September 20th, 2013
11:20 AM ET

Gingrich Favors House Republican Budget Push on Obamacare

By CNN's Ashley Killough

Newt Gingrich, the man in the House speaker's seat during the last government shutdown more than 17 years ago, urged House Republicans Friday to push forward with their plan to pass a bill that keeps funding the government – but only as long as it defunds Obamacare.

His pitch comes despite calls from some Republicans, including Sen. John McCain and Rep. Peter King, who say taking such an approach could be damaging to the party and the country.

But Gingrich argued it paid off for the Republicans last time around and will work for the GOP again if they stand their ground.

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