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MSNBC's Chris Matthews says he was 'really impressed' with de Blasio, declares him a 'heavyweight'

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reflects on the first 2020 Democratic presidential debate

Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio talks to 'Fox News @ Night.'

MSNBC host Chris Matthews offered interesting high praise for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during the first Democratic primary debate, saying he was "surprisingly a heavyweight."

Matthews began by declaring that former Vice President Joe Biden was the "winner" of the debate since none of the ten candidates on the debate stage went after the Democratic frontrunner. He also complimented the performances of Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI, and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

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The "Hardball" host then pivoted to the mayor, who he expressed he was "really impressed" with.

"I thought that de Blasio was surprisingly a heavyweight tonight," Matthews told the panel. "I think he entered into the national debate coming from New York City and joining right in with the national debate about war and peace and the big issues. I was really impressed with de Blasio tonight."

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Other panelists were not as kind to the mayor. MSNBC contributor Claire McCaskill said de Blasio was "mildly irritating."

"I had the same reaction," MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace said. "He sounded to me like sort of an obnoxious guy at a restaurant or a bar talking really loudly like everyone wants to hear what he's saying. Like, I wanted to hear other people's answers and he kept butting in."

Joseph Wulfsohn Fox News

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