"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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised The Senate confirmation process is broken — Senate Democrats can fix it Australian politician on Cruz, vaccines: 'We don't need your lectures, thanks mate' MORE (R-Texas) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeCawthorn, Lee introduce bills banning interstate travel vaccine mandate Retreating economy creates new hurdle for Democrats in 2022 McConnell vows GOP won't help raise debt ceiling in December after Schumer 'tantrum' MORE (R-Utah). Many other Republicans — including Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Meghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' Our military shouldn't be held hostage to 'water politics' MORE (R-Ariz.) and Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrDemocratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races McConnell gets GOP wake-up call Senate approves short-term debt ceiling increase MORE (R-N.C.) — have criticized the strategy. Republican Senate candidates have been split, though many have remained quiet on the plan.