In Rare Move, CNN Newsroom Shows Names of 49 Republican Lawmakers Who Declined Invite to Discuss El Paso and Dayton Attacks

By A.J. Katz 

CNN Newsroom apparently reached out 50 Republican lawmakers in hopes that they would come on the program to discuss the attacks in El Paso and Dayton that took place over the weekend.

According to co-anchor Jim Sciutto, only one of those 50 accepted an interview request.

The interview would focus on the potential for gun reform in light of the attacks.

“We asked 50 GOP lawmakers. 50, just to come on the air and talk about the issue,” said Sciutto, reporting from El Paso. “One said ‘yes,’ and we’ll be speaking to him later.”

Sciutto added: “Forget about votes, they don’t even want to talk about it in public.”

The broadcast then took the unusual step of running the names of those 49 lawmakers who declined to appear.

According to Sciutto, Florida congressman Ted Yoho was the only GOP lawmaker to accept the invite, and the anchor made a point of giving him credit for doing so.

“I want to give credit where credit is due here,” said Sciutto. “This broadcast reached out to 50 Republican lawmakers to speak about this issue today. 49 of them said, ‘no.’ Ted Yoho, a member of the House Freedom Caucus he said, ‘yes.'”

Scuitto added: “Congressman: We appreciate you coming on this morning.”

Rep. Yoho responded, “Thanks for having me on, Jim. It’s an important topic we need to talk about as a nation.”

This is not the first time a CNN program has publicly called out Republican lawmakers for declining to appear on their programming.

CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper called out GOP lawmakers who declined requests to be interviewed for yesterday’s broadcast.

Back in February 2018, then-New Day co-host Chris Cuomo called out three Republican lawmakers for going on Fox & Friends, and not CNN to discuss the Parkland school shooting: Then-Florida governor Rick Scott, Florida senator Marco Rubio and Texas senator Ted Cruz.

However, Gov. Scott would appear on CNN that evening, and Sen. Rubio would go on to do a Parkland-focused CNN Town Hall roughly a week later.

Sen. Cruz tweeted that he had spoken with CNN the previous day: