2 Minn. Republicans differ on gov't shutdown

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MINNEAPOLIS - Rep. Erik Paulsen, a Republican from Eden Prairie, answered phone calls personally on Tuesday from constituents angry about a federal government shutdown.

"Most people are saying, 'Hey, it's not acceptable to have a government shutdown. We expect you guys to work together, to cooperate and to find resolution,'" said Paulsen.

Tuesday, he became the first Minnesota Republican to break ranks with House leadership to end a shutdown.

"I think if I had an opportunity just to fully fund the government, I would do that."

Support for a clean budget resolution not shared by his GOP colleague John Kline.

"Well it's not my position. I don't think that's what we ought to do," says Kline.

Kline calls Obamacare a "train wreck" and thinks a one-year delay is more than reasonable. He will not concede to Democrats without a true negotiation.

"The Senate Democrats and frankly the Administration have decided that everything has got to be their way or the highway," says Kline. "The President has said he will not negotiate. He'll negotiate with Iran, but he won't negotiate with the Congress."

Two Minnesota Republicans with two differing views on ending the shutdown.

According to the latest count by the Washington Post, Paulsen is the 12th member of Congress to support a clean resolution, with no amendments, to end the shutdown.

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