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October 9th, 2013
04:06 PM ET

"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": DWS and Marsha Blackburn on the government shutdown, hikers displaced into deadly situation with National Park closure

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.

  • Can't we all just get along: Marsha Blackburn and Debbie Wasserman Schultz

With the government shutdown showing no signs of slowing down, on Tuesday evening Piers Morgan asked a pair of women – each from opposite sides of the aisle – to offer their advice and assessment.

"If it were up to Debbie and I, I think you would see the two of us sit down at a table and try to work something out," noted Marsha Blackburn, a Republican U.S. Representative for Tennessee.

"There's no question," agreed Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Chair of the Democratic National Committee. "We've already talked about that."

As the seemingly friendly debate continued during the course of a live interview, Blackburn explained measures the GOP has taken of late to end the shutdown:

"We have offered and continue to offer, we have sent four different CRs, we have sent a budget, we've sent 12 different funding bills," she told the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "Harry Reid will not take them up. And then we have a President who says he doesn't want to negotiate with us. Now, we have never had a President not negotiate a debt ceiling deal."

The Congresswoman from Florida, meanwhile, agreed with her Republican counterpart that steps need to be taken to avoid a shutdown, but not at the expense of certain legislation:

"I think we'd be thrilled to get it all done at once," she began. "We have to make sure, no question, that we don't jeopardize the full faith and credit of the United States, that we pay the nation's bills. We have to make sure that we do that, not tying extraneous settled matters like the Affordable Care Act, in order to make sure we can pay our nation's bills."

Watch the above clip for more of the civil, yet political, discourse between the two women.

  • Shutdown displaces hikers, couple nearly dies in Texas

Outside of Washington, D.C., the government shutdown has had a nationwide impact. In Texas, a couple quickly found themselves in a potentially deadly situation, as the closing of a national park forced the hikers onto the unfamiliar terrain of a nearby state park.

"We picked a trail...and we were under the impression that it wasn't that hard, you know, to do," explained Ricky Lee McFarland, who inititally set out to vacation in Big Bend Park before the shutdown forced its closure and their displacement. "We took off for day hike, and we packed enough water and food for, you know, for one day. And we got about a little over half way and we were out of water, out of food, and it was getting dark."

Learning the severity of their plight, Morgan offered some additional detail:

"It's getting very dangerous for you," he noted, speaking to the husband and wife via Skype. "You're severely sunburned, severely dehydrated, and this huge search goes on after 37 volunteers are involved in fact in getting you safe and eventually air lifting you to safety, where you were, you felt out I believe, that you were on the verge potentially of dying here."

Cathy Frye is recovering at home now, but there was a time when she worried about seeing tomorrow:

"I did not think I was going to make it and that's been a hard thing to say several times now knowing that my kids are hearing that. They've heard it today already and they're hearing it again I believe right now, but, you know, we do know desert hiking, it's something that we've always enjoyed doing, we've spent many years doing it at...Big Bend, at the National Park and it's just done a little more differently over at the state end of things than it is at the national end."

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    Piers Morgan is a disgusting blight on mankinds stage! You have no right to attempt to interfere w/ what goes on in America! Your stand on our civil liberties including gun rights is revolting. So do us a favor and go back to Merry old England, not that they really want you either!

    October 9, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    "Even Hussein Obama, no matter how much he talks about his manhood, can't streach six weeks"

    October 9, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    "You cannot overplay a royal flush, Hussein only has a pair of two's when two's are wild. What will he do when things really get wild??"

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  4. Jan

    Montel was lamenting the low number of members of congress who served in the military. How about our current President? Is his lack of regard for our military due to his lack of service as well? It was his Justice Department who interpreted the bill that was passed to fund the military to not include these survivor benefits.

    October 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    i know you dont post that ...but this is the country (usa) which tries to tell and force the rest of this world how to run their country....they should clean up their own mess, one advice..pull out your troops,stop giving money to revolutionarys and take care of you own people.

    October 10, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    This is BS going home for the weekend. The US Armed Services should surond the capatol and lock "All" Congress in 24/7 until the issue is resolved and the goverment is reoppened.

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