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Newsline 9 asks Gov. Walker: Is GOP shutdown strategy helping?


Gov. Scott Walker says the government shutdown is unacceptable, but he stopped short of criticizing some Republicans' insistence on changes to the health care reform law.

During a stop in Wausau Friday afternoon, Walker was asked by Newsline 9 about whether he thought Republicans continuing to pound health care was the right strategy.

He didn't directly answer the question, but he did say the fault lies with both sides.

"I think there's enough blame to go around, for the House, the Senate, the president," said Walker. "I think most Americans, like I am, are just upset with the whole process and would've liked to see them act a little bit more like the responsible things that we're doing here in this state and other states across the country."

Some Republicans have consistently demanded the president delay the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, or at least make changes to it. But the president and congressional Democrats have said those demands are ridiculous.

Gov. Walker says if the government shutdown continues, Wisconsin could see a greater impact including cuts to social programs.

The federal government has been shut down since October 1.

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