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The Congress-To-Cable News Pipeline Has A New Pundit: Mia Love

Former Rep. Mia Love on CNN
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Mia Love has joined CNN as a political commenter.

Former Rep. Mia Love made her debut this morning as a political commentator on CNN, following in the footsteps of other ex-members of Congress who’ve cashed in on TV deals.

Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” program alongside former Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Love discussed the government shutdown and partisan gridlock in Washington.

The former GOP Congresswoman lost her seat in Utah’s 4th District to Democrat Ben McAdams, who was sworn in last week.

Calling her departure from Congress “bittersweet,” Love told host John Berman she would be able to negotiate a deal with Democrats to reopen government if she were still serving.

“We would get it done,” she said, gesturing to Gutierrez.


Love said the current impasse is largely the fault of Congress for allowing the president to consolidate too much power.

“We actually had a really good comprehensive bill that we couldn't get through. It was just really frustrating to me because we’re leaving everything in the hands of the administration, that’s where it shouldn’t be,” she said.

Gutierrez said Democrats have no incentive to compromise with a president who changes his mind so frequently.

“[You] cannot negotiate with someone who doesn’t keep their word,” he said.

Love’s TV appearance drew comparisons online to former Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah’s 3rd Congressional District.

Chaffetz abruptly quit Congress in May of 2017 in order to join Fox News, where he regularly provides commentary and plays substitute host for Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.


Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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