By Kyle Balluck - 10/06/13 03:42 PM EDT
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that Democrats’ “intransigence” on ObamaCare was responsible for the government shutdown.
Paul dismissed criticism that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“I think it’s a silly argument for Democrats to say ‘the law has been passed, we can never change it,’ ” Paul said.
“It’s Congress’s job to oversee spending. It’s not their obligation that once something is law never to change it.”
“We think ObamaCare is a bad idea and will hurt the people it’s intended to help,” he added.
With polls show more people are blaming the GOP for the shutdown than the White House, Paul dodged a question by Savannah Guthrie on whether the government shutdown would hurt Republicans’ chances of winning the Senate or the White House.
“I think it’s extremely bad for the president shutting down the government, and he’s the one shutting it down frankly, because he’s unwilling to compromise,” Paul said.
“The root of the problem is we are not passing appropriations bills like we should.”
“In order to have compromise, the other side has to negotiate,” he added.
The Kentucky Republican also put the responsibility for raising fears of a default if the debt ceiling is not raised by Oct. 17 squarely on Democrats.
“I think it’s irresponsible of the president and his men to talk about default,” Paul said. “They’re the ones scaring the market place.”