Meet the Press   |  October 06, 2013

Paul says GOP has offered ‘compromise after compromise’

Paul said Republicans have ‘been offering compromise after compromise’ to fund the government, but President Obama has failed to negotiate.

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>> of course, but you have to propose something that can get through the house, the senate and be signed by the president. back in the '80s, they didn't shut down the government to make that happen, did they?

>> well, how do you know what will pass until you propose something and vote on it? so we proposed several come compromis compromises. our initial position and still our position is we think obama care is a bad idea and will hurt the people it's intended to help. when that didn't pass, when democrats didn't accept that, we said, what about a one-year delay? we've been offering compromise after compromise, but you hear from the president and his men and his women, no negotiation. his way or the highway. they were the ones who were unwilling to compromise on any facet of obama care, and i think that in tratransigence has led to a shutdown of the government.

>> what part of obama care do you like and want to keep? which half of it?

>> i don't really like any of obama care, but i realize i'm not going to get my way. we do control a third of the government, people did elect us to fight. 61% of the people in kentucky voted for romney, 70% of the people in kentucky don't like obama care. so the thing is, i'm supposed to go and fight to make bills either less bad or make them better, if possible, so i think it is my job to stand up and provide oversight for legislation. it's precisely what congress is supposed to be doing. this is congress' job.