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October 9th, 2013
12:57 AM ET

Raw Politics: Both sides are talking... but neither side is budging

President Obama spoke with House Speaker John Boehner over the phone today. When both men spoke to the press after, there were few signs of progress toward ending the government standoff. CNN's Dana Bash and Jim Acosta have the latest.

Anderson discussed all of this with Democratic Strategist Paul Begala, Rich Galen who handled messaging for then House Speaker Newt Gingrich during the last shutdown and Republican consultant Alice Stewart.


Filed under: Dana Bash • Government Shutdown • Jim Acosta • Paul Begala • Raw Politics
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  1. Nader Kandi

    Further more, these lawmaker are who designed who gets pay when government is shot down! , you don't see any wordings regarding lawmakers are first group who will not get pay! is this coincident? I don't think so, tax payer pay lawmakers salaries and tax papers or soldiers who lost their life to defend this country pay the price, shame on lawmakers who designed the rules about who will get pay when government is shot down accept themselves! what a elected official who thought about themselves only!.

    October 9, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
  2. Nader Kandi

    We as a Americans are tired of listening to none sentences of these politicians who are elected by all Americans to work for us when they are using all news channels for their own interest and advertising for next election!, they need to get back to work instead of their own personal or parties goals!. No matter is REPS or DEMS. They do not own this country and they are elected to work for this country which is owned by All Americans. If this country owes to others and we have too much debts it is because both parties faults when they could stand for debt free America, they played politics!. Everyday and night became night mare for working families when elected officials and parties trying to have gain for their own personal and party's interest and special interest parties who contributed to their election leaving their life because they have enough to live on for next 5-10 centuries!. this Debt did not start during Obama's presidency, it started way before decades ago! who shall we blame to? same elected officials who are making mess right now. go over it and admit it is all your both side fault from past to present and fix it or Americans will do it for you with their votes!.

    October 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm |
  3. Rob Davis

    THERE IS NOTHING TO BUDGE ABOUT. The Republicans on the Tea Party shut down the government single handedly by refusing a clean Continuing Resolution because the Dems would not agree to DeFund an Existing Law, the Affordable Care Act. Period. They will NOT budge either, because their aim, outlined in a letter two months ago to the Speaker is to BRING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. It will be catastrophic if it occurs, but that is what THESE TRAITORS WANT.

    October 9, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
  4. david

    What if Anderson pushed back to Rep Congressman with , "but Congressman you had not problem bringing a Defund-Obamacare bill to the floor over 40 times even thoug you knew it wouldn't pass" or

    "Nancy Pelosi never shutdown the Goverment to repeal a law the didn't like"
    or

    "Democrats hated the Bush tax cut but never threatened not to raise the debt celling to defund it.

    I that so hard?

    October 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm |

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