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October 4th, 2013
07:24 PM ET

Leon Panetta: Shutdown a "tragic moment for the United States"

The former Secretary of Defense and director of the CIA Leon Panetta has had many roles in Washington, including Bill Clinton's chief of staff during the last government shutdown in 1995 and 1996 - and before that, chairman of the House Budget Committee. He talks to Wolf Blitzer about what the shutdown means for America.


Filed under: Government shutdown • Leon Panetta
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  1. Lisa Golden

    I think we need to make clear to the TEA PARTY that AMERICA is a DEMOCRACY, can we all agree on that? Therefore they are threatening our democracy by trying to not fund obamacare? John Boehner is not President! Also, I believe in FREE and FAIR markets, can we point out that the govt. dysfunction (i.e.) tea party is hurting the ability of our markets and possibly global markets to operate FREELY right now? TEA PARTY did not want to pay people to stay home from work? Welfare people NO, Govt employees YES? Expose these Tea Party idiots on CNN with pictures of who they are all 40 of them so we can VOTE them OUT!!!! They are taking away our democracy, free markets and adding to our deficit, possibly hurting our security!

    October 7, 2013 at 11:18 am |
  2. Allan

    The American people are being held hostage by their legislatures who are more interested in making sure that they are re-elected than doing the work of the people.

    The time has come to discuss seriously term limits for both houses of government, The House of Representatives and the Senate, a maximum of two terms. These limits would almost certainly change the priorities of elected individuals and at the same time reduce the influence of the powerful lobbyists on the hill.

    October 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
  3. Greg, Ontario

    Tragic moment...come on man. Governments have done this many times to make a budget balance.

    October 5, 2013 at 10:41 am |

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