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October 1st, 2013
06:04 PM ET

"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Wolf Blitzer and Dick Morris on the government shutdown

Whether you fell asleep early, stayed out too late, or simply want to watch it again, we realize it's not always possible to get your entire "Piers Morgan Live" fix from television. As an answer to this, we offer the below labor of love – "Piers Morgan Live, Rewind" – dedicated and designed to getting you caught up and connected to the conversation.

  • "Wolf's Word": Blitzer joins Morgan to analyze government shutdown

As the clock struck midnight, in the process sending the federal government into a shutdown, on Monday evening Piers Morgan dedicated a special 12 a.m. edition of his program to covering the chaos from the Nation's Capital.

Welcoming Wolf Blitzer, the "Piers Morgan Live" host asked the man who covered the last government shutdown – 17 years ago – "does Congress realize just how ridiculous it appears to the rest of the world?"

Joining the program live, Blitzer offered his analysis:

"Nobody wants a government shutdown. The Democrats don't want it, the Republicans don't want it, but they're fighting right now over what so many Republicans believe is an abomination: the health care reform law that the President signed into law, was passed by the House, passed by Senate, approved as constitutional by the United States Supreme Court," explained Blitzer. "It's now the law of the land. In fact, today, October 1st, people can start signing up to get insurance, people who didn't have insurance, people who had preexisting conditions...But for a lot of these Republicans, they hate it. And they're willing to see the government shutdown unless there can be some substantive changes."

Watch the above clip as Blitzer goes on to further explain why the Democrats aren't willing to alter their stance, even in the face of a national work stoppage.

  • Dick Morris: 'The Shutdown is Stupid'

With the pending government shutdown baring down on Washington D.C., and subsequently the rest of the country, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited Dick Morris to offer his insight.

"I'm opposed to the shutdown, I think it's stupid. I think the Republicans should fight over the debt limit where I think they can win. But the shutdown, there'll be no sonic boom going off at midnight. Three quarters of the government budget, about 70 percent of it, are entitlements, they are not affected by this, they get paid anyway. This is only about a third of the budget," revealed the political author and commentator, before further explaining precisely what the shutdown will mean. "You can use your passport to travel, you can't get a new one. You'll get your Social Security checks, you can't newly apply. You can't get a new gun permit as you pointed out. The effect of this would you can't - national parks will be closed. The effect of it is fairly limited and we felt during the last shutdown, disappointed frankly, at the lack of impact of the shutdown."

For a response from Newt Gingrich, watch the above clip as the host of CNN's "Crossfire" relied on his experience to offer some perspective. And, for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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  1. infodespacho

    Reblogueó esto en infodespacho.

    October 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. drake mallard

    The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the bals. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right. They want your funkin' retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later 'cause they own this funkin' place.” george carlin

    October 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lara

      Pray tell us who is the " They " or is this a crime & you can't say?

      October 1, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. drake mallard

    Super PACs, Religion, & Lobbyists: “The Tea Party is funded by Koch Industries, or Big Oil.

    The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party

    Only the fat cats change — not their methods and not their pet bugaboos
    (taxes, corporate regulation, organized labor, and government
    “handouts” to the poor, unemployed, ill and elderly).

    The Koch brothers gave over $55 million in bribes to scientists to say global warming is a hoax. They are a vast political network, sponsoring Christian conservative rallies and funding political ad campaigns nationwide. They are instrumental in busting unions and they pushed for the Citizens United/ ‘corporations are people’ law.””

    October 1, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jan

    Where was the audience question for Democrat Chris Van Hollen? Why was Congressman Van Hollen not asked about his salary during the shutdown that Democrats have caused? Is he taking his salary?

    October 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Louis James Iocca

    This is a negotiation between The House and The Senate, not between The House and The President or The Senate and The President.

