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CNN Caught Planting Debate Questions... Again

CNN Caught Planting Debate Questions... Again

J.D. Durkin | Mediaite -- 

Last night, CNN aired a rather unique live broadcast experiment: a one-on-one debate between Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz of Texas about the Affordable Care Act and the future of socialized medicine in the United States.

In keeping with many of the Town Hall-style events that the network has bullishly aired as of late, the event, moderated by Jake Tapperand Dana Bash, included questions from the crowd. But keen Reddit users noticed that one of the women appeared to read off her contribution from a printed sheet of paper that included the words, “Your Question” at the top.

As the first hour of the event drew to a close, Tapper introduced Carol Hardaway, who he identified as, “One of the Americans who benefitted from Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.” The Salisbury, Maryland native proceeded to stand up and direct her question at Senator Cruz, saying:

I have Multiple Sclerosis, but could not afford insurance. Without the treatment of medications I need, I had problems with walking, my speech, and my vision. When the Affordable Care Act was passed, I moved from our home in Texas because they refused to expand medicaid, to Maryland. And in two weeks, I started to receive treatments through medicaid, and I’m well enough to work as a substitute teacher. Senator Cruz, can you promise me that you and the Republican leaders in Congress will actually have a replacement plan in place for people like me who depend on their medicaid. In other words, I like my coverage. Can I keep it?

After Hardaway recounted her touching personal story, Cruz earned himself a few headlines for his rather bizarre response in which he congratulated the MS patient on her struggles ―”Congratulations on dealing with MS, it’s a terrible disease and congratulations on your struggles dealing with it,” he replied.

But Hardaway clearly read off her question from a sheet of paper that looks as if it was printed from her personal G-Mail account; at the top of that sheet of paper are the words “Your Question” in bold.

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