GOP's Raul Labrador to CNN's Cooper: 'You Don't Like Republicans in Control'

Tuesday, 08 Oct 2013 06:42 AM

By Greg Richter

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CNN's Anderson Cooper and Rep. Raul Labrador got into a heated debate Monday night on "Anderson Cooper 360"  as Cooper pressed Labrador on why Republicans aren't allowing a vote on a "clean continuing resolution" to stop the budget impasse.

"But why should we?" the Idaho Republican asked.

"Because that's how things work," Cooper said. "Your job is to vote on things."

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"So when Nancy Pelosi was the speaker of the House you asked her to vote on things that the Republican Party wanted?" Labrador responded. "But all of a sudden, just because you don't like the fact that the Republicans are in control of the House of Representatives, you want to make sure that the Republicans actually pass the Democrat …"

"I don't have a stake in this," Cooper interrupted.

"You seem to," Labrador said.

"This is the way it works in journalism," Cooper said. "When you're not on Fox News, you get contentious interviews. When you're not on MSNBC and a liberal, you get contentious interviews. My job is to ask you questions that are different than you think."

Cooper said he would next be interviewing Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, and asking questions that pushed back on his position.

Not everyone agreed that he fulfilled his promise:



Cooper did point out to Cummings that Labrador said that Obamacare was passed with "sleight of hand and parlor tricks."

"Look," Cummings answered, "no matter what, it passed."




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