STATE – Texas Gov. Rick Perry criticized President Barack Obama for failing to negotiate with Republicans to end the federal government shutdown when he visited New Jersey yesterday to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan.
“The president will negotiate with the president of Iran, he will negotiate with other people, so why not sit down with the House and the Senate and find a solution so we go forward?” Perry said.
The Texas governor was referring to Obama’s recent phone call with Iranian President Hassan Routhani, the first direct communication between the leaders of the two nations since 1979.
Perry also referred to the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare,” as a “criminal act” during one of his campaign speeches.
On the first day of the government shutdown, Lonegan praised House Republicans who had “the guts to hold the line against Obamacare.”
“I’m really sorry that it’s inconvenient that our national parks are closed,” Lonegan said. “You know what, if it takes a government shutdown to put America back on track to get tough, let’s do it.”
More than 800,000 federal government workers have been furloughed without pay because of the shutdown. While Congress eventually voted to pay furloughed workers for time missed during previous government shutdowns, this time Republicans are split on whether to do that when operations resume.
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