Ted Cruz, Debbie Dingell help Chuck Todd celebrate 70 years of 'Meet the Press'
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 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 DingellOvernight Cybersecurity: Flynn guilty plea brings Russia probe closer to White House | NSA worker admits to removing classified info | Dems revive data breach bill | Uber security managers step down State Dept insists cyber a priority despite office closure Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics 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 RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids 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 KlobucharFranken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics 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 LeahyAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign America isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Your tax dollars fund Afghan child rape MORE (D-Vt.), former national security adviser Susan Rice, Rep. Charlie DentCharles(Charlie) Wieder DentJuan Williams: The GOP has divided America Republicans pursue two-week spending bill GOP could punt funding fight to January MORE (R-Pa.) and Hugh Hewitt.