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Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said that the prospect of a partial government shutdown is “a hell of a lot better” than allowing President Obama to spend more money or raise taxes.

“Our opportunity here is on the debt ceiling,” Toomey said today on Morning Joe. “The president has made it very clear: he doesn’t even want to have a discussion about it, because he knows this is where we have leverage. We Republicans need to be willing to tolerate a temporary partial government shutdown –which is what that could mean — and insist that we get off the road to Greece because that’s the road we’re on right now.”

“A temporary disruption because we have to furlough the workers at the Department of Education or close down the national parks or not cut the grass on the Mall — that’s not optimal, it’s disruptive, but it’s a hell of a lot better than the path that we’re on,” Toomey added.

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