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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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan NRA says Trump administration memo a 'non-starter' Barr fails to persuade Cruz on expanded background checks MORE (R-Texas) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeHillicon Valley: Election security looms over funding talks | Antitrust enforcers in turf war | Facebook details new oversight board | Apple fights EU tax bill Antitrust enforcers in turf war over Big Tech Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan MORE (R-Utah). Many other Republicans — including Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCan the presidential candidates please talk about our debt crisis? Michelle Malkin knocks Cokie Roberts shortly after her death: 'One of the first guilty culprits of fake news' Arizona Democratic Party will hold vote to censure Sinema MORE (R-Ariz.) and Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrLawmakers applaud Trump's ban on flavored e-cigarettes Trump to hold campaign rally in North Carolina day before special House election Hoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post MORE (R-N.C.) — have criticized the strategy. Republican Senate candidates have been split, though many have remained quiet on the plan.