By Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
Republican Mike Johanns, Nebraska’s retiring U.S. senator, has some harsh words for those who’ve been tying the government shutdown to defunding Obamacare.
“People are mad because they feel they’ve been duped,” Johanns told reporters Thursday.
Asked if it was Republicans doing the duping, Johanns told Nebraska Watchdog, “Just not going to go there with you, Joe.”
Johanns, who is not running for re-election in 2014, says ObamaCare can’t be defunded with a Continuing Resolution, only through repeal.
Senator Johanns: Unfortunately, Americans were led to believe that shutting down the government meant shutting down ObamaCare and now I’m starting to see that people are mad because they feel like they’ve been duped.
Nebraska Watchdog: Who did the duping? Are you talking about Republicans or Democrats or both? Who did the duping here?
Senator Johanns: Joe, I’m really going to try to avoid pointing fingers but there were so many commentators, there were so many Senators promising—and House members for that matter that were promising—if we just stop the Continuing Resolution we will defund ObamaCare so don’t let the Continuing Resolution go forward, even tough it was exactly what we’d asked for it was defunding ObamaCare. But there was never any truth to that.
Nebraska Watchdog: The defund message was coming from Republicans so you’re saying that when people felt duped, it was Republicans that duped them.
Senator Johanns: Just not going to go there with you, Joe. You know you can assign blame, all I am telling you is that the argument that was being made, whoever you want to assign the blame too, that you could accomplish this through the Continuing Resolution never had any validity.
Johanns says he has no idea how the shutdown ends.
“I don’t know how this gets resolved,” he said.
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