Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) took on both Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) and former Obama czar Van Jones during a spirited debate on CNN’s “Crossfire” over the current effort to defund Obamacare.
After Jones asked if she was willing to “shut down” the federal government to defund Obamacare, Bachmann said that’s the “opposite” of what the GOP plans to do.
She explained that Republican leadership in the House is determined to pass legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown and avoid a historic national default while simultaneously canceling out President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
Jones then said that Bachmann and other Republicans “sound like my kids.”
“My kids are like, ‘I didn’t eat that cookie, he ate that cookie.’ I’m not trying to shut down the government, Obama’s trying to shut down the government,” Jones said. “You have smuggled into what should be a normal bill, a continuing resolution to keep the government going, this completely other thing about Obamacare. You have got to take responsibility for that.”
That’s when Rep. Rangel chimed in, calling Bachmann a “very good legislator” and “lawyer.” The pleasantries ended there, however.
“You’re a lawyer and you’re a lawmaker and you know it is impossible to repeal a law by making it a poison pill in something that tears down the government. You know that!” the New York Democrat barked.
Over the next several minutes, Rangel shouted over Bachmann as the two argued over whether Obamacare could ever really be repealed in its entirety.
“Doesn’t it take two bodies and the president’s signature?” Rangel snarked. “What are you talking about?!”
S.E. Cupp tried to act as a moderator, telling them “one at a time,” but it didn’t help matters much.
The “Crossfire” panel also discussed the debt ceiling and President Obama’s apparent unwillingness to negotiate with Republicans. Watch below via CNN:
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