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October 15th, 2013
11:13 PM ET

Bill Richardson on the government shutdown: "We're on the brink of a major decision, a catastrophic decision if we don't take action"

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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  1. joe

    with all this circus going on ask your friends like Donald trump and Richard quest what would happen if the opec starts to take the euro for basing their price of oil instead of the American dollar.....????

    October 16, 2013 at 12:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Buddie

      I really enjoy this program but to grace it with the presence of the biggest crook (correction, "alleged crook") NM has ever known is appalling. Really?????

      October 16, 2013 at 4:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. lisa

    I think that when all middle class people quit their jobs and joing Obama care and get on welfare, then president Obama will be happy. What is the point of working our buts off if we will be having the same amount of money as some one living off the goverment. My husband works about 70 hours a week and almost half of his paycheck goes on medical insurance and taxes. Thanks to Obama care, now we pay even more on medical insurance. We don't ask for goverment helpbut at this point people on food stamps and welfare have more food in their refrigiators than us. It is getting to the point that it might be better for our family for my husband to not even work. At least then my children will have food and shelter and medical. But I guess it doesn't matter as long as the president and democrats get their votes next election. I'm tiered off hearing people smash the republicans for all this. Everyone I know, who work , are with the republicans, we just don't have time to be doing polls or blogs because we are working.

    October 16, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      nice try Lisa........Bet your boyfriend pays your bills..................I BET.......wait till you get a job and have a sick child in the middle of your work week and see how fun it is to manange....Miss work, lose job, stress.........Keep up the dramatics, your fellow men in your age group will leave you in the cold and on your own, then let us know how you feel!

      October 16, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • lisa

        Learn how to read. I said husband not boyfriend. I have worked since I was 16 and I have mantained two full time jobs at a time while being pregnant. An ignorant person like yourself would not know about that. We work for our money. Try it some day.

        October 17, 2013 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • sm

      Sen cruz & Sarah Palin = " Leaders of the Tea Party " = Nazis = third reich = Domestic Terrorism ...............minority Republicans with the Confederate Flag!!! Truth...

      October 16, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Lisa

        Oh and by the way, I have had a sick child, and miss work and have got a warning for it. I know the stress and the hard work it involves. Oh wait but that's life.

        October 17, 2013 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. William Coolidge

    All elected representatives in Washington including the president were elected by the people, for the people and of the people. Washington has me in a situation to where I have to decide what bills to pay due to furlough. Since I have been placed in this situation by means beyond my control and as one of the people I here by terminate all of our elected officials employment. Stop the BS.

    October 16, 2013 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. tom

    Why would you have Bill Richardson everything he did in New Mexico failed, except enriching his buddies FOB's Friends of Bill

    October 16, 2013 at 1:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Leif Mortensen

    It seems like the democratic elected politicians are committing a crime to the American people and the world for that matter by not taking there responsibility serious. It is sad to vidness that the hard core of the Tea Party is controlling the bad and sad development. To some extent should the real responsible persons be sent to court and trailed for the damage they giving the society. It is not enough that they will not be elected at the next election but even if it happens they should face to be responsible for the crime they have committed by not acting as responsible politicians. It is not some kind of a game they are involved in it is real life.

    October 16, 2013 at 1:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Ammar Gangardiwala

    HATS OFF to you Mr. Piers Morgan for calling Mr. Gottlieb an IDIOT. What an IDIOT, laughing at Newton school shooting victims tragedy.

    October 16, 2013 at 10:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. papa lloyd

    i would like to comment on pres. Obama's OBAMA CARE .. the reason the web site isnt working is because it is .. IT"S just because no one wants it or any thing to do with it because it is being forced upon us !! If you put it to a vote by the American Public it would be voted OUT ..

    October 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      " PAPA" just wait, like every other working Federal program that ever was introduced and working, " It is going to work, and you have to tweek it as everything, and 20 million will apply and join." Promise you in 6 months.......Get back with me then. Cup is half full guy.............

      October 16, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Diane

      It seems it is OK for states to force you to have car insurance, which includes uninsured and underinsured motorists. Whether you like it or not you are paying for the uninsured to get medical treatment. Why not have them pay for their own health insurance coverage. My health insurance plan keeps going up because of people seeking medical treatment without insurance. It is time they buy their own healthcare plan!

      October 16, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. sm

    " WOW " That was stupid og the minority Tea Party trying to extort the whole U.S.A and its economy over a Voted, enacted " LAW " in Health Care Reform." Just cant let it go knowbody care about your little Tea Party Opinion..... Sen Cruz and Sarah Palin are " Nazis " And they are domestic terrorist who are going to LOSE..

    October 16, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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