Previewing the interview with Representative Joe Walsh of Illinois, Bashir noted that he has refused congressional health care. The anchor solemnly wondered, "Is that his idea of health care for every American?"
Bashir, who previously co-anchored ABC's Nightline, offered this loaded question to the Republican: "You're a freshman in this Congress. Are you satisfied that your first significant act in Washington will help bring the government to a standstill?"
The cable host closed out this interview and then snidely segueing to his next guest: "And for more on the political ramifications of this budget battle, including, hopefully, a little truth serum, let's bring in NBC news analyst and senior political editor at the Huffington Post, Howard Fineman."
A transcript of the segment, which aired at 3:10pm EST, follows: