Wasserman Schultz On Tea Party Opposition To Obamacare: "These People Have Come Unhinged"

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CANDY CROWLEY, CNN: Republicans will say and have said, first of all, Obamacare will affect the budget, does affect the budget, we are spending on the budget. But more than that, they hope Democrats will come to their senses and that they will do some negotiating.

If it is so important, if it's going to be so terrible when the government shuts down, shouldn't some Democrat somewhere and some Republican somewhere say, why don't we have a meeting, why don't we figure our way out of this?

REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D-FL): You know, if you look at the polling, Candy, even people who oppose the Affordable Care Act, they overwhelmingly oppose using the strategy of defunding Obamacare and they oppose shutting the government down and tying it to Obamacare.

So what should happen? And I sit on the Appropriations Committee. And we used to do this all the time, sit down today, hammer out the negotiations over what we are going to fund in the budget. Are we going to make sure -- what level are we funding education and health care and our troops and defense?

CROWLEY: But some of those budgets -- I mean, that's the normal budget process which hasn't happened in six years.

WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: You're right. And that process needs to be fixed. But last night you have Republican tea party extremists actually celebrating on the House Floor, publicly celebrating that they got -- Michele Bachmann said she got everything she wanted.

You have other Republicans who have said they're delighted over shutting the government down. What we need to do is come together. And let me just give you an analogy here. This is -- there's clear evidence that the tail is wagging the dog and you have got Republicans on the other side who are irrational and not playing with a full deck.

Would you -- if you didn't like the redesign of your kitchen, would you burn the whole house down or would you try to make modifications to the kitchen? These people have come unhinged.

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