Ted Cruz, Debbie Dingell help Chuck Todd celebrate 70 years of 'Meet the Press'
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzViral video shows O’Rourke air-drumming to the Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’ after Cruz debate Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate NY Times, McCabe give Trump perfect cover to fire Rosenstein, Sessions 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 DingellFormer Rep. John Dingell returns to Twitter after heart attack John Dingell suffers heart attack, said to be ‘in good spirits’ The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil 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 RyanHow does the 25th Amendment work? Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act GOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign 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 KlobucharSenate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls GOP in striking distance to retake Franken seat 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 LeahyDem senator praises Ford opening the door to testifying Ford opens door to testifying next week Senate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh MORE (D-Vt.), former national security adviser Susan Rice, Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentGOP House candidate placed on leave from longtime position after sexual misconduct allegation Election handicapper moves GOP leader's race to 'toss-up' The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Pa.) and Hugh Hewitt.