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Shutdown's Effects on Campaign Season

The shutdown is already affecting campaign strategies as politicians gear up for next year's election.
Arkansas - The shutdown is already affecting campaign strategies as politicians gear up for next year's election.

"I don't think it's right for Congress, the House or Senate to really pat itself on the back for doing our job," says Senator Mark Pryor (D). "We shoulda never been here in the first place."

But we are here, and now that a deal is done, University of Arkansas Professor Hoyt Purvis says Republicans are dealing with the aftermath.

"The temptation is to say the Republican party will be hurt," he says. "I think nationally the Republican party has definitely been damaged."

Purvis says the Natural State is kinder to the GOP.

"President Obama is notoriously unpopular in Arkansas," he says. "That's just a political reality and I don't know that it has really hurt Republicans that much."

The 16 day shutdown is having an impact on Democratic Senator Mark Pryor.

"What I hear every single time I'm here in Arkansas is, 'Why can't you guys just get along.'"

Pryor sees Wednesday's deal as a victory for bipartisanship, and he plans to base his campaign on cooperation.

"I think that's really where most Americans are," Pryor says. "They want to stop the bickering, stop the gridlock and they want people in Washington who are going to work together."

His expected Republican opponent, Representative Tom Cotton says Pryor and Senate Democrats are responsible for the shutdown.

"They would rather keep their Obamacare subsidies and exemptions than keep the government open," he says. "I do believe that Arkansas voters realize that, and that will be an issue in the campaign."

He says his argument will grow stronger as the election draws closer.

"I believe as we go forward over the next several months we'll see, not only not being ready to be fully implemented, but also continue to have very negative effects for Arkansans," Cotton says.
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