Week In Politics: Spending Showdown, GOP Primary
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Members of the U.S. Senate did not expect to be coming to work today. They were supposed to be home for the Jewish holidays.
INSKEEP: Their plans changed because, yet again, the government is facing the possibility of a shutdown. Once again, a fight over spending is a pushing up against a deadline. If lawmakers do not make a deal, the government could close for business.
GREENE: Here to explain what's going is NPR's Cokie Roberts, who joins us as she does most Mondays. Cokie, good morning.
COKIE ROBERTS: Hi, David.
GREENE: So is Congress really going to the brink again and heading towards a possible shutdown over this issue?
ROBERTS: The effect, of course, is - when we have these impasses - is to weaken the economy further. And lots of Democrats are saying maybe that's what the Republicans have in mind, because maybe they're trying to keep the economy in the doldrums in order to elect a Republican president next year.
GREENE: It sounds like a familiar battle. You mentioned that shutdowns don't play well - of course were talking politics - and I want to ask you about the campaign. When it comes to finding a Republican candidate to elect, the party seems to be having some problems. I mean Texas Governor Rick Perry seemed to be the frontrunner but he seems to be in a rough patch right now.
ROBERTS: Well, he had a very poor debate performance in Florida last week. And then there was the straw poll in Florida over the weekend that was won by Godfather Pizza man Herman Cain.
ROBERTS: So the president has spent the weekend trying to fix that. He went to the Congressional Black Caucus, said I'm taking off the bedroom ? take off your bedrooms slippers, put on your marching shoes. He had a couple of big fundraisers out West, where he went after the Republicans big time. So conciliation is over.
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