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GOP Congressman To CNN Anchor: "You're Beautiful But You Need To Be Honest"

REP. TODD ROKITA (R-INDIANA): Well, the wrong way to go for the Senate not to produce a budget for the last four years. As a member of the Budget Committee, I'm proud of the budget we produced, it balanced in ten years, balanced one year before the 10-year window, and all we've seen from the Democrats and the president are budget proposals that never balance.

What we're fighting for at the end of the day, Carol, I don't know if you have children yet or grandchildren, you look much too young.


ROKITA: We're fighting for them. Every child doesn't want $60,000 of debt assigned to them of the public debt. And it continues to go on. It's not even the $17 trillion now, Carol. It's the $100 trillion on the way if we don't reform the way we do business in Washington, and that's really what the fight is about.

COSTELLO: No, this fight is about Obamacare in your mind. It's not about reforming the system. You're not talking about reforming our tax system, or et cetera, et cetera.

ROKITA: Do you know how much this law is going to cost? It's an insidious law because it's a lie. It says it's going to be affordable.


COSTELLO: Do you know how much it costs every day the government is partially shut down? You are taxpayers millions of dollars.

ROKITA: I understand that and Obama is going to cost the children of tomorrow $2 trillion just over the next 10 years. So, Obamacare hurts this economy. Obamacare hurts this country much more, much more than any government shutdown.

COSTELLO: Seriously, the debt ceiling fight coming up.

ROKITA: Seriously, Carol. Seriously, Carol.

COSTELLO: Obamacare hurts the country worse than not raising the debt ceiling?

ROKITA: Seriously, Carol.

COSTELLO: That's not what a bunch of Wall Street bankers told the president yesterday.

ROKITA: Well, I had a lot of CEOs in my office yesterday and they shared with me the same vision apparently some CEOs shared with the president. The CEOs in my offices yesterday were mothers and fathers and grandfathers and grandmothers as well.

And every generation, Carol, including ours, to date, has cared more about the future generation than ourselves. And if we don't change our ways, if we don't work together, if we don't get government spending under control, so we don't put on our plate --

COSTELLO: We're not working together. We're not remotely even working together.

ROKITA: Well, the one way we don't help the children of tomorrow is by putting $2 trillion more on their plate and that's what Obamacare spends over the next ten years. It's an insidious law. It's a lie. It is not providing more affordable health care. People are losing their health care.

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 like fighting the same fight over and over --

ROKITA: But it is. Carol, we seem to go around in circles.

COSTELLO: Right, we're going in circles. Right. That's what you guys are doing.

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.

COSTELLO: OK, I think we should leave it here. Thank you so much for joining me, Congressman Todd Rokita.

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