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

08/22/2013 11:28 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.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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