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October 1st, 2013
01:40 AM ET

Tea Party's Amy Kremer : "Harry Reid wants a shutdown because he believes it's a political victory for the Democrats"

As the clock struck midnight in Washington, D.C., officially shutting down the American government, Piers Morgan invited Amy Kremer to offer her specific perspective on, among other things, Obamacare, the very bill that sits at the center of the debate currently holding up business in the nation's capital and beyond:

"The legislation was passed not with one Republican vote. And it wasn't even passed through the normal process. They had to use a procedural trick to get it through," insisted the Chairwoman of the Tea Party Express. "Had the American people known all this negative stuff that's coming out now, I think that the results of the last election would have been different."

With the interview initially following the traditional back and forth format, eventually the "Piers Morgan Live" host simply allowed his guest to make her point, uninterrupted, and with great intensity:

"After this legislation was shoved down our throats in 2009, 2010, we elected a Republican House. The House controls the purse strings. Your House of Representatives is our most direct form of representation in Washington, D.C. And we control the House...Yes, he [Barack Obama] may have been re-elected but the house was also re-elected into conservative hands. Republican hands. And we are having this conversation which we should be having," said Kremer, before suggesting that the Senate Majority Leader has been placing his party's needs over those of his country. "Harry Reid wants a shutdown because be believes it's a political victory for the Democrats in 2014. No one's talking about how Harry Reid and the White House was threatening a government shutdown on July 26th if the sequester was not rolled back."

With his guest finally allowing him an opening, Morgan said simply "Amy Kremer, thank you very much indeed."

Watch the rest of the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Kremer, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," tune to CNN at 9 p.m.
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  1. Pam

    All they do is discuss. Rebubs don 't even have a plan!!! Amy, is this not modeled after romneycare ??? Hmmmm. Tea party is killing us darlin!

    October 1, 2013 at 2:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • john norton

      AMY Krammer has a credibility problem of her own making... ~ !

      October 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. brasstacs

    .Obama and the left will milk this for all they can,and use the shut down as a propaganda tool. And when the ugly truth begins to surface about Obama care,the liberal media will as usual cover up the truth in anyway they can,or black it out....The American people will be the losers, and time will prove this statement to be correct.

    October 1, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ken Margo

      Anf if you're wrong?

      October 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Ken Margo

        Let's try it again. And if you're wrong?

        October 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cindy

    This shut down will kill 800000 jobs without pay and because thr republicians are just waiting everyone will lose everything. I will lose everything. We can't go back when we are just getting ahead. Plus we need the jobs bill!! Does everyone know how many jobs that would will come from this bill, a lot and it will kill the conurty back to a AAA rating. If nothing happens we go down to a A rating. This is back. This needs to stop!!!

    October 1, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Patricia Merkle on Facebook

    I wonder if anyone else feels as I do that Congress should be deducted 75% of its salary while the closure of the gov. is active; and we should vote this in as law, starting with any sequestration as well.

    October 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ken Margo

      It would be better to vote them out.

      October 1, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob

      Patricia, why 75%? I am a furloughed fire fighter who still has to work 144 hours every two weeks with NO paycheck. Let them work around the clock with NO pay until they get this solved. Bet they will solve it in hours and not weeks.

      October 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • austintatious

        Agreed. Why do hard working, tax paying americans have to bear the brundt of this. We are being held hostage by our elected officials. Let them be without a paycheck and this would be handled quick, fast and in a hurry.
        Rob, thanks for the job you do.

        October 10, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Donna

    Amy Kremer claims that Harry Reid is just interested in a political victory over the Republicans and not the concerns of all Americans. Obviously, the reverse is also true...the Republicans are more interested in besting the political moves of the Democrats than considering the health needs of all Americans. IMHO, they believe this is a move to socialize medical services which would remove a lot of the ability of the medical profession to charge ever escalating fees. The US is notorious for having unaffordable health care. Even a broken arm or leg could set an average citizen back tens of thousands of dollars. Major cancer treatments must bankrupt countless citizens.

    Even so, insurance companies are also notorious for charging what the traffic will bear and I can easily see that there will still be millions of Americans left out of the system because of inability to pay. The tax on medical devices is meant to offset the cost of the system but it would also serve to limit the price gouging on these items by manufacturing companies who see that as one of the few ways to make money on the new system.

    I also believe the US does not want to be seen as having a health system closer to that of Canada's which is government funded and universal to all...and successful. The Republicans need to think of the needs of ALL their citizens rather than the select few.

