RELEASE: Republican Senate Candidates: You Wanted this Shutdown, So Do You Want it to End?

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For Immediate Release:
October 16, 2013

Christina Freundlich

Republican Senate Candidates: You Wanted this Shutdown, So Do You Want it to End?

Des Moines – After weeks of bitter stalemate, Republicans have begun to work with Democrats, and today, Congress is set to vote on a bipartisan deal to raise the debt limit and re-open the government.  Following weeks of furloughs and layoffs for thousands of Iowans, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel for those who rely on the steady income and benefits they deserve.

As the default debate comes to a close, everyone has been talking about the need to end the shutdown – except for Iowa’s six Republicans running for US Senate. The Republican Senate candidates’ reckless approach would put the full faith and credit of the United States in jeopardy, resulting in devastating results for American families and our economy. These GOP senate candidates have not said a word about the bipartisan resolution put forth by the Senate.

The Quad City Times reported this morning that, at a candidate event at St. Ambrose University in Davenport last night attended by Sam Clovis, Scott Schaben, and David Young, “none [of the candidates], in their prepared remarks, overtly addressed the current stalemate over the debt ceiling or the partial government shutdown.”

“Sam Clovis, Joni Ernst, Matt Whitaker, and David Young – Iowa’s biggest government shutdown cheerleaders – had no problem trumpeting their support for the shutdown that’s hurting Iowa’s economy when it’s started.  Surely they’ll have no problem answering questions about whether they support the bipartisan deal reached today in Congress,” said IDP Chairman Scott Brennan.

“Iowa deserves a Senator who puts fighting for the middle class and Iowa jobs first – not scoring political points at the expense of the economic recovery. And the only thing these candidates have put first is the Tea Party’s fall obstruction agenda.”


Whitaker Signed Ted Cruz & Mike Lee Pledge To Defund Obamacare. Whitaker tweeted: “Today I signed @SenMikeLee pledge to de-fund Obamacare. Sign the pledge with me @” [Matt Whitaker twitter, 8/13/13]

Clovis Signed Pledge To Defund Obamacare: “If It Is Not In The Interest Of The People Of The United States, It Shall Not Happen On My Watch.” “Sam Clovis is the other 2014 GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate who has signed the pledge to defund ObamaCare. ‘You must have courage to go to the floor of the senate and stand there and look (Senate Democratic Leader) Harry Reid and (Senate GOP Leader) Mitch McConnell in the eye and say, ‘No more,’’ Clovis said Sunday, ‘If this is not in the interest of the people of the United States, it shall not happen on my watch.’” [Radio Iowa, 8/27/13]

Headline: “Two GOP candidates for US Senate support gov’t shutdown over Obamacare.” According to KJAN radio, “Two of the five Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate [Matt Whitaker and Sam Clovis] have signed a pledge supporting “full repeal” of the president’s Affordable Care Act and they promise to vote against any bill that “provides funding to implement or enforce any part of it.” [KJAN, 8/27/13]

Ernst Signed Ted Cruz & Mike Lee Pledge to Defund Obamacare.  According to, Joni Ernst signed a pledge that read, “I, Joni Ernst, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Iowa, and to the American people, that I will: ONE, support the full repeal of Obamacare (also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act); and TWO, oppose any bill or budget resolution that provides funding to implement or enforce any part of it.” []

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