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Paul Ryan: Budget Deal Will Help GOP Avoid Shutdowns, Keep Focus on Obamacare

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) went on Fox News’ On The Record with Greta Van Susteren Tuesday evening in an attempt to sell his just-announced, bi-partisan budget deal with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) to a skeptical conservative base.

Throughout the interview Ryan stressed that the deal, on which Congress is expected to vote this week, would do something that both parties should want: avoid possible government shutdowns in both January and October. But it wasn’t until the end of the segment that Ryan revealed the real reason why Republicans should desire that outcome.

“I think there are a lot of people who would like the distraction of a government shutdown for one reason or the other,” Ryan said. “The administration is not really high on the Obamacare focus that is occurring in this country.”

This comment prompted Van Susteren to ask of the Obama Administration, “Do you think they like the shutdowns?”

“I wouldn’t say that they like shutdowns, but I think they’d like to get off Obamacare,” Ryan answered. “And by not shutting the government down we’re not going to get off Obamacare. We’re going to keep doing our oversight, we’re going to keep speaking our truth to power. We’re going to keep shining the light on the problems of the law. And that, to us, gives us a good position.”

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