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Republican fight on U.S. shutdown shows simmering civil war

Special to SEGAZINE

In this June 28, 2012, file photo Tea Party supporter William Temple of Brunswick protests against President Barack Obama’s health care law outside the Supreme Court in Washington.

The Republican war with President Obama over funding the government and the new health-care law will play out in the coming days and months. The conflict now exposed within the party may shape its future for years.

An intraparty tug-of-war, largely confined to campaign primaries during the past three years, is exposed on the national stage as Republicans challenge one another on tactics as a government shutdown looms, coming as early as Tuesday.

“The circus created the past few days isn’t reflective of mainstream Republicans — it projects an image of not being reasonable. The vast majority of Republicans are pretty level- headed and are here to govern,” said Representative Michael Grimm, a New York Republican.

“This is a moment in history for our party to, once and for all, put everything on the table. But at some point we’re going to come together and unify,” Grimm said. The “far-right faction” of the party “represents 15 percent of the country, but they’re trying to control the entire debate.”

Deseret News.

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