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NY Times: Senate Leaders Mull Raising Debt Ceiling in Challenge to House

by Lisa Mathias

In the latest news on the on-going government shutdown, the New York Times reports on the continued back-and-forth disagreements between House Republicans and Democrats, including President Obama. But the WG’s David Winston doesn’t think that either side knows how the debate will end:

But David Winston, a Republican pollster close to Mr. Boehner, said Mr. Obama’s stance was likely to prove unpopular as well. “Anyone who says he knows how this is going to turn out doesn’t know,” Mr. Winston said. “We are in a very unsettled time.”

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The Fiscal Times: Debt Ceiling Rumble: Business vs. the Tea Party

by Lisa Mathias

Today’s Fiscal Times featured commentary from The WG’s David Winston on how the Tea Party is taking advantage of the debt crisis to push their agenda, and how business leaders are reacting:

“It’s not an outcome difference, but there’s a pretty significant difference of opinion in terms of the process of getting there,” David Winston, a GOP strategist, told The Fiscal Times. “Some within the Tea Party are trying to get quite a bit of their agenda done right this second, using the debt ceiling. The business community wants to be more careful about how they use this device, and err on the side of caution, even if they do eventually want to go in the same direction.”

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The Washington Examiner: The next step for Republicans in the debt fight

by Lisa Mathias

Byron York writes in today’s Washington Examiner about where Republicans are at in terms of messaging on the debt ceiling. One perspective paints a negative picture, unwilling to accept any Democratic offers; another perspective looks at the GOP as unyielding because they care about jobs and the economy.

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