GOP Women Senators Call on Colleagues to Quit Playing Politics

Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 01:41 PM

By Dan Weil

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Republican women in the Senate called on their colleagues Wednesday to put aside politics and end the government shutdown, now in its third week.

Appearing on NBC's "Today" show, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said, "This should not be about the next election. This should be about the future of our country."

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She added that lawmakers in both the House and the Senate need to be "pragmatic."

"This is not going to be a Republican solution or a Democrat solution. This is going to be a solution that is good for the country," Murkowski said.

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, meanwhile, said on CNN's "New Day" that the decision by House Republicans to shut down the government in an effort to defund Obamacare was a flawed one.

"It was an ill-conceived strategy from the beginning, not a winning strategy," she said. "I don’t think it was worth it."

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