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Gingrich, Reid Spar on Twitter Over Spending Debate

Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 01:51 PM

By Melanie Batley

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to debate him on a possible government shutdown over the defunding of Obamacare.

"I would be happy to debate Harry Reid anywhere, any time about govt shutdown versus disastrous spending and destructive Obamacare," Gingrich tweeted Tuesday.

Reid shot back with his own Tweet, "@newtgingrich, to be clear, are you saying you support another government shutdown?"

The Georgia Republican said he wanted to debate the Nevada Democrat over whether the government should continue to fund Obamacare, even at the cost of a government shutdown, The Hill reported.

As House speaker, Gingrich presided over a government shutdown in 1995 due to an impasse on spending, which ultimately helped to hand Bill Clinton his re-election in 1996.

Gingrich, who will be a o-host on CNN's new "Crossfire" program, also tweeted an invite to Reid to appear on the show.

"Harry Reid would be a great guest on Crossfire this fall. We could debate the 1995 shutdown versus out of control spending and Obamacare," Gingrich tweeted Tuesday.

There have been calls among House Republicans this week to shut down the government if Obamacare is not defunded during the spending negotiations in the fall.

Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, is circulating a proposal which is already being supported by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and other conservative colleagues.

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