least.

CHOCOLA: We, we do not push home-schooling, we support school choice. We think parents are the ones that are the best in a position to make a decision about the education for their children.

MATTHEWS: Mr. Chocola I'm with you on school choice. Thank you sir, very much.

-Geoffrey Dickens is the senior news analyst at the Media Research Center.