Matthews Panel: Romney 'Better Off' If Seen as 'Pragmatic, Deal-Making Moderate'

During the concluding "Big Question" segment of this weekend's syndicated Chris Matthews Show, the entire panel voiced their belief that Mitt Romney is "better off" if he is perceived by voters to be a "pragmatic, deal-making moderate" rather than a "true blue conservative."

Matthews posed the question:

This week's big question: Is Mitt Romney better off if voters see him as a true blue conservative or as a pragmatic, deal-making moderate? Howard?

The panel members responded unanimously:

HOWARD FINEMAN, HUFFINGTON POST: Moderate.

LIZ MARLANTES, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: Moderate.

KELLY O'DONNELL, NBC NEWS: Pragmatist, for sure.

DAVE MARANISS, WASHINGTON POST: Foursome, I agree.

Matthews added: "It's so great. We're all agreeing he's better off not looking like he's pretending to be."