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Michigan Republicans feel differently about possible shutdown
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The potential government shutdown is not only a really sticky issue on the federal level, but some of the top political leaders in this state are also trying to figure out which way they're going to go on this. Newschannel 3 is seeing, on the local level, that same division seen in the Republican Party across the country.
For one Gov. Rick Snyder isn't happy to see the discord. He told a crowd Thursday he didn't think a government shutdown was a good idea, saying it would be a "major potential failure point" and that shutting down the government or defaulting on debt is something he thinks is unacceptable.
Recently, as he advocated for Medicaid expansion, Snyder showed he doesn't think health care should be tossed around like this. "I don't make decisions through a partisan lens," Snyder says. "The lens I use is how I reached this conclusion, is that I like to view this as one big family of ten million people"
But the governor's likely 2014 ticket partner, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land, told Newschannel 3 she sees the issue differently. "I've already been on record as supporting the defunding of Obamacare. I don't think it works. It doesn't help families, it hurts businesses," she says.
Land told Newschannel 3 in a sitdown interview this past week that while she doesn't necessarily like the thought of a government shutdown, it's a reality when a top priority is to oppose funding to implement the healthcare law.
Land's opponent in the upcoming U.S. Senate race, Rep. Gary Peters from Bloomfield Township, is making headlines by saying he will not accept pay for the duration of the shutdown and will donate any salary he receives to local charities.