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“Neither one of these people believes they are in the United States Senate because they are in the Republican Party. And they are, in fact, right. The Republican Party opposed both of them. They are in the United States Senate despite the Republican Party,” the strategist said.

In an email Monday night to millions of supporters on the White House mailing list, President Obama’s senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, blamed congressional Republicans for being “reckless” in the budget showdown.

“Instead of doing their jobs, a few reckless Republicans in Congress are so obsessed with refighting old political battles over Obamacare that they’re threatening to shut down the government and stop paying the country’s bills,” Mr. Pfeiffer said. He asked supporters to “spread the word so that Americans know what’s going on.”

Staff writer Dave Boyer contributed to this article.