VIDEO: CNN host asks GOP Reps if they’ll forgo pay during government shutdown, awkwardness ensues

On CNN this Monday, host Ashleigh Banfield put two GOP representatives on the spot, asking if they’d forgo their paychecks in the event of a government shutdown.

On CNN this Monday, host Ashleigh Banfield put two GOP representatives on the spot, asking if they’d forgo their paychecks in the event of a government shutdown.

During the segment, Banfield directly asked Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) how much they’d be willing to sacrifice to show solidarity with the American people in case a shutdown actually happened.

“So you are both paid $174,000 a year, and that is the salary,” Banfield started out. “Would you be prepared to add some rider or amendment on to a continuing resolution that would take you out of the essential services category and stop payment on your paychecks in order to get a continuing resolution through?”

After a long pause, the two awkwardly tried to direct the conversation to a different topic, but the CNN host didn’t let them off that easily.

Watch the exchange in the video below.



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    PC in SC

    September 30, 2013 at 8:51 pm


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    Joel-Steven Voicedude

    September 30, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Sadly, the video cuts off before any (albeit lame) response. Incomplete….

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    Jim S

    September 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Good for her! A-hole repubs can’t answer the question because they only care about themselves and not you, me, or anyone else!
    Horrible people. Vote out all Republicans!

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    Mel Miller

    September 30, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Wouldn’t both Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Dana Rohrabacher make good filibuster facilitators? They REFUSE to say, “Yes” or “No”.

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    September 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm


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    Lynn Janczak

    September 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm


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    Random Dhu

    September 30, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Keep asking the question. It shows them for what they are.

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    September 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm

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    September 30, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Any body surprised they won’t give a straight answer? I’m not.

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    September 30, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    It seems like Rohrabacher was (possibly, maybe) about to answer the question when the video cut off.

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    October 1, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Please go away…

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    Joel-Steven Voicedude

    October 1, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Here’s his answer – it’s a pure cop out!:

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    October 1, 2013 at 12:44 am

    So you are equating what ONE celebrity voiced as his opinion as a small portion of a public service film about being an active citizen to an elected representative who is paid by my tax dollars and refuses to answer a yes or no question? No wonder this country is in trouble – the uneducated and uninformed assume that their opinions are of greater weight than facts and reality. Guess that’s what you get when you think Fox is a “news” channel, poor thing.

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    Mike Newman

    October 1, 2013 at 12:56 am

    there is no pause

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    October 1, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Ron White said it best…….”You Can’t Fix Stupid”

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    October 1, 2013 at 1:36 am

    I Googled the entire clip. The Rep said, ‘we should be treated no different than the average Federal employee.’ This video cut off his answer.

    I get annoyed when stuff is edited like that for FB.

    I do really like the CNN anchor put them on the spot, as she should to every politician right now. But we also should get the entire story.


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    October 1, 2013 at 1:51 am

    You know what I find hilarious about you people is that if you ask a Democrat the same question you WILL get the same answer. But you people would rather cast stones at glass houses I guess!

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    Kenneth C. Liverman

    October 1, 2013 at 1:54 am

    I am fairly certain that if two Democrats were asked the same question they too would stammer, look dumbly at the camera and also try to redirect the question rather than give an honest answer…because the honest answer is that neither party is willing to give up any of their salaries or perks and live like the majority of the people they are supposed to represent. The time is way past when all currently serving congressional politicians need to be summarily fired and replaced by some people with a sense of duty to the people instead of themselves!

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    Steve Moore

    October 1, 2013 at 2:41 am

    I don’t see any politician willing to give up their salary for the good of the nation. President on down. Not one single one worth the money we pay them. NONE OF THEM

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    October 1, 2013 at 2:55 am

    I was thinking, “Could they find two bigger assholes than these two?” Then I realized, yeah they could. They’re all assholes.

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    October 1, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Kinda left off the answer didn’t ya? Sketchy journalism.


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    October 1, 2013 at 3:03 am

    He did answer, sloppy journalism attempting to make it look even worse than it already was.


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    October 1, 2013 at 3:40 am


    Full interview. Last 45 seconds gives a ‘yes’ answer.

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    October 1, 2013 at 3:55 am

    “…the Speaker declared Obamacare “the law of the land” after President Obama was re-elected.”

    He also said he would not negotiate with President Obama one-on-one, privately any more, the first day of the 113th Congress in January this year.

    So much for President Obama and the Senate being the ones refusing to negotiate, according to Republican talking points.

    Instead, Boehner most recently suggests President Obama negotiate with Senate leader Harry Reid. Yup, Obama should negotiate with the leader of his own party in the Senate, with whom he is in complete agreement.

    This is like a 9 year old intent on getting his allowance raised telling Dad to consult with Mom and come back to him when they’ve agreed on $10 a day AND no chores.

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    October 1, 2013 at 4:33 am

    I don’t see her asking any Democrats the same question.

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    October 1, 2013 at 4:42 am

    why stop there? Why not all Dem and Gop Reps? Why be one sided?

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    Don Morgan

    October 1, 2013 at 4:48 am

    It’s time for all the b.s. to stop. if Gov, is shut down and money stops for gov. workers then our over paid Senators & others need there money to stop also. fare is fare. this law needs changed . how did they ever sneek that by the common people who put them in office. we need some leader to step forward and take the led bringing our country back(If possible. GOD BLESS AMERICA

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    Linda Luciani

    October 1, 2013 at 5:15 am

    I just want to know why the video cut off before they gave her a straight answer. It’s seems the cut was timed perfectly.

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    pw herman

    October 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    zannasmom…he was saying “let me ask you a question” when the tape ended…that doesn’t sound like he was preparing an “yes” or “no” to me.

