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October 11th, 2013
06:28 PM ET

"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Congressmen react to Donald Trump's shutdown criticism, commentators discuss debt deadline

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.

  • Congressmen on Trump: You can’t just fire Congress

On Thursday, as the nation closed in on the 10th day of a government shutdown, Piers Morgan asked Connecticut Congressman Jim Hines and House Majority Whip Tom Cole to respond to Donald Trump’s negative assessment of negotiations in Washington.

“Donald Trump, in his business when he doesn't like how something is going, he can just do as he does and say 'you're fired,'” said Himes. “None of us can say that to each other. We are all elected by very different people and in different parts of this country.”

Cole remarked that, having never met "The Donald," he was in no place to judge. Cole continued to point out the possibility of a big compromise in the coming days, not unlike agreements reached in previous years:

“We came to a budget deal in April of 2011, had a lot of fights, and came to a debt ceiling deal in August," recalled the Republican serving Oklahoma. "We had the fiscal cliff earlier in January of this year, had a Continuing Resolution deal in March. All four of them were bipartisan. It looks to me like we were on the edge of doing the same thing again, but perhaps in a bigger way and more productively.”

  • Is it unrealistic to expect policies to be prioritized?

With the debt ceiling deadline rapidly approaching, on Thursday evening "Piers Morgan Live" asked Marc Lamont Hill and Terry Lenzer to offer their reaction as the two political parties appear unable to cooperate.

Lenzer, a former chief investigator on the Senate Watergate Committee, compared this situation to that of something from the Richard Nixon administration:

“It goes back to ignoring the merits of the case and making it totally partisan, totally personal which is not our experience was going again back to the 1970…My recollection is subsequent to the Nixon effort which ended up the way it ended up with his resignation," he stated. "After that, I think there was such a hatred and frankly...animosity between the two parties that it exacerbated the relationships and there was never ever close to an effort to bring them...together as personalities and experienced political people.”

Hill agreed, but said that, while this pattern of party politics is nothing new, this government shutdown has taken things to another level:

“Let's not be nostalgic either though. I mean there have always been moments from every Congressional session whether Republicans want to stop Democrats, the Democrats want to stop Republicans, and the policy itself was secondary and tertiary," noted the Columbia University professor. "So, let's not be romantic about this. However, this is the most dysfunctional state we've ever been, and what we as the American people have to do is force them to do their job, they won't do it on their own, but we can force them to.”

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  1. Bennie Moten

    Piers Morgan is echoing Ben Carson comments that Obama care is the worst thing for America since slavery, well will Obama care cause blacks to be hung just because of the color of their skins, will it cause people to be whipped and made to pick cotton in the hot sun from sun up to sun down, will it cause people to be killed because they want equal treatment, please explain to the American people how this is the worst thing since slavery???

    October 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Margaret Rodgers

      I certainly do agree with you Bennie Moten. I'm shaking my head as I think of a lot that has happened much, much, worse.

      October 11, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. SHW

    What is wrong with America today is we have people like Ben Carson in our society comparing Obamacare to slavery. And Fox just hired him as contributor. We can not be a strong country if we can not be more civil to one another.

    October 12, 2013 at 9:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Kathleen Fenton

    During this broadcast, Piers Morgan referred to Dr. Carson multiple times as a "retired neurologist." Please inform him that Dr. Carson is a NEUROSURGEON, a specialty which requires approximately DOUBLE the postgraduate training of neurology, and not only that he is a PEDIATRIC NEUROSURGEON- requiring even more training. I would have expected a journalist of Mr. Morgan's quality (as well as the team which no doubt supports him) to get the facts straight. It can't help but cause me to question other things he says.

    October 12, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. al Karim Amarsi

    It is only Piers it seems who takes Trump seriously.....Really Piers?!

    October 12, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Alton Harrison

    All the best P Morgam shows are the ones when he is off. I would like him replaced with someone with a fair and equal view instead of his narrow and one sided view on everything.

    October 21, 2013 at 9:50 am | Report abuse | Reply

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