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With the debt ceiling deadline rapidly approaching, and as the United States stands mired in a third week with its government shut down, on Tuesday night "Piers Morgan Live" asked Alan Dershowitz and Bill Richardson to share their personal perspectives on the man many say is at the root of the problem: Ted Cruz.
"[Ted Cruz was] one of the sharpest students I've had in terms of analytical skills," explained Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School professor. "I had 10,000 students in my 50 years and I write about my great students. He has to qualify among the brightest of students."
However, how does the political commentator feel about Cruz's recent actions?
"I think he deeply believes what he's doing," noted the author of the new book entitled "Taking The Stand." "I don't think of him so much as a tactical or strategic thinker. He thinks he's doing the right thing, it doesn't mean it's the right thing but it's hard to get off that principled argument. He was not a compromiser."
In the eyes of Richardson, America is on the brink of a "catastrophic decision if we don't take action."
Joining Piers Morgan for a live, face to face interview, the former Governor of New Mexico continued:
"Here's what I would do: I would test Ted Cruz with a vote," suggested the author of "How to Sweet-Talk a Shark." "John Boehner can test his own members. I think the key player is John Boehner. He can go tomorrow to the caucus after the senate presumably passes a bill, possibly overriding Ted Cruz in a filibuster and say 'look, I have achieved the goals that you wanted me to ... I've shut the government down. We've succeeded in doing that. We now have the outlines of a potential deal, tax reform, some kind of entitlement reform, spending cuts. We tried on Obamacare. It didn't happen. We have to move on.'"
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