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As part of a program largely dedicated to the status of the government shutdown and the approaching debt ceiling deadline, on Wednesday evening Piers Morgan welcomed Conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter to join him for a live, face to face interview.
During a conversation that took place a few hours after Congress voted to re-open the government, Coulter conveyed her belief that Republicans are not trying to seek power, while Democrats are:
“That is one thing as I point out in this book," said the woman behind "Never Trust a Liberal over Three – Especially a Republican." "Democrats have advantage. All they want is power. They spent their lives figuring out how to get elected so they can run other people's lives."
Astonished by her statement Morgan responded sarcastically:
“Republicans don't want power and don't want to tell us how to run our lives.”
After sixteen days of frustrating inactivity, the United States government is officially up and running again.
As the clock struck midnight on Thursday morning, Barack Obama signed a bill that will fund the government, and raise the debt ceiling through January 15th.
As part of a special live, midnight edition of his CNN program, Piers Morgan invited Ben Ferguson and Marc Lamont Hill to offer their assessments of Ted Cruz, the Republican Senator often credited with, and/or blamed for, spearheading the political effort that led to the shutdown.
However, before the talk turned to politics, Morgan had more pressing matters to tend to. Namely, the return of the famed "Panda Cam" at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
“There it is. It is sleeping. The panda will be asleep now, anyway. So, in the morning, that will come alive, and panda will be back and the world could breathe again,” quipped the host.
Ferguson, meanwhile, quickly turned back to Cruz, reminding viewers of the attention the 42-year-old brought to a pair of critical issues, Obamacare, and the fact that the White House believes someone should be held responsible for the technical difficulties associated with the plan's glitch-filled roll out.
“I think he is a brilliant guy that is going to end up being a hero, absolutely, coming out of this,” argued Ferguson, a CNN contributor and Conservative radio host.
Lamont Hill, meanwhile, disagreed entirely, saying Cruz and his party’s strategy was flawed from the outset:
“He is an absolute villain; even his own party is saying this was a silly strategy," said the HuffPost Live host. "That does not make you a hero, except to the extreme wing of your party who you already had the attention and admiration of.”