Chris Matthews compares Sen. Cruz to Joe McCarthy

Mr. “Tingly-Leg” Chris Matthews compared Sen. Ted Cruz to Joe McCarthy on MSNBC’s “Hardball” Thursday night.

Chuck Hagel’s pacifist-like, controversial statements on Iran and Israel have given Senate Republicans and many Americans concern over the man President Obama wants to lead the Defense Department.

Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Cruz echoed those concerns, specifically pointing out Iran’s public support for Hagel’s nomination. Cruz said:

We saw with his nomination something truly extraordinary, which is the government of Iran formally and publicly praising the nomination of a defense secretary. I would suggest to you that, to my knowledge, that is unprecedented, to see a foreign nation like Iran publicly celebrating a nomination.

But, with a look of disgust and a shake of his head, Matthews said Cruz’s comments sounded like something McCarthy would have said:

You know, I don’t often say it, and I rarely say it, but there was echoes of Joe McCarthy there. Really strong echoes. Your thoughts? I mean, how’s he supposed to control what the PR agency out there in Tehran puts out there someday. How does that incriminate him?

Watch the segment on Newsbusters here:


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