Rubio aide repeates three times: No, we're not going to shut down the government this fall

That led to a story in the Huffington Post headlined, “Marco Rubio Hints At A Government Shutdown Fight Over Immigration.” And then came an article by Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, also in the Huffington Post, which declared Rubio “willing to risk another government shutdown” and urged Obama to resist being “held hostage to Marco Rubio and the GOP’s demands.”

Rubio’s office says there’s nothing to it. “We’re not going to shut down the government,” spokesman Alex Conant told me. “Ultimately, Republicans will need to win control of the Senate to reverse an executive action. We would be interested in having a vote on it in the context of the budget debate, but we are not going to shut down the government.”

Just to be clear, I asked Conant whether that meant Rubio would like to attach some sort of immigration rider to a funding bill, but if it lost, Rubio would accept the loss and the government would be funded. “Right,” responded Conant. “We’re not going to shut down the government.”

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