Fox News’ Bill Hemmer quizzed Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) Wednesday morning on whether the GOP ranks were breaking up over the government shutdown, with Paul assuring the host that the Republican Party was as united as ever, despite reports to the contrary.
“Don’t believe everything you read on the internet,” Paul counseled. “We’re actually very, very united on this. The idea that we have to do something, we can’t keep piling on new debt, and that raising the debt ceiling is bad, and that the only way we’ll support raising the debt ceiling will be is if there’s significant reform to spending, significant reform to the budget.”
Hemmer cited Politico and Washington Post headlines that claimed dissension among the GOP was growing, but noted that the articles didn’t contain a single quote to verify that development.
“You’re saying Republicans are united?” Hemmer double-checked. “No breaks in the ranks?”
“I think you’ll find that we’re very united,” Paul replied, “that raising the debt ceiling without any kind of structural reform, any kind of budgetary reform, without any kind of concern for all this debt that President Obama is adding to the country—I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
Watch the full clip below, via Fox News:
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