In a sit-down with WTOC in Savannah on Monday, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston hit many of the day’s hot topics – Syria, the shootings at the Navy Yard near D.C., and Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to the port included.
But here’s what the U.S. Senate candidate said when asked about the prospects of a government shutdown on Oct. 1, and the tactic of tying an increase in the federal debt ceiling to a defunding of the Affordable Care Act, as espoused by some Republicans:
“I don’t think we’ll have a shutdown. That possibility is there, but I think most people do not want a shutdown….We are probably going to pass a continuing resolution so that we can negotiate a little bit longer….
“If the debt ceiling gets tied into Obamacare – there are those who want to do that, I think it’s going to make it more difficult. I think Obamacare could be part of the discussion on sequestration and possibly saying something like – the president has exempted large businesses from the mandate on Obamacare. I think it’s fair, if that’s the case, to exempt small businesses and individuals.
“I think there’s a real discussion there that both sides can come together on.”