Health law separates potential GOP 2016 contenders

September 21, 2013 • National News

FILE – In this March 16, 2013, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gestures as he speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. The potential GOP presidential candidate says a shutdown of the federal government would violate government’s chief responsibility to run, and run efficiently. He views the next round of congressional campaigns in 2014 as a referendum on the federal health care law passed three years and two elections ago. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — A clear divide over the health care law separates the emerging field of potential GOP candidates for the 2016 presidential race, previewing the battles ahead as they try to rebuild their party and seize the White House.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says he will fight “with every breath” to stop President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement, even if that means shutting down parts of the federal government. It’s an approach that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush calls “quite dicey” politically for Republicans. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says flatly that a shutdown is “a dumb idea.”

“I’m acknowledging we probably can’t defeat or get rid of Obamacare,” Paul told reporters Saturday while attending a Republican conference in Michigan. “But by starting with our position of not funding it maybe we get to a position where we make it Login to read more

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