Tea Party groups divided over government shutdown

Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips says shut the government down until Washington gets the message not to overspend taxpayer dollars.

“Our national debt is now as large as our national income. Something has to give,” Phillips said in a release. “Shutting down the government is pretty radical but lesser ideas are not going anywhere right now, so why not?”…

Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer, on the other hand, says Congress shouldn’t move so quickly to shut the government down because it didn’t work out so well for the GOP in 1995. She said Democrats should be willing to make cuts to wasteful government spending too, and that elected leaders from both parties were sent to Washington to get things done for their districts and states, not shut the government down.

“Look, there are some really difficult decisions to be made and that’s why these people have been sent to Washington,” Kremer said. “They’re going to have to make some tough decisions. But, look, it didn’t work very well when Newt Gingrich shut the government down 15 years ago.”