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White House throws a government shutdown fundraiser

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The Democrats are throwing a fundraising government shutdown party.

Vice President Biden has dispatched two emails to supporters slamming the Republicans over the budget and potential government shutdown that also seeks contributions to the Democratic Party of up to $2,000.

Shameless? Biden suggests it’s the Republicans who are the bad guys in the crisis, and he claims that they’ve given the party over to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is leading the fight to defund Obamacare.

"One senator is running the show in the Republican Party right now," wrote Biden in emails sent Sunday afternoon and another on Monday. "But for some reason I can't understand, the Republican Party is letting Ted Cruz lead their charge against Obamacare --- a law that they're still fighting tooth and nail, despite the fact that every branch of the federal government has approved it, and despite the fact that we're seeing real signs that it's starting to work."

In his email today, he added: "If you've been watching what's been happening here in Washington over the past couple of weeks, and you still think you need more reasons to support Democrats over Republicans, I'm not sure what to tell you. The choice is pretty clear."

Biden is quick to come back to the purpose of his emails, though: the Sept. 30 political fundraising deadline for this quarter, which conveniently lands right before the potential shutdown --- a good fundraising hook for the veep.

"Before Monday's fundraising deadline, support the organization that's standing up for Obamacare, and chip in $3 to the Democrats," he wrote.

Friend --

One senator is running the show in the Republican Party right now.

He's not my senator. And he's not your senator.

But for some reason I can't understand, the Republican Party is letting Ted Cruz lead their charge against Obamacare -- a law that they're still fighting tooth and nail, despite the fact that every branch of the federal government has approved it, and despite the fact that we're seeing real signs that it's starting to work.

Now, Ted Cruz isn't a bad guy. But he needs to be reminded that he's not representing the will of the American people when he tries to obstruct and defund Obamacare.

Before Monday's fundraising deadline, support the organization that's standing up for Obamacare, and chip in $3 to the Democrats.

There was a time when leaders from both parties came together to do what made sense for the country.

This isn't the Congress I remember being a part of. And it sure isn't a Congress that represents the American people.

Fight back against the far right by chipping in today:

https://my.democrats.org/Deadline

Thanks,

Joe

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.

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