Romney criticizes Rubio, Cruz efforts to defund Obamacare by government shutdown

debate-s-carolina-mitt-romneyA few lawmakers in the U.S. Senate are working hard to ramp up the pressure on Republican leadership to get serious about defunding ObamaCare. Even if Mitt Romney disagrees.

Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., “are spearheading the effort to build a ‘grassroots army’ to influence GOP leadership after entreaties to their colleagues fell short,” according to The Hill.

“[L]ook, I’m not attacking anyone directly,” Rubio said Monday on Mark Levin’s radio show. “All I’m saying is that you cannot say you are against Obamacare if you are willing to vote for a law that funds it. If you’re willing to fund this thing, you can’t possibly say you’re against it.”

Only 13 Senate Republicans support a plan to block a continuing resolution to fund the government beyond Sept. 30 unless it cuts funding for the Affordable Care Act, and an effort is underway to get the Republican base more involved through the promotion of an online petition, as reported by The Hill.

The petition has already gathered 217,578 signatures.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate who lost to an incumbent president with the worst economic record in U.S. history, warned Republicans on Tuesday against shutting down the government in an attempt to defund ObamaCare.

“We need to exercise great care about any talk of shutting down government,” Romney said at a fundraiser in N.H. for the state’s Republican Party according to prepared remarks, as reported by The Hill.

“What would come next when soldiers aren’t paid, when seniors fear for their Medicare and Social Security, and when the FBI is off duty?”

While none of the above is likely to occur, this is coming from the man who gave President Obama a pass on Benghazi during last year’s presidential debates, which may have cost him the White House.

Rubio believes Republican leadership is not being aggressive enough. “There has to be some issue at which we say, ‘look, this is the issue where we draw the line’,” Rubio told Levin.

“I mean, we understand about all the other things but there’s an issue where you’ve got to draw a line in the sand and say, this is it. I mean, on this issue we’re willing to fight no matter what the consequences, politically or otherwise.”

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