Rep. Todd Rokita (R., Ind.) delivered an emotional case in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act Thursday on CNN.
Host Carol Costello pressed the Indiana congressman on the actions of the House GOP, asking incredulously if Rokita really thought Obamacare would be more damaging to the country than the current government shutdown.
Rokita replied the Affordable Care Act's $2 trillion tab over the next 1o years will absolutely be more damaging to America and future generations than today's shutdown.
Seeming to concede the point, Costello then asked Rokita why the GOP does not "fight that fight" separate from the federal budget to avert a shutdown.
Rokita, noting Obamacare is integrally connected to the federal budget, slammed the CNN anchor and her question, telling Costello "you are part of the problem, the media is part of the problem":
CAROL COSTELLO: I think most Americans would say fight that fight separate from the federal budget. Don't partially shut down the government. Don't make things worse fighting the same fight —
TODD ROKITA: But it is. We seem to go around in circles.
COSTELLO: Right, we're going in circles right circles that's what you guys are doing.
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ROKITA: You're part of the problem, the media is part of the problem as well.
COSTELLO: Come on, that's so easy. That's so easy.
ROKITA: Carol, you're beautiful but you have to be honest as well.