Ted Cruz, Debbie Dingell help Chuck Todd celebrate 70 years of 'Meet the Press'
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington Senate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration Live coverage: High drama as hardline immigration bill fails, compromise vote delayed 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 DingellGOP lawmaker calls on US Olympic Committee chief to resign Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers Dems urge Trump to reinstate top cyber post 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 RyanGeorge Will: Vote against GOP in midterms Trump tweet may doom House GOP effort on immigration On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump floats tariffs on European cars | Nikki Haley slams UN report on US poverty | Will tax law help GOP? It's a mystery 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 KlobucharDem senators introduce bill to ban controversial voter purges Democrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix 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 LeahyOvernight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases Senators 'deeply troubled' military lawyers being used for immigration cases Overnight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos MORE (D-Vt.), former national security adviser Susan Rice, Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentHouse GOP discharge petition supporter says he likely won’t sign a second one Ex-GOP lawmaker: Trump blaming Congress for his border separation policy is ‘a bunch of bull’ GOP chairwoman: Anyone who doesn't support Trump 'will be making a mistake' MORE (R-Pa.) and Hugh Hewitt.