Ted Cruz, Debbie Dingell help Chuck Todd celebrate 70 years of 'Meet the Press'
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE and NBC News host Chuck Todd got to turn the tables on one another, playing switcharoo onstage as they celebrated the 70th anniversary of “Meet the Press.”

The Texas Republican was one of three public figures — including Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellEx-Dem lawmaker on GOP memo release: ‘Lock every single one of these bastards up’ Wife of deported Detroit man: ‘It’s a nightmare’ Shutdown debate heats up Trump's powder keg of a State of the Union MORE (D-Mich.) and “Today’s” Savannah Guthrie — who appeared Thursday at the Newseum in Washington to take turns grilling Todd in a mock, roast-like “Meet the Press” segment.

“President Trump has tweeted that your organization is fake news. How do you respond to those allegations?” Cruz asked Todd.

“You can’t pay attention to every comings and goings on Twitter,” Todd replied. “At the end of the day, we’re just trying to do the bidding of the American people with a great tax bill,” he said before pausing. “Oh sorry, that was Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan MORE.”


“I think you’ve just proven your disclaimer that TV hosts can’t do comedy,” remarked Cruz, who’s tangled with Todd before on the Sunday morning show.

“One final question that everyone here wants to know,” Cruz continued with a sly smile. “Are you, in fact, the Zodiac killer?”

“Never proven,” Todd chuckled.

The question was a reference to a popular meme during the 2016 presidential campaign that alleged that Cruz was the Zodiac killer. The killer, who’s never been identified, murdered at least five people in Northern California in the 1960s and 1970s.

The first two deaths took place two years before Cruz was born.

“On Tuesday,” Dingell said during her line of questioning, “Democrats won legislative seats across the country. Do you blame Nancy Pelosi?”

Guthrie also got a dig in, saying to Todd, “President Trump has referred to you in tweets as ‘Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd,’” before cracking, “I don’t really have a question here.”

In remarks later to the crowd, Todd, 45, said, “I love the fact that we can have a little laugh here with a Republican, a Democrat, and a member of the media.”

“That’s what I love about ‘Meet the Press,’” said Todd, who’s served as moderator of the long-running show since 2014. “It’s the one institution that can be adversarial without being confrontational.”

“In so many ways, the noisier it gets every single hour of our news cycle, the sheer volume that comes in, suddenly I think a lot of Americans are realizing, hey, Sundays are a pretty good day for a reflection of politics, too," he added.

Also spotted at the exclusive 70th anniversary event: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Dems seek reversal of nursing home regulatory rollback MORE (D-Minn.), Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), NBC News’s Tom Brokaw and Andrea Mitchell, CNN’s Dana Bash, Maureen Orth, Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyGrassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees Popular bill to fight drug prices left out of budget deal Judiciary Dems want public hearings with Kushner, Trump Jr. MORE (D-Vt.), former national security adviser Susan Rice, Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentPennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map Outgoing GOP rep: Republican Party 'heading into trouble' in election Sunday shows preview: Russian charges, Florida shooting dominate coverage MORE (R-Pa.) and Hugh Hewitt.