New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called for Republicans to pass a budget that defunds Planned Parenthood on Sunday. While he didn’t advocate for a government shutdown, Christie pointed out the advantages of getting a defunding measure to Obama’s desk:
“At least the American people will know who the obstructionist is,” Mr. Christie said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “If he’s going to veto it, let the American people see that he stands with the folks who believe the systematic murder of children in the womb in a way that preserves the body parts to be sold on the open market for profit is something that he stands for. That’s an important differentiation between our party and the president’s party.”
Carly Fiorina took a similar tack in a Fox News interview Sunday, saying the voters who put Republicans in charge of the legislature need to see what Republicans stand for:
“Something very important has changed since the last government shutdown. What has changed is the Republican Party has historic majorities in the House and now controls the majority in the Senate,” she said. “People want to know what we stand for. What does our party stand for? What do I stand for?”
Nick Arnold is a researcher for American Principles In Action.