Anderson Cooper Battles GOP Rep. Raul Labrador: You're Getting Real Questions Here
- Published on Oct 8, 2013
- 10/7/13 - Anderson Cooper faced off with Republican congressman Raul Labrador on Monday night, telling him at one point during a heated back-and-forth on media bias that he should expect tough questions whenever he goes on a network that isn't Fox News. Cooper kept asking why the GOP is fighting a law that was passed by Congress, upheld by the Supreme Court, and was politically upheld when President Obama won reelection. They battled over whether this was really that big an issue in 2012, with Labrador calling that an "absolutely false" narrative.
Labrador also found it odd that only Obama's reelection counts, and the Republicans holding a majority in the House in 2012 doesn't. Cooper shot back, "You're nullifying two presidential elections and you're nullifying the vote of Congress because you don't like it." When Labrador asked why on earth they would ever put a clean CR up for a vote, Cooper responded, "'Cause that's how things work."
When Labrador accused Cooper of being biased against Republicans, Cooper didn't let him off easy for that.
"This is the way it works in journalism. 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."