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Continued: Paulsen willing to 'look at anything' to end government shutdown

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 1, 2013 - 10:06 PM

Q: Let me ask you the kind of question you’d get in a town hall: “You Republicans are all in the throes of the Tea Party extremists, why don’t you jettison them and do a deal with the Democrats?”

A: That’s been part of my conversation with Ron Kind. … An all-or-nothing approach is not a solution to the impasse that we’re at. The reality is that when this ends, and it will end, it will be bipartisan in conclusion. It has to be. One side is not going to get everything they want.

 

Q: Isn’t there a precedent that’s being set here? If you can introduce something like Obamacare, that’s been settled law for a few years, and put that into a budget discussion, what keeps anybody from bringing up any issue in any year’s budget resolution?

A: Any law can be changed, obviously, at any time. Even knowing the president has changed or delayed parts of the law on his own. … And there continue to be a lot of questions about employment with the law, and now health insurance premiums as the rollout takes place, it’s only natural there’s going to be heightened awareness.

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