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Our next guest suggests Republicans will survive this shut down Republican senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina serves on the senate armed services.
Committees senator you have seen this movie before you were a freshman congressman back in 1995.
So what do you think about Republican prospects.
Of coming out of this one without being blamed for it by voters.
-- Take a hit in the short term but six months from now.
We're not going to be talking about the government shutdown of October 2013.
We're going to be talking about how obamacare is killing jobs and people are confused and can't sign up and how bad the obamacare is for the economy so we'll take a short term yet but Democrats up for elections when he fourteen.
I have a big burden to carry into that elections call obamacare.
But you have also been quoted as saying that you don't believe that the actions that had taken place in the Republican controlled house have been the best tactic.
Finally the tactic of trying to defund obamacare -- -- and the government where the president was gonna Bandar will never made a whole lot of sense to me.
-- what the house should continue to do is attack obamacare on all fronts but the government shut down needs to get behind us but there is.
The idea of not negotiating.
By the senate Democrats to me is absurd.
So now -- house Republicans -- some compromise to be had on obamacare 34 democratic senators voted to repeal.
The medical device tax part of funding obamacare this killing jobs in the medical device industry there -- some common ground about obamacare itself.
That would allow us to reopen the government and change Obama -- for the better so I democratic colleagues in the senate.
Are taking a very irresponsible approach saying we won't negotiate with the house the house is actually become.
Much more compromising in nature but here's something nobody's talked about.
The government shut down -- 95 -- 96 was before 9/11.
I was just at a hearing about fifteen minutes ago -- director clapper and.
General Alexander the head of NSA said that 70% of our intelligence community's been furloughed.
Not that they are not essential.
But under the law -- didn't keep bonus from ones to deal would direct threats.
They said that our national security is very much compromise.
By the government shutdown that were less safe.
If that is true.
Have they tell that the commander in chief.
If what they tell this is true and I believe it to be true where is our commander in chief.
Why zinni on the phone right now calling the senate and house leadership and selling them.
Our nation is at risk because of the government shut down.
Is compromising intelligence gathering capabilities.
It will help the terrorists and hurt us in terms of defending ourselves.
If you why isn't the commander in chief leading to get a result.
-- you said at the beginning of this interview that you believe that over the long term implementation of Obama care.
Is going to be a bigger burden for Democrats to carry it in this shutdown is for Republicans.
But at the same time the message of Obama care seems to be you know and then the problems in its -- seem to be getting eclipsed by all this talk of the gov.
-- shut down.
Yeah -- -- that your very Smart and more thank you gift.
If -- if we could get the government shut down behind us.
Then deal with the debt ceiling I'm not going to raise the debt ceiling yet again without addressing.
While we're in debt but -- the government shut them behind us in a responsible way by negotiating but.
Maybe I did make myself clear.
The director of our national intelligence in the head of the national security administration.
Told me in other members of the senate fifteen minutes ago.
That our national security is greatly compromised because of the government shutdown my question is where is our commander in chief does -- believe that.
And what is he doing about it why is -- me on the phone trying to solve this problem Robert Gibbs told him by a political advisor to the president.
Former Press Secretary to the president -- states.
Gave -- advice to the president this follows sit back and watch this.
Well that is the dumbest advice in the world if you believe the government shutdown is compromising our national security where is our commander in she -- present.
And we need him to the president has -- a couple of times that he's not going to negotiate with the Republicans about this current stalemate.
President call your own Director of National Intelligence called general Alexander.
And see if they we'll tell you what they tell me.
They just told me literally fifteen or twenty minutes ago.
That the government shutdown is compromising our ability to gather intelligence and defend the nation from and and attack if that is true.
The most irresponsible thing the president -- do is say I'm not gonna talk anybody to solve this problem he's letting us down as.
Managing it is one thing to close the Smithsonian and Yosemite national -- it is something else if in fact national security is at risk.
Senator Lindsey Graham Republican from South Carolina thank you do.
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