One day after Speaker John Boehner said “all options are on the table” to prevent President Barack Obama from taking executive action on immigration, Senator-Elect Cory Gardner echoed soon-to-be Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling the idea of a government shutdown or default “ridiculous,” and something a “mature governing body” should not “contemplate.”
Gardner made the comments to “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough Friday.
“Is there any way you could support a government shutdown or a default on the debt, as Mitch McConnell was saying yesterday there’s no way he ever could,” asked Scarborough.
“There’s no time, place or purpose of a government shutdown or default,” Gardner told Scarborough. “That’s simply ridiculous and something that a mature governing body doesn’t even contemplate … We ought to make it very clear that that’s simply not acceptable.”
Gardner also discussed his hope for potential progress to improve the U.S. immigration system, saying he supports a small guest worker program and improved border security. He also told Scarborough he finds it “unacceptable” for the GOP to say no all the time, adding that both Obama and Congress need to work together to figure out solutions.