Nightly News   |  October 11, 2013

Republicans scrambling to end shutdown

Public opinion indicates the shutdown has backfired on the GOP, with the majority of Americans believing Republicans are pushing their own political agenda at the expense of the country. NBC’s Chuck Todd reports.

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>>> good evening. while it's too early yet to report real progress or any kind of real movement, it does appear the anger of the american public might just force the hands of some of the holdouts in washington. the numbers in the nbc news poll we broadcast last night show the government shutdown has caused real damage and most respondents put the blame on the republicans in congress. today we started hearing the first indications that something might be worked out. let's ee's begin our coverage there. chuck todd can start us off with the latest. good evening.

>> reporter: good evening, brian. at this late hour things are moving quickly, at least for washington, toward a potential deal to open the government and raise the debt ceiling so the country avoids default. right now it's the nontea party house republicans scrambling to come up with a politically dignified way out of the shutdown. the republicans are dropping most of their demands, holding out hope they can at least force a larger negotiation with the white house on a long-term deficit reduction deal. it's triggered a renewed sense of you are jep urgency. it indicates the shutdown backfired on the gop. two results unnerved many republicans we talked to today. the fact that a majority of the country blames the gop and not the president for the shutdown, and that an even larger number of americans believes it is the republicans pushing their ownership political agenda at the expense of the greater good. it will be a long ebb weekend but don't be surprise if monday or tuesday we have a deal and government is fully operational again.

>> chuck todd at the white house this friday night. thanks.