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Ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay: Government shutdown would not hurt the GOP

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Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Congress should try to avoid a government shutdown, but if Congress fails to reach an agreement over the next three days, then the shuttering of government would not hurt Republicans.

“If there is a shutdown, this notion that it hurts the Republicans is totally wrong,” Mr. Delay said on CNN’s “New Day.”

The Texas Republican said the GOP came out on the winning side of the government shutdown in 1995.

“We won the budget cuts we wanted,” Mr. DeLay said. “We showed Bill Clinton that we’d take him off a cliff. We got welfare reform, a balanced budget, and we won seats in the next election.”

Last week, a Texas appeals court acquitted Mr. DeLay on money laundering, bringing an end to an eight-year case against the man who was once the most powerful Republican in Congress.

Mr. DeLay advised his GOP colleagues to “hold firm, stick to your guns, stand strong and ultimately you will win.” He brushed aside the notion that a shutdown over Obamacare or the nation’s borrowing limit will put a dent in the U.S. economy.

“It won’t end up screwing up the credit of American,” Mr. DeLay said. “We are very strong. We are still the strongest economy in the world, and that is all false notion. Every shutdown, and there has been many shutdowns, frankly the American people never missed the government.”

Mr. DeLay said he is also writing a book called “Shut ‘Er Down” that calls for a “constitutional revival.”

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