    October 1, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. klf2851

    Why dont we stop these thieves period? Yes our govt reps!! It is so odd that your everyday American is not getting paid to work because of these political Terrorists that run (ruin) this country!! They decide to prevent your family income while they sustain theirs!! matter of fact all of whom receive retirement for life with a single term "Yes you pay for that" How is it it is legal to receive money to vote my way or even incentives?? Lol these are the people we expect to represent us????? Lol yea!! ok!! They make 5-10X more than the average American that works to the point of health issues!! They go on vacation, get paid when they say there is no money to pay you, their4 ones that receive full retirement in one term and those that have NO CLUE HOW LIFE REALLY IS!! Politicians live in a fantasy world and every one of them needst to be fired with no well fare. Matter of fact if you paid them the median state income for the state they represent ( Minus actors, athletes,stock brokers and anyone above the state average) They would actually work for your interest!! IF YOU ARE IN A SITUATION YOU MAKE 150000 A year plus incentive, retirement, healthcare.dental. and payouts that make you millions HOW ARE YOU MY REP???????????????????????FIRE THEM ALL ENACT NEW LAWS TO KEEP THEM EQUAL( HONEST) THEN THEY WILL REPRESENT YOU!

    October 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Mark

    I am watching Piers Morgans town hall about the government shutdown. I cannot believe they have Grover Norquest on the show as he is the POSTER CHILD of SPECIAL INTERESTS holding the politicians hostage. How can he have someone like him on there as Grover has held republicans hostage for his own special intersts for quite some time. You think he is going to say anything bad about the Tealaban in congress? NOT!!!!!!! Might as well have the Kock brothers on there demanding what they want from the government! Talk about Hypocracy! Piers, YOUR FIRED!

    October 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Merit Bennett

    Piers,

    Please don't put radical Republicans on the air unless you are ready to expose their real mission: to privatize government. The shut down of government services pushes the production of those services to the multi-national corporations which are covertly and overtly funding the election of radical Republicans (via the cloak of Citizens Untied) in order to fund a terrorist coup to emasculate the compassionate government services which benefit the young, the poor and the elderly, which can only be accomplished without concern for making a profit. I am a plaintiff's trial lawyer representing the underprivileged majority of Americans whose ability to get ahead is being forever gutted by corporations (including insurance companies) whose only conscience is aptly named "profit," without any regard for human suffering. Like you go after the NRA, you must go after the Republications – for they are the greater danger to our future as a free people.
    I am willing to fully explain this root problem on your show. Put me against Billy Crystal or Grover Norquist.

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    October 1, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. John Canali

    Piers, I would like to tell your viewers that we are voting on candidates based on popularity. Why are we voting on successful CEO's? We make it to easy for these no bodies to become politics. It is harder to become a CEO from CoCa Cola than become a president on this country.

    October 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Robert Trask

    Piers, you certainly disappointed me and anyone who knows anything about the JFK assassination. Forget Clint Hill. He's become so unstable mentally since the assassination. I'm sure you interviewed him but what about all the other witnesses who saw or heard contrary to the Warren commission? You throw out to your viewing audience that it is a commonly held belief that Oswald did it. Are you serious? That is a not a common belief at all. Do you anything about Dorothy Kilgallen, a fellow, though deceased journalist who was about to call a press conference after interviewing Ruby. Before that could come she was found dead in her NY apartment from a combination of sleeping pills and alcohol. The woman was not a drinker. I could go on and on Piers. But you wanted an answer from Jesse as to who did it. Johnson was certainly involved and the conspiracy included the Military. Why don't you read Jesse's book and have him on your show and actually give him REAL time not just a token 5 minutes at the end of your show to make your own soundbites of your opinion or your bosses opinion. You looked like a front man for the continuance of the 50 year coverup. You either need to open your mind up to the available evidence to the conspiracy and read some of the many books available on the subject so you can speak from knowledge or just don't even broach the subject on your show and stick to your favorite, Gun Control!! IF you are serious in wanting answers, read David Lipton's "Best Evidence" or Philip Nelson's "LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination." You may even read some of the near 3 dozen books coming out this fall on the subject and stop trying to minimize serious informed people on the subject like Mr Ventura. How about having some of the other author's of this subject on your show? You need to familiarize yourself with facts Piers and not cram your slanted soundbite into your last 5 minutes of the show looking like a minion for the powers at be which I hope is not the case. But you really have work to do to prove otherwise after this October 1, 2013 show.

    October 1, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Robert Trask

    Just an adjunct, in 1978The House Assassinations Committee found after investigating the JFK killing for 2 years, that Kennedy was assassinated in a probable conspiracy. That was before so much additional evidence has come to light and there is still so much more to be released to the public in 2017. That is the stablished history Piers but the media including you do not want to objectively delve into the subject. Who are you serving? Who are you afraid of? The truth will set us all free on this subject Piers. You need to devote an entire show o this topic or better yet an entire week. But you won't. You can't can you?

    October 1, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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