October 2nd, 2013

Rep. Grimm (R-NY): GOP problem – dealing with “far right faction;” Dems “want this shut down”

On “New Day,” Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) told Anchor Chris Cuomo that Republicans have a challenge within their own party with representatives on the “far right” when it comes to ending the government shutdown. He added that Democrats “want this shut down,” members of U.S. Congress are “nonessential,” and that some politicians would “absolutely deal” with the debt ceiling the same way they are handling funding the government now.

“Within my own conference, obviously everyone knows, we have a far right faction that we have to deal with and we have to unify,” Rep. Grimm said. “So that’s one challenge for the Republican party.”

Later in the interview, Rep. Grimm said, “I really believe, unfortunately, [Democrats] want this shut down a little bit because politically they believe it helps them…. They’re not looking to come to the table for a bi-partisan effort. They’re looking for opportunities to score political points. And that’s not helpful right now. So, we have two problems – one on the left, one on the right….”

“New Day” airs weekday mornings from 6-9 a.m. ET on CNN.