Long before the debt limit debate intensified in Washington, the congressional candidates who had been recruited by the Young Guns were making it a hot topic on the campaign trail. In South Dakota, GOP challenger Kristi Noem, pictured here, used the phrase to hammer her Democratic opponent, Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Noem told Fox News that Sandlin had "voted for the budgets that have put this country further into debt. She voted to raise our country's federal debt ceiling as well." The Fox newscaster, Neil Cavuto, challenged her. "Yes, but a lot people voted to raise the debt ceiling, because the government would shut down without it, right?" "Well, a lot of people did," Noem said. "But that doesn't make it right."
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