Coburn: Not a ‘Smart Strategy’ to Shut Down Gov’t for Obamacare

By Melanie Arter | August 23, 2013 | 12:51 PM EDT

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) ( Starr)

( – Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Thursday it would not be “smart” to shut down the government over Obamacare, but it would make sense to do it over the debt limit.

“I actually don’t think it’s a smart strategy to shut down the government as a method of defending Obamacare. I think if you want to do it, do it on the debt limit,” Coburn said during a town hall meeting in Muskogee, Okla.

Coburn was asked what the GOP would do in the next 12 months to “correct the course” and whether Coburn would go on the Mark Levin show to talk about Levin’s book, “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic.”  

“I would if I was invited. Right now, I’m kind of out of favor with the Levin show,” Coburn said, explaining that he and Levin disagree on shutting down the government over Obamacare.

“Don’t do it on shutting down the government, because our economy’s so precarious right now, and shutting down the government won’t stop Obamacare one iota. It’ll continue to roll out,” Corburn said.

The Oklahoma senator said the GOP is “limited,” because they only control the House of Representatives, which is just “one-sixth of the total government.”

“We don’t control the presidency. We don’t control the Senate, and we have – according to recent court decisions – very little influence on the elitists on the court. So, it’s hard for us to do things,” he said.