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September 30th, 2013
11:12 PM ET

John McCain on the pending government shutdown: "It's unnecessary"

With a likely government shutdown hovering over the United States, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Live" asked John McCain to share his thoughts.

"My reaction is that it's unnecessary, and I'm afraid that the American people, as they have in the past, will blame Congress, i.e. Republicans," said the senior United States Senator from Arizona. "What is particularly disappointing is that Obamacare is going to have a lot of problems in its rollout. The president's polling numbers are falling in every category. And yet the story is, to the American people, that Republicans are fighting Republicans. That's not helpful."

Joining Piers Morgan live via satellite from Washington, McCain emphasized the potential implications of what the nation is facing:

"It's very important that we understand that Americans don't like government. They don't like Congress. They don't like government. But they don't want it shut down," he told the host. "When, in '95, when we shut down the government last time, we had already passed a number of appropriations bills. So the impact of a shutdown of a government since we haven't passed a single appropriations bill, will be more immediate and will be more impactful."

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