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Senate Republicans took to the airwaves Sunday morning to criticize their party for the recent government shutdown.
“There’s no education in the second kick of a mule,” Mr. McConnell said.
Mr. McConnell also promised to prevent any such disasters from happening again under his watch.
“There will not be another government shutdown,” he said. “You can count on that. It certainly didn’t do the country any good.”
But Mr. McConnell wasn’t the only Republican lamenting his party’s willingness to take such drastic measures to defund the Affordable Care Act.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, agreed.
“The shutdown should be in our rearview mirror as Republicans,” he added. “Don’t do this again.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, who has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans as the architect of the failed shutdown strategy, defended the stand in interviews Sunday.
“I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything, I can to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare,” Mr. Cruz, Texas Republican said on ABC’s “This Week.”
But Mr. McConnell said the Cruz strategy was flawed.
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