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Rand Paul: Shutdown was ‘dumb idea,’ but I’d vote the same way again

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), an early supporter of the Defund Obamacare effort that pledged not to pass a budget if the health-care law funding was part of it, said shutting down the government was a "dumb idea" -- but that he wouldn't change his approach in the future.

"I said throughout the whole battle that shutting down the government was a dumb idea," Paul said Monday night on Fox News. "Even though it did appear as if I was participating in it, I said it was a dumb idea."