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Chris Matthews weighs in: 'Elizabeth Edwards won this round' over Coulter
David Edwards and Josh Catone
Published: Wednesday June 27, 2007
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Following Elizabeth Edwards' live televised phone confrontation with conservative columnist Ann Coulter on MSNBC, in which she asked Coulter to stop making personal attacks on her husband, Hardball host Chris Matthews appeared on the Today Show to give his thoughts.

"Ann Coulter's one of those people who believes that Iraq attacked us on 9/11 ... she also believes that we found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, so there's always going to be people off to the right or to the left that very different opinions than the rest of us," said Matthews. "She obviously believes that she can take these shots at the Edwards family and that's part of the political discourse."

"I think a lot of relatively boring guys like to go around carrying her books, to be honest with you," he continued, saying that Coulter is a "brilliant writer" who "knows how to enrage."

"Unfortunately, you're dealing with a real life situation with Ann Edwards' [sic] medical challenges, which we all know about, and the fact that they did lose their son, Wade, and you don't make jokes about those things in polite society," he said.

When asked if the Edwards camp should respond, Matthews replied, "My hunch is, that in human terms, Elizabeth Edwards has won this round."

The following video is from NBC's Today Show, broadcast on June 27.