GOP Congressman hits on CNN anchor, mansplains government shutdown

“Carol, you’re beautiful, but you have to be honest as well," said Rep. Todd Rokita

By Prachi Gupta

Published October 3, 2013 6:03PM (EDT)

Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita's defense of the government shutdown on CNN's "Newsroom" last night devolved into an epic mansplaining session when Rokita was distracted by anchor Carol Costello's youthful beauty.

Rikita lightly flirted with the anchor, saying, "What we're fighting for at the end of the day, Carol — I don't know if you have children yet, or I'm sure you don't have grandchildren yet, you look much too young — but we're fighting for them."

Getting back on topic, Rikita called Obamacare "an insidious law," saying, "it is not providing more affordable health care.”

"I think most Americans would say fight that fight separate from the federal budget,” Costello responded, frustrated on behalf of the millions affected by the shutdown. “Don’t partially shut down the government, don’t make things worse by fighting the same fight over and over.”

"Obamacare hurts this country much more than -- much more -- than any government shutdown," Rikita alleged.

Costello began to protest, saying, "Seriously, even--"

"Seriously, Carol. Seriously, Carol. Seriously, Carol. Serious. Seriously, Carol," Rokita said, over and over again, until he decided that "you’re part of the problem. The media is part of the problem as well."

“Oh, come on,” Costello cried. “That so easy.”

“Oh, come on, Carol,” the congressman mimicked, adding, “Carol, you’re beautiful, but you have to be honest as well.”

“Okay, I think we should leave it here,” Costello said firmly.

Seriously, Carol!

Prachi Gupta

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