Megyn Kelly Kicks Off in Primetime with Cruz: ‘What’s It Like To Be The Most Hated Man in America?’

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly made her primetime debut on Monday night’s The Kelly File, and kicked it off talking the government shutdown with Senator Ted Cruz. Kelly opened the interview with a simple question: “What’s it like to be the most hated man in America?”

Cruz mostly deferred, saying Americans don’t care about partisan bickering and blaming President Obama and Senate Democrats for opposing funding specific agencies. Kelly pointed out it’s because they oppose piecemeal bills, and brought up Cruz’s high unfavorable ratings. She questioned whether Cruz’s outspokenness on Obamacare is “costing” him and the GOP politically.

Cruz said, “I don’t intend to defend myself, I don’t intend to reciprocate.” Kelly showed a clip of Obama commenting on him, leading Cruz to remark it’s “pretty remarkable” Obama would go after him, and accusing him of being “AWOL” in real negotiations of the debt.

Kelly noted how many Republicans are worried that Cruz “might be costing the Republicans the one body they now control,” the House of Representatives. Cruz maintained that Obamacare is “the most important fight for Republicans to win politically in 2014” and a victory for him would be to prevent “enormous harm” being done to the American people by the health care law.

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

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