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Video: Cold open: April 25, 2011

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    >>> china's economy is growing so fast that the international monetary fund has now named the date when it will surpass the united states . 2016 . so which political party really wants to be in charge when that happens?

    >> ending medicare so millionaires can get another tax break ? what were you thinking?

    >> i hope all of you had a wonderful easter.

    >> a spring awakening for voters as they discover republican plans to abolish medicare to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy.

    >> it's hardly a spring break .

    >> if you're going to raise any taxes at all, it's got to be on the rich.

    >> but republicans answer to a higher power .

    >> what would jesus take?

    >> no, not jesus.

    >> reverend norquist.

    >> the most powerful man in america who does not sleep in the white house .

    >> now, grover norquist is facing a challenge.

    >> republican tom coburn said this about tax reform .

    >> if taxes end up going up in some capacity, would you not be in violation of that?

    >> which pledge is more important, david? is the pledge to uphold your oath to the constitution of the united states or a pledge from a special interest group .

    >> grover norquist is accusing republican senator of oklahoma, tom coburn , of violating the pledge.

    >> willing to throw grover norquist under the bus.

    >> reporter: grover norquist joins us.

    >> it really does seem now everything is on the table.

    >> republicans who refuse to raise taxes continue to scare bankers and investors with threats to not raise the debt ceiling.

    >> i will vote no on raising the debt ceiling.

    >> dire warnings.

    >> absolutely unbelievable.

    >> disastrous for the economy.

    >> the alternative would be catastrophic for our economy.

    >> and donald trump 's birther talk is making him friends and enemies.

    >> the president was born here. the republicans are making a terrible mistake in making this a big issue.

    >> robert de niro , he did call you out. "i won't mention names, but certain people in the news -- go get the facts before you start saying things about people."

    >> well, he's not the brightest bulb on the planet.

    >> you talking to me.

    >> reverend franklin graham --

    >> the more you listen to him, the more you think, maybe the guy's right.

    >> one of the best interviews i've seen.

    >> kind of the way you watch a car wreck or something.

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