ABC News’ Rick Klein reports:
Few voices on Capitol Hill are openly rooting for a government shutdown, of course. But not all agree that it would be unmitigated disaster that the public would ultimately mind all that much.
On ABC’s “Top Line” today, Rep. Thad McCotter, R-Mich., a former member of the House Budget Committee, said he thinks the “majority of the public would agree” that a partial shutdown of the federal government wouldn’t be that bad in their lives.
“But I also think the majority, the vast majority of Americans don't want to see the government partially shut down because two parties can't agree,” McCotter continued. “In a very chaotic time for our country, they would like to see institutions functioning. They would like to see the individuals they send to serve them being able to get along.”
McCotter said he intends to vote against any budget deal that includes less than $61 billion in budget cuts – the number House Republicans voted to send on to the president. Current negotiations suggest that the final level of cuts will be between $33 billion and $40 billion.
But even the opposition of a majority of Republicans may not keep House Speaker John Boehner from cutting a deal, McCotter said.
“I think John has always been very up front. He wants the will of the majority of the House to prevail, not necessarily the will of the majority party. So I think in his instinctiveness — if he sees something he believes in the best interest of the country, he will try to rope up the votes. Depending on where they are, what side of the aisle, won't matter to him. I know a lot of Republicans like myself are committed to the 61, but he's the speaker and his position has been long-standing.”
We also got McCotter’s take on Charlie Sheen’s recent (widely panned) performance in Detroit: “He was losing in Detroit, man, badly. They all wanted their money back. Not winning.”
Watch the “Top Line” interview with Rep. Thad McCotter HERE.