It’s no surprise that Gov. Bob McDonnell would criticize President Barack Obama in the hours leading up to a federal government shutdown.
The Republican governor did just that in a news conference this afternoon, saying Obama “has got to lead in a stronger and more effective way” and negotiate with a politically divided Congress.
But McDonnell also took aim at Republicans in the House of Representatives for holding up passage of a stopgap government funding measure in a futile effort to defund the federal health care law.
“My Republican friends have got to understand that there’s no way on earth that the president and the United States Senate are going to vote to defund Obamacare,” McDonnell said during a news conference in which he outlined the potential impacts a shutdown would have on Virginia.
“It is absolutely wrong to shut down the government and to threaten to shut down the government over this issue, because the basic function of government is to keep itself running and to provide the core services that the American taxpayers invest trillions of dollars of their money in every year,” McDonnell said. “Now it looks like, within a mater of hours, that basic obligation is going to be unmet by the president and the United State Congress. So shame on everybody. ”
– Michael Sluss