"I know your talking points. I know the other side's talking points. But can't we say, 'Look, we gotta do something in this country. This is going to bankrupt us.' And you people up there who are supposed to be representing us are making it perfectly clear you're gonna sit in your corners with your own talking points and we're gonna lose. We're gonna get nothing."
-- Shepard Smith, interviewing Republican John Thune of South Dakota
"What do you think is gonna happen if, after all this talk, you get up there and pass this bill through reconciliation with 51 votes? How do you think the partisan divide in this already messed-up country is gonna lay out? What do you think the right-wingers are gonna do? They're gonna explode."
-- Shepard Smith, interviewing Democratic Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland just a few minutes later