Colbert on shutdown: Republicans already compromised on ‘having Mitt Romney be president’

By Travis Gettys
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 7:55 EDT
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Colbert Report 10-8-13
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Stephen Colbert celebrated the first Monday in October, and the one-week anniversary of the government shutdown, by popping some bubbly.

The host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” said he’d celebrate with milk, not Champagne, because food inspectors had been furloughed during the shutdown.

“For some reason, my milk is bubbly now,” he said.

Colbert showed a series of video clips of Republican lawmakers blaming President Barack Obama for the shutdown, saying they were more than willing to negotiate.

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) each were quoted as saying they’d backed off their initial demands to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act, but were instead willing to simply delay the law for a year or so.

Colbert said those positions were more than reasonable.

“Every one of those offers is a compromise from the Republicans’ original offer: having Mitt Romney be president,” Colbert said. “But — surprise, surprise — Obama wouldn’t negotiate on that, either.”

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