The GOP’s always wanted a government shutdown

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    The GOP’s always wanted a government shutdown

    Mike Pence

    Back when he was a congressman, Indiana Governor Mike Pence told reporters that if Democrats were unwilling to slash government spending, "then I say, shut it down."
    credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

    The GOP’s always wanted a government shutdown

    Louie Gohmert

    The Texas Congressman told ThinkProgress in 2010, "Government is going to have to shut down until you runaway-spending people get it under control."
    credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts

    The GOP’s always wanted a government shutdown

    Ron Paul

    When he was still in Congress, in 2010, Paul said of a potential government shutdown, "I don't think it would hurt one bit."
    credit: Reuters/Scott Audette

    The GOP’s always wanted a government shutdown

    Joe Walsh

    Walsh lost his seat in the 2012 election, but when he was still a Congressman he told CBS News, "If we need a jolt, if we need the government shutdown for a few days for us to really get serious, I think the American people are with that."
    credit: AP/Charles Rex Arbogast

    The GOP’s always wanted a government shutdown

    Lynn Westmoreland

    In 2010, the Georgia Congressman told a crowd of conservative activists, "If the government shuts down, we want you with us." Westmoreland urged his audience to support Republicans if the effects of a government shutdown led to public fury.
    credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

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Elias Isquith is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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