Whitehouse will debate Ted Cruz on CNN’s ‘Crossfire’ ThursdayOctober 9th, 2013 at 8:31 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will debate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas – who has become one of the most prominent Republicans in the country for leading the GOP’s shutdown fight – on Thursday’s evening edition of “Crossfire,” the venerable political program CNN recently revived. The program airs at 6:30 p.m.
“The senators and the hosts will debate the latest developments in the partial government shutdown and the looming congressional battle over raising the federal debt ceiling,” a CNN spokeswoman said in an email. Newt Gingrich and Van Jones will also be on the show.
It should be quite a clash of views.
Cruz is a rising Republican star in Congress already being discussed as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, and he thinks the Affordable Care Act is a grave threat to the future of the United States. Whitehouse is, of course, Rhode Island’s second-term junior senator and a vocal liberal Democrat who feels more free than ever to speak his mind after his landslide re-election victory last November.
Whitehouse has made clear he thinks Cruz himself is a political disaster for the GOP.
“The 2014 elections are coming up,” Whitehouse said on WPRI 12′s Newsmakers last month. “I think anybody who has done the kind of damage to the economy that shutting down the government will do – or done the kind of damage to the world economy that failing to raise the debt limit would do, or failed to pass the bipartisan, very responsible Senate immigration bill – is going to have a real problem going back to their voters in 2014.”
“The big correction for moments like this is always in the hands of the American people,” he continued. “And how the Republicans field a presidential candidate in 2016 while they’re this discombobulated – I mean, you know, if we put up Hillary and they put up Ted Cruz, it’s going to be a burial. So they’ve got some real thinking to do about what the Republican Party is supposed to mean.”
(graphic: CNN, via Twitter)