DSCC launches 'Shutdown Watch' campaign

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"Our 'GOP Shutdown Watch' campaign will hold Republican Senate candidates accountable for their reckless plan to shut down the government and possibly force the country into default," says DSCC spokesman Justin Barasky. "Many Republican leaders have slammed the extreme and dangerous plan, which would have devastating consequences for the entire country, but that has not stopped Republican Senate candidates from cheerleading on behalf of the effort. Without a doubt, Republicans will pay a price in 2014 for their reckless efforts to shut down the government."

The effort to try to force Democrats to defund ObamaCare by threatening a government shutdown has been led by conservative Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah). Many other Republicans — including Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) — have criticized the strategy. Republican Senate candidates have been split, though many have remained quiet on the plan.