Rand Paul: 'I think it's a dumb idea to shut down the government'

08/22/2013 10:28 AM

As Republicans search for ways to roll back or at least delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s next phase, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that forcing a government shut down would be “a dumb idea.”

In response to a question from CNN’s John King, who was in Louisville to cover U.S. Sen. McConnell and Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, Paul said he didn’t consider threats of a government shut down anything more than leverage.

“I think it’s a dumb idea to shut down the government,” Paul said. “I am in favor of the House, which Republicans control, using their leverage and every possible means to make the bill less bad.”

Paul stood next to McConnell after the two spoke at the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Ham Breakfast at the Kentucky State Fair and started by rebutting Gov. Steve Beshear’s speech in which he defended the Affordable Care Act for pumping more health care funding into Kentucky.


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