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    kirk tilton

    October 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    they keep avoiding the question!!!!!!!! of course they are not going to forgo there pay!! what I cant understand is they make $175k a year!! working! but when they retire they get double that!!!! WTF!!!!!!!!!

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    October 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Interesting that I see people here saying to vote out all republicans, calling them hypocrites, etc.

    Do you all really think that the Democrat’s are willing to give up their paycheck?

    If you believe that then you are all living in fantasy land and probably believe that Obama Care is going to save all US health care issues.

    Neither party, Democrat nor Republican will be willing to give up their paycheck in order to make statement…

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    October 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Vote every last one out! They don’t deserve their pay! Selfish, pieces of Shi…..

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    Alicia Jacocks

    October 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    even so they had plenty of time to answer it only takes two seconds to say yes or no

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    Margie Redmon

    October 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Of course they are not willing to forego their paychecks. Don’t you know that they are above the unwashed proletariat?

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    Rayanne Stemmler

    October 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I can’t believe CNN actually tried to get a straight answer out of these GD politicians!

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    October 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Also, if you want to see the entire video, with the answer Rohrabacher gave, go the theblaze.com. This site seems to have cut out a very large portion of this interview.

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    October 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Republicans do not care about poor people unless they need votes. They are so far in the pocket of big corporations that they should have to wear jackets with company logos on them.

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    October 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Where are all the Dem’s stating that they will go unpaid along with everyone else during this?

    The Dem’s will not give up their pay to take a stand..

    Also, The question was answered, find this interview elsewhere to see it all.

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    pay attention

    October 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    It cuts off caus we get nothing but them talking over one anuther talking about how thare familys funds went down and the goveement didnt want them to even give a response to that thay never really answer its just a bunch of run around

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    October 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Bulldog!! You go, girl!

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    October 1, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    why dont we ask a (D) the same question… because you will get same answer

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    Blue Wolf Bosh

    October 1, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Rather than answer a plain, simple, yes or no question, they just continue spewing their rhetoric and ignore the question completely.

    It should not surprise anyone that a group of people who hate government do whatever they can to destroy government when given power in government.

    They obviously agreed completely with Rush Limbaugh when he said that he would rather see the government, aka the United States of America and “We the People”, fail than for President Obama to succeed.

    Why would anyone be surprised by their actions and the extremes they will go to.

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    October 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    That’s what I was thinking … did they ever answer it?

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    Reba Frankhouser

    October 1, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    I don’t see any Democrats giving up their pay either. It’s not just the Republicans…..it is government as a whole. My husband and I are both government employees and are both affected by the shutdown and are both Republicans. Don’t blame one party….it takes two to tango.

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    John robyn

    October 1, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Doesn’t matter if the video cut off. She asked the question and wanted a simple, yes or no. Obviously, by not answering the question directly the first time asked, we indeed got their answer, “NO”. Sad and what a disservice to our country.

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    October 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Oh right because having a complete house of Democrats would lead to a perfect system of checks and balance… now wouldn’t it?

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    Mike Tragesser

    October 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Dead State cut off Rohrabacher’s answer, as he continued to say that whatever happens to federal employees should also happen to congress, be that pay, benefits, retirement or health care. Why did you not include his answer?

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    October 1, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    which video were you watching….because I didn’t hear them even try to answer the question……there was plenty response,,,,,just NOT to the question asked….

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    October 1, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    lol…..yeah after being asked several times and trying his best to answer what he wanted. If he would’ve answered the question immediately the video wouldn’t have cut off…..and I’m betting what he did say after the cut off was NOT an answer to the question…

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    Joel-Steven Voicedude

    October 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Untrue. I’d bet if asked, most Dems would say ‘yes’. Let’s face it: we ALL agree that most wouldn’t want to and they ALL should, but these two WERE asked and their five minute avoidance says it all. His final ‘answer’, as you call it, was no answer at all – merely a confirmation that, if forced along with everyone else, he’d comply. Sorry, but that is no way a ‘yes’.

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    Joel-Steven Voicedude

    October 2, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    He answered NOTHING! Now I’d bet if asked, most Dems would say ‘yes’. Let’s face it: we ALL agree that most wouldn’t want to and they ALL should, but these two WERE asked & their five minute avoidance says it all. His final ‘answer’, as you call it, was no answer at all – merely a confirmation that, if forced along with everyone else, he’d comply. Sorry, but that is no way a ‘yes’.

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    Joel-Steven Voicedude

    October 2, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    That’s just it, Jim: he answered NOTHING! Look above, you’ll see I was the first to point out it’s incompletion, so I googled & watched it. But THAT is still a non-answer! Let’s face it: we ALL agree that most wouldn’t want to and they ALL should, but these two WERE asked and their five minute avoidance says it all. His final response was no answer at all – merely a confirmation that, if forced along with everyone else, he’d comply. Sorry, but that is no way a ‘yes’.

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    October 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Yeah but its the GOP that keeps voting for things that are killing the middle class.. they have not voted in favor of any jobs bills, any legislation that penalizes of shoring jobs, tax increases for the 1% and corporations who manage to pay almost no taxes. Lets face it the GOP is the party of No and working and middle class people who vote for them are cutting their own throats.

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    October 3, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Might want to rethink your voting choices.

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    Cary Patrick Martin

    May 4, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    The Democrats weren’t shutting down the government.

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    Tom Maniaci

    May 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    No, it doesn’t ‘take two to tango’. The republicans are the obstructionists, period, end of sentence. As for democrats giving up their pay, they are not the ones shutting down the government. Because, like I said, it doesn’t take two.

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    May 4, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    You vote for the very ones that say you are a waste?And you wonder why things are screwed up!

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