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October 2nd, 2013
08:54 AM ET

What will it take to end the shutdown?

On Capitol Hill, there is no end in sight to the government shutdown. But what would it take to fully reopen the government? What does all of this mean as lawmakers approach the debt ceiling deadline? Anderson discussed it with Democratic stategist Paul Begala, former Newt Gingrich spokesman Rich Galen and Alice Stewart, spokeswoman for the 2012 Santorum and Bachmann presidential campaigns.
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  1. eric

    two words-----–TERM LIMITS

    October 2, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
  2. Belinda Lynch

    The names of the Congress members who are responsible for this shutdown should be made public.

    October 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
  3. zerk B.

    We the citizenz of these United States of America should march on Washington, quarantine all politicians and make them re-start OUR GOVERNMENT. This nation does not belong to the politicians but to the citizens. The day they got elected (by us) they should leave party idealogy and have ONLY the US national interest front and center. Anything else is treason. Any politician who cannot do this must be banned from standing for any position in the government.

    October 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  4. David

    I thought our system is supposed to have checks and balances? So just who can resolve this government shutdown mess? Since our whacko politicians are determined to hurt America just to get their way, doesn't this violate our constitutional rights? We pay taxes and in return expect to be able to access our paid-for government services, not just a "business closed" sign. Under the parlimentary system, "no confidence votes" dissolve the government and force a new election. Perhaps this is what we need. Or perhaps the Supreme Court should step in and force the government to continue to provide the services which we pay for and have a right to expect. Throwing temper tantrums, kicking the (budgetary) can down the road a little way, and threatening to "let the clock run out" unless they get their way is a shameful and reprehensible way for Congress to do business. Congressmen and congresswomen, grow up and do what you were elected to do. Negotiate a settlement and let the rest of us Americans get on with our lives. We are tired of your games.

    October 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
  5. Susan McNulty

    I tried to send a letter of complaint to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today, when I viewed this message; "We are unable to receive messages at this time due to the government shutdown." It would have been hilarious if it wasn't so darn sad.

    So...Congress is supposed to work "for" us, but they shut down the government "on" us, and now they don't want to hear "from" us. ...pathetic...

    October 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
  6. Brian

    One way to end the shutdown should be to FIRE every last one of the politicians and start over from scratch. We need a new and fresh start with the American standards the way our forefathers intended. We the people own the government not the rich and careless about the public, who by the way built this nation.

    October 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
  7. S.Spurgeon

    I would like to ask " what is the difference Timothy Mcveh and the Tparty republicans" ? Mcveh used a truck to destroy the government , the T party wants to destroy the government as we knowi it...I think what they are doing should be illegal and criminal...they should be recalled and removed from any government activity.

    October 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm |

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