Ezra Klein Tackles Pointed, Awkward Question

WaPo left-wing writer Ezra Klein went on MSNBC’s “Hardball” Tuesday and faced down an awkward moment from host Chris Matthews, who pointedly asked Klein to tell viewers who they ought to vote for come November.

Matthews seemed to know Klein wouldn’t respond, but in typical Matthews-esque fashion forged ahead anyway.

Matthews: “I’ve asked you questions like this before and you’ve held back but let me try again. If you’re 60-years-old what’s the right move? Go with Romney-Ryan or Obama?”

Klein: “I don’t tell people how to vote Chris, I’m sorry.”

Matthews (trying again): “Policy?”

Klein: “People have to make judgement calls on where they want federal money to go.”

Did the questions make Klein uncomfortable and did they surprised him? “I think it’s a fair question for Matthews to ask,” he told FishbowlDC. “I just don’t think it’s one I should answer. I see my job as giving people good policy information that they can use when choosing who to vote for. I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to take that final step and directly say who they should vote for.”