Harold Ford: ‘I Am A New Yorker. I Am A New Yorker. I Am…” (VIDEO)

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Appearing on Hardball tonight, former Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN) made a clear declaration for Chris Matthews, as Ford gears up to challenge appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the New York Democratic primary.

Ford, who lost a Senate campaign in his native Tennessee in 2006, said that he lives in New York, he and his wife plan to start a family there, and he’s paid taxes there. “And once you pay taxes there, you feel like a New Yorker,” Ford quipped.

Matthews asked Ford to declare that he is a New Yorker. Ford replied: “I am a New Yorker. I am a New Yorker. I am a New Yorker. I am a New Yorker.” It was certainly entertaining – and if this New York thing doesn’t work out, he’ll have no chance of ever running for office in Tennessee again.

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