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Republicans Admit Shutting Down the Government over Obamacare Was Bad Policy

As the Republican government shutdown continues on day 14, wanted to make sure you saw comments on the Sunday shows from Republican senators admitting that shutting down the government over defunding or delaying the Affordable Care Act was bad policy:

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN): "To try to change a law that was central to the president's agenda was not something that was achievable” [Fox News Sunday, 10/13]

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH): “Well, I believe the defunding strategy was a failing strategy from the beginning. It's not something that I supported. …  I think it's time for conservative problem solvers to move forward, to govern the nation, to get things done. That's what Ronald Reagan did. And I think that's what we need to do as a party.” [CBS’s Face the Nation, 10/13]

Let's hope more Republicans join Sens. Corker and Ayotte in recognizing this flawed strategy and work with Democrats to reopen the government.