Oct. 13 - Hundreds of veterans gather to demand the reopening of national war memorials. Republican Senator Ted Cruz and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin joined the protest. Linda So reports.
In the shadow of the Washington Monument, hundreds of military veterans gather on the Capitol Mall Sunday. Their message... reopen the nation's war memorials that have closed because of the government shutdown. Holding signs and American flags, the veterans were joined by Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who is leading the charge to defund Obamacare. SOUNDBITE: REPUBLICAN SENATOR FROM TEXAS, TED CRUZ, SAYING: "Two weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed legislation to open every memorial and every federal park in this country. Two weeks ago, the President of the United States signed a written veto threat, he said 'if you open the memorial, I will veto it.'" Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was also there to greet the crowd. SOUNDBITE: FORMER REPUBLICAN VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SARAH PALIN SAYING: "Our vets have proven that they have not been timid, so we will not be timid in calling out any who would use our military, our vets, as pawns in a political game." Congress has been in a fiscal stalemate that has forced the country into a government shutdown and now threatens to hurt the economy even more if lawmakers don't reach a deal on the debt limit.