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As the United States drew closer to the conclusion of a fourth straight day defined by the government shutdown, on Friday evening Piers Morgan asked a pair of politicians, each representing alternate sides of the aisle, to share their party and personal perspectives.
"The House passed...a continuing resolution that would fund all of the government except that one portion of Obamacare. Then, that was rejected," explained Marsha Blackburn, a Republican Congresswoman from Tennessee. "We came back and said, well, let's just delay it. The president has delayed 19 provisions of the law, gave 1600 waivers, and this weekend, has taken the website down for repairs."
Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, meanwhile, saw the matter differently, shifting blame off of the Obama administration, and onto the GOP:
"What we have to do tomorrow morning, is go on the House floor, have the Republicans put the clean continuing spending resolution on the floor to reopen the government completely. Instead what they are doing is they are holding our economy hostage and using Obamacare as ransom," said the Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee. "That's basically what they did. And whether it's defunding or repealing or delaying, there is no way around they are simply trying to extract and extort what they couldn't get when the bill was on the floor when it passed into law, when the president signed it, the Supreme Court upheld it, and we had an election over it."
Watch the clip for more of the debate between Wasserman Schultz and Blackburn, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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