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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – “Who’s gonna watch a debate between the two Cuban guys – Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Who cares?”

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That comment from MSNBC host Chris Matthews about Thursday’s presidential debate has Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez fuming.

The mayor sent Matthews a letter. It read, in part:

“As a proud Cuban-American and the Mayor of a county with the largest population of Cuban-Americans in the United Sates, I was deeply offended by your distasteful remarks about tonight’s Republican debate.”

Mayor Gimenez went on to tell Matthews his “comments displayed bigotry and ignorance about nationality.”

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The mayor also said he did not expect Matthews to apologize.

But Matthews did.

“It sounded like I was putting them down. I’m sorry I said it, that’s it,” he said.

So far, Matthews’ bosses at MSNBC have not said anything publicly about this issue.

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CLICK HERE To Read Mayor Gimenez’s Full Letter