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Gov. Bobby Jindal Tries To Pin Potential Government Shutdown Over Immigration On Obama

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal with the GOP's latest set of talking points on the immigration showdown.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal with the GOP's latest set of Frank Luntz approved talking points on this Sunday's Meet the Press. If Republicans in the Congress shutdown the government rather than allowing the House to vote on the immigration bill that already passed with bipartisan support in the Senate, it's all Obama's fault!

CHUCK TODD: Very quickly on immigration. If the president goes through with his executive action, do you think Republicans and Capitol Hill ought to use even the power of shutting down the government to stop him from doing it?

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL: Two things. I don't think the president should shut down the government to try to break the Constitution. The reality is this. I do think the--

CHUCK TODD: You think the president would be shutting down the government?

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL: Oh, absolutely.

CHUCK TODD: So you do want Republicans to fight him on this to the point that it could shut down the government?

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL: Absolute-- I don't think the president should shut down the government.

CHUCK TODD: But you're twisting my question.

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL: But wait, wait.

CHUCK TODD: That means you want that kind of showdown?

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL: Let's step back and understand what we're talking about. So the president said, "I want to break the law." He purposely said I’m going to wait till after the election, because I know it's not going to be popular to grant amnesty to millions of folks here that are here illegally. We had an election. He said his policies were on the ballot.

He lost in red states, purple states, blue states. The American people overwhelmingly rejected and rejected his policies. Now he's saying, "I'm still going to break the law." Talk about arrogance. This president used to say, "Elections have consequences." We're talking about how can the Congress force the president to follow the law?

I would expect even Democrats who may agree with him on substance, to say the right way to do this is to follow the Constitution, follow the law. No, we shouldn't shut down the government, but absolutely Republicans should do everything they can to force the president to follow the law. Let's secure the border. No, the president shouldn't shut down the government so that he can break the law.

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