    October 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • James

      They (Dems) talk about it being affordable. That's a load of crap. A college student scraping by found the cheapest plan at $300 a month. Let's see...live in a box or have health care. And if you don't buy it, you get penalized on your taxes. Obamacare is nothing but a new tax in one form or another. You don't need a whole new system just to say no lifetime limits, no pre-existing condition limits and insure kids to 26 yrs old. There...take out abamacare, leave the items I've listed and we're good.

      October 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Alan Schreibman

    The Tea Party push for "negotiation" prior to the shutdown is totally pointless. Obamacare is the law and is in effect. What would the President gain from "negotiation"? Negotiation=compromise= each side giving up something. Why on Earth would the President do that? He didn't shut down the government, so what does he have to gain?

    Tea Partiers should admit that the REAL reason they oppose Obamacare is that they don't want to give Obama a "win".

    October 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Ken Margo

    This is the beginning of the end of the repub party. If the repubs don't raise the debt ceiling. It will be over and out. Once you mess up someone's money, devotion to the repubs and the tea party will go down the toilet.

    October 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • brasstacs

      Ken.....What if Obama care proves to be the train wreck that many are saying it will be, and the liberal media won't be able to sugar coat it and run interference for Obama.??.The Republicans will have then proved themselves to be correct..And don't forget the left is milking this for all they can get,and are actually happy for the shut down,so they'll have more propaganda ammunition.

      October 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Ken Margo

        If the ACA is truly a train wreck, why don't the repubs come up with A PLAN in case it's a disaster? All you hear is repeal, repeal and more repeal. Remember Obamacare is a COPY of Romneycare in Mass. Mass. has had several governors since then and NOBODY in Mass wants to replace Romneycare! In addition if Obamacare is the disaster the repubs feel it will be. Let it play out, expose it's flaws and win elections. THEN you could repeal it.

        October 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken Margo

        Please stop with the nonsense. The left is milking the fractures in the repub party. John McCain and other repub moderates have been ripping Ted Cruz and the rest of his tea party crack-heads from pillar to post. That has nothing to do with the left.

        October 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • brasstacs

        This has everything to do with the gloating left ..and they're actually frothing and salivating over the shutdown so they can point fingers..and the left and the liberal media ae milking this ..there could have been compromise at least to some extent... Obama care is a massive nationwide conglomeration that will involve an army of bureaucrats and even with the IRS getting deeply involved... what could possibly go wrong ?? And the so called Romney care was on the state level a complete different animal. Many jobs could also be lost as a direct result of this monster...So if this thing could very well blow up.. And BTW many republicans are saying there are some good things in this like the abolishing the pre existing conditions curse.

        October 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken Margo

        You are all over the place. You need to stop watching faux news. you're repeating the same garbage without any facts or proof to backup what you're saying. The fearmongering needs to stop. True Romneycare is at the state level but uninsured people have the same effect all over the country. So it's not really a state only issue becaue there are uninsured in all 50 states. Vermont has set up it's own system (single payer) Why don't states like texas come up with their own system? The reason is simple, they really don't care about poor people.

        October 1, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe Baloney

    too bad your miserable show has been cancelled. good riddance!

    October 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • brasstacs

      Joe...Yes...that's great news

      October 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ken Margo

      The name was changed. He's still on the air.

      October 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • brasstacs

        I just read that if he's still with CNN he'll be in a different time slot,maybe late night..Why does CNN even bother with this tabloid twit ?? And Ken ...the usage of the "Faux" spelling is so unoriginal, that it proves you been trolling all of those mindless liberal propaganda sites ..and now it's crystal clear that you've been conditioned and programmed,,and it's pointless to try and reason with you..there's no cure.

        October 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken Margo

        Man you got some (phony) nerve. To your dismay Obamacare is here to stay. Since Holloween is coming up maybe you can continue to scare some of your repub and tea party friends with the same garbage you write here. My happiness is your misery so I hope you continue to suffer while Obamacare will be one of the greatest pieces of legislation ever passed in this country.

        October 1, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • brasstacs

        Ken...For the sake of the people and not your foaming pie hole, I sincerely hope this "monster" helps those in need...But if it doesn't and more people actually suffer from it ,then I'll expect you to admit on one of your little liberal propaganda blogs that you were wrong..I'm sure you'll do that right ?? ..pathetic

        October 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken Margo

        I have zero problem admitting I'm wrong. The question is will you?

