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Obama To GOP: Your 'Ideological Crusade' Is Hurting America

Colin Hale |
October 1, 2013 | 11:34 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

President Obama, October 1, 2013/via Twitter
President Obama, October 1, 2013/via Twitter
During a press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday, President Obama urged House Republicans to stop their impediment of Congress and to "reopen the government."

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Obama's statements about the government shutdown came during a planned appearance designed to tout the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, which went into effect on Tuesday.  He said that the GOP's "ideological demands" were unnecessary and that the "Republican shutdown did not have to happen."

"I want every American to understand why it did happen," President Obama said on Tuesday. "They've shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans."

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"Republicans have twisted themselves into pretzels in this effort to attach partisan demands," Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Tuesday, following the President's remarks.

WH Press Secretary Jay Carney/via WhiteHouse.gov
WH Press Secretary Jay Carney/via WhiteHouse.gov
Carney said the President "is willing to negotiate with serious minded Republicans in Congress about our budget priorities and how to fund them."

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"He's offering them no conditions attached to reopening the government, no conditions attached to raising the debt ceiling," said Carney, who also called the House Republican's actions "irresponsible, reckless behavior."

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