October 7th, 2013
11:24 AM ET

Republican Strategist: Playing Politics With The Debt Ceiling Is 'A Very Dangerous Game'

Former Republican Congressman Vin Weber, (R- Minnesota) is now the co-chairman of Mercury and Associates, a political consulting firm. The strategist weighs in on the government shutdown and GOP tactics on Monday's "New Day."

Anchor Chris Cuomo asks Weber what he believes the Republicans are thinking when Speaker John Boehner says he won't considering funding the government or raising the debt ceiling without negotiations from Democrats and the President.

Weber says, "The Republicans began with the position that everything was tied to the defunding, in essence, the ending of Obamacare, and the President couldn’t swallow that. But the Republicans have moved somewhat on that, they moved from defunding Obamacare to delaying Obamacare and, now if you listen to the Speaker's comments over the weekend, the Speaker was not talking about Obamacare, which is the President’s sacred cow, the Speaker was talking about the long term debt situation , which I think reflects more of the concerns of the American people, where our country is going.”

When Cuomo asks the former politician about playing politics with the debt ceiling, Weber calls it a 'very dangerous game.'


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