        October 1, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. brasstacs

    Ken...What are you talking about ?? Everything you've been writing is how "right" you are and how "wrong" everything that doesn't agree with your pathetic little liberal agenda...And if Obama care turns out to be the train wreck as predicted by those in the know..which includes not only politicians but also doctors,care givers,Unions,employers and a host of others too. It's no coincidence that the polls show by a wide margin that this monster is not popular.and the people don't want it.and that's another reason why the left is milking the shutdown...do you comprende this at all cupcake ??

    October 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ken Margo

      Let's go over what this "train wreck has accomplished"

      Ended the Iraq war
      Began drawdown of troops in Afghanistan
      Killed Bin Laden (bush couldn't do it)
      Saved the auto industry
      Saved the banking industry
      Over 40 months of job growth
      Health care reform
      Repealed don't ask don't tell
      Led the fight to kill Khaddafy (A man that killed Americans that bush welcomed with open arms)
      Recently got syria to admit it had chemical weapons
      Got Syria to sign the treaty banning chemical weapons (and avoided war)
      Passed the lily ledbetter act to alow women to sue for back pay.
      Stopped enforcing DOMA which led to the supreme court overturning the law

      I could go on but your head might explode.

      If the public didn't like obamacare, HE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN RE ELECTED.

      do YOU comprende this at all cupcake ??

      October 1, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • brasstacs

        Still it's all what YOU think and what YOU want and what YOU like...The train wreck that's being discussed is Obama care...But if you insist the polls now show that Obama's popularity is down and more disapprove of Obama's job performance then they approve..and everyone of your so called talking points has another side to it, and don't make me laugh Syria's and the chemical weapons thing is because of Putin..or did you forget this little fact ??.The fact is much of the world is actually laughing at the USA and think Obama is weak I personally don't like that but that's the way it is...But as I said before,there's no point in trying to convince you of anything and frankly I don't care what you think ..and if you want to blindly follow ideology that's your business but don't try to push your opinions as being fact.

        October 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken Margo

        Calm down buttercup! It's not about me at all. I have health ins. through my employer. Just as the president stated. "If you already have insurance, the law has little impact on you." I still have my doctor. I still have my ins. Nobody from the govt knoocked on my door and told me to do anything. So YOUR prediction of doom and gloom is already down the toilet.

        The world isn't laughing at us at all. The world is concerned because your republican and tea party friends have threatened to destroy the economy.

        The US threatened to blow syria's AZZ to allah land, then and only then did putin get involed. Get the order right.

        If you had better facts, a better plan I would support you. PERIOD. I'll ask YOU again. WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO HELP THE UNINSURED? Uninsured people cost the taxpayer money when they can't pay their hospital bill. Do you like paying someone else's bill? I don't think so. So come up with a better plan and I'll sing to the heavens in an effort to promote it.

        Did you like my "train wreck" list? I thought of them off the top of my head. ALL of them are true. You sound like a bush man (G.W that is) Tell me some of dubya's best hits. It shouldn't take that long :)

        October 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Trish

        let the govt shut and keep it shut. Sorry to the federal workers who are losing their jobs and pay – private industry has been going through it for years now. Maybe time to look at the existing bureaucracy and/or find a more efficient way to do things. Yay for obama care – where else will unemployed people in their 50's find health insurance when no one will hire them due to their age. I am not unemployed, have a college education, have health insurance and am going for a nursing degree however if I was laid off until I got my new degree I would need health insurance.

        October 2, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. 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 9:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ken Margo

      If the repubs/tea party doesn't raise the debt limit, Millionairs and billionairs will take a hit. Loyalty will go out the window once you mess with somebody's money.

      October 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. jepp

    Why have the Prez and the Senate not answered the question why they dont or wont take obamacare. Also these gov workers are getting sent home but will then be paid for their time off. Vacation?

    October 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ken Margo

      Since the prez, senate and house have govt funded healthcare (paid by the taxpayer) There is no need for them to use Obamacare. Obamacare is designed for the UNINSURED. I have healthcare through my employer. I DO NOT need Obamacare. Please keep in mind the Prez wanted a govt option so the people could pick the very same plan everyone else in govt uses. The repubs rejected it.

      October 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Steve Campbell

    CNN is a hornets nest of government posters and extreme liberal wingnuts. My God, you all.....

    October 2, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse | Reply

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