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October 8th, 2013
11:14 PM ET

Daughter of dad relocated from home because of government shutdown: "He's lost his trust in everything at this point"

With the nation well into it's second week of the government shutdown, on Tuesday Piers Morgan shared the story of a Nevada family that's feeling the impact on an entirely personal and immediate level.

Ralph and Joyce Spencer have owned their home for decades, but because it sits on government land that's now been closed due to the shutdown, they've been shut out.

"I'm very frustrated," said Tisha Cook, the Spencer's daughter. "I'm very frustrated for the fact there is a displacement. They have obligations out there as members of the homeowners to help out with different things, and dad feels obligated ... it's just frustrating."

Ralph Spencer is a war veteran currently undergoing cancer treatments in Las Vegas, but the government forced relocation has made things significantly more difficult.

"He's very discouraged by it. Notice he's not on any camera interviews," stated Cook, as her dad's health and frustration rendered him unavailable to appear on "Piers Morgan Live" himself. "He's lost his trust in everything at this point. He doesn't trust anyone. He feels like anything that he's worked and done, everything in his hard-earned life, has been stripped from him."

Watch the clip for the rest of Piers Morgan's interview with Joyce Spencer and Tisha Cook, as it's revealed that the government has granted the couple access to the home during the day, so that they can at least water their flowers. And for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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  1. max

    This is how it set up to work no one has all the power. They must talk and deal with each other.

    October 8, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dom

    It is my understanding that, these are suppose to be vacation homes, with an alternate primary residence required under the terms of a lease with the govt. I believe the timeframe, generally for staying, is no more than 6 months at a time. I would assume, for safety reasons, such as a house fire or other emergencies, park officials would have to be at a full staff compacity to respond. Where is their primary residence?

    October 9, 2013 at 2:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Bettyb Robbins, Ph.D.

    After hearing Piers work so diligently on town hall meeting to regulate guns, I was shocked to hear him all but endorse governing by extortion on last night's program. I had to turn the dial. It was that painful.

    October 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Nathaniel

    Just as with the Sequester, this administration has been going WAY out of its way to hire/employ people during a shutdown to arrest "trespassers" using Nazi/AFLCIO style thuggery tactics, in open locations they NEVER patrolled before. Oh yeah, except for when he opened the natl mall to allow the rally for ILLEGAL immigrants to take place – just up the street from where 90+YO WWII vets came to see their memorial and remember lost friends were blocked, prohibited, arrested.

    It's pretty apparent what this devil obama is up to.

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