Ted Cruz, Debbie Dingell help Chuck Todd celebrate 70 years of 'Meet the Press'
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOn The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP Trump tests GOP loyalty with election tweet and stimulus strategy Republicans dismiss Trump proposal to delay election 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 DingellCourt orders release of Black Michigan teen who was jailed for missing schoolwork Lobbying world Great American Outdoors Act will deliver critical investments to our national parks, forests 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 RyanDemocratic super PAC quotes Reagan in anti-Trump ad set to air on Fox News: 'Are you better off?' Trump lashes out at Reagan Foundation after fundraising request The Memo: Trump's grip on GOP loosens as polls sink 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 KlobucharSenators press Postal Service over complaints of slow delivery GOP sparks backlash after excluding election funds from COVID-19 bill Hillicon Valley: Feds warn hackers targeting critical infrastructure | Twitter exploring subscription service | Bill would give DHS cyber agency subpoena power 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 LeahyVermont has a chance to show how bipartisanship can tackle systemic racism VOA visa decision could hobble Venezuela coverage Hillicon Valley: Twitter bans thousands of QAnon accounts | Bipartisan support grows for election funds in Senate stimulus bill | Senate committee advances bill to ban TikTok from federal devices MORE (D-Vt.), former national security adviser Susan Rice, Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: WHO vs. Trump; Bernie's out The biggest political upsets of the decade Ex-GOP lawmaker: Former colleagues privately say they're 'disgusted and exhausted' by Trump MORE (R-Pa.) and Hugh Hewitt.