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Watch Ali Velshi Call Republican Cory Gardner a ‘Democratic Senator From New Jersey’

While discussing the group of Republican senators who were involved in drafting the GOP Senate’s health care bill that was unveiled yesterday, MSNBC host Ali Velshi made a major faux pas that seems even more inexplicable when taken within the context of the segment.

Standing in front of a large monitor, Velshi wanted to highlight all of the campaign contributions the 13 GOP senators had received from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries, obviously as a way to show they were influenced by the money.

Anyway, while going down the list of lawmakers and how much cash they’d taken, he came upon Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO). And it appears he confused him with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

“Cory Gardner, Democratic Senator from New Jersey, $151,000,” Velshi exclaimed. He then continued down his list without skipping a beat.

Later on in the program, Velshi highlighted his error, pointing out he had mistaken Gardner for Booker while stating he had “misspoke.”

Below is his mea culpa:

This is the second embarrassing mistake Velshi’s made this week while talking about a member of the Senate. Shortly after the Senate Republicans’ health care bill was released, Velshi mentioned that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) was speaking on the Senate floor. And he described the Senate Minority Whip as “Ohio Senator Dick Durbin, deputy leader in the House.”

Sigh.

Watch the Velshi mix up Gardner and Booker at the top of the page, via MSNBC.

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