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Lindsey Graham: Obamacare’s Faults Will Outlast Shutdown ‘If GOP Doesn’t Screw This Up’

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) admitted on This Week With George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning that the Republican Party had badly misplayed the attempt to defund Obamacare through a continuing resolution to fund Obamacare, but warned triumphant Democrats that the problems of the Affordable Care Act would long outlive the embarrassments of the shutdown.

“As between House and Senate Republicans, the sooner this is over, the better for us, guys,” Graham said. “And to our Democratic friends you own Obamacare, and it’s going to be a political gift that keeps on giving. So the shutdown will be old news next year, Obamacare’s faults will be front and center in 2014—if we don’t screw this up.”

Graham, echoing a similar line by Rand Paul on CNN, warned that Senate Democrats, feeling they had the GOP cornered, were getting cocky in their demands. “Our Democratic friends keep moving the goalposts in the Senate, thinking they’re winning,” he charged.

However, Graham made clear that the decision to shut down the government over Obamacare injured the party in the short term. “What breaks my heart is the last twelve days you’ve had a complete meltdown of the portal called Obamacare,” Graham said. “The whole system just not working. And we’re overshadowing how badly Obamacare has been rolled out.”

Watch the full clip below, via ABC News:

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