Boca Raton, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) — MSNBC host Chris Matthews’ reaction to the last debate is that white conservatives want to get rid of President Obama because they “hate Obama.”

In a fiery rant after the debate, the “Hardball” host had some incendiary words for Republicans:

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“I think they hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy Al Qaeda. Their No. 1 enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred, hatred for Obama,” said Matthews, and as reported by The Hill.

“And we can go into that about the white working class in the South and looking at these numbers we’re getting the last couple days about racial hatred in many cases … this isn’t about being a better president, they want to get rid of this president,” he said.

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Matthews went on to say that he thought Romney should, “apologize to America for being a complete cynic.” A comment made in reference to Romney’s debate remark that Obama had gone on an international “apology tour” when he took office.

The CNN team summed up the debate in a few succinct ways, with anchor Wolf Blitzer calling it “much more civilized” and Chief National Correspondent John King saying the “president won on points.”

As CNN’s Candy Crowley – the moderator of the last debate — put it, “The president came to rough up Mitt Romney.” GOP candidate Romney, on the other hand, “approached this like a physician: ‘first do no harm’” she said.

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Two NBC staffers noted a key difference between the candidates. “Meet The Press” host David Gregory agreed with Crowley. “Romney seemed more interested in coming across as a sober and careful commander in chief than a bellicose alt to president,” he commented on Twitter.