Where the Republican Presidential Contenders Stand on a Government Shutdown

Bookmark and Share As another deadline for a shutdown of the federal government is upon us, CNNs Rebecca Stewart has done a piece which attempts to layout where some of the more likely Republican presidential contenders stand on a government shutdown. Of thirteen candidates , three , Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour and Donald Trump, did not respond to the question, but several others have either answered it or have positions on the issue already on the record. While none of them seek a government shutdown, most of them, including Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Rick Santorum, all believe that the option must certainly be on the table. The common reason given for it being a real possibility, is that until we can get the budget going in the right direction with large spending cuts, we cannot simply pass a budget for the sake of keeping the government open and operating on deficits that we cant afford.

While all the potential candidates agree that a government shutdown is not what they ultimately want, former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer praises the uses of government as a strategic tool and remarks “I don’t like that, but sometimes you have to be skilled at pointing out what could happen if we don’t have some action.”

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has not given any clear indication of he would avoid a government at any cost but he told the PBS program Newshour that a “Government shutdown would be a bad thing for us all, it would be very disruptive and I hope we can avoid it,”

Temporary stopgap compromises have created extensions that averted a federal government shutdown twice during the past month, but attempts to come to a final agreement on the budget during this third attempt, are proving to be much more contentious than previous discussions as the latest deadline for a shutdown is fast approaching.

In March. When the first deadline was approaching, a poll of White House 2012 Republican readers overwhelming supported having Republicans stick to their guns and force Democrats to go along with significant budget cuts even if it forced a shutdown of the federal government. In that poll 82.46% of respondents believe that Republicans must hold their ground, while a mere 17.54% believe that they should do all they can to avoid a such a disruption of government.

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