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South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford pauses as he addresses the media at a news conference at the State House in Columbia, South Carolina September 10, 2009. 61 South Carolina House Republicans recently asked Sanford to resign after earlier reports this y
"And I wasn't really hiking on the Appalachian Trail either."
If you ask Texas Sen. Ted Cruz about last October's government shutdown, his answer isn't a surprise:
President Obama and the Democrats shut the government.
But if you ask South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford the same question, you won't get the same answer. Because in his opinion:
The government didn’t shut down.
Sanford acknowledges that everybody thinks the government shut down, but because "only" 40 percent of the Federal workforce was furloughed during the shutdown, he thinks a shutdown didn't really happen.

The moral of the story: Don't ever let it be said that there isn't a diversity of opinion among the tea party. True, they were all unanimously in favor of the shutdown. But some of them, like Ted Cruz, blame it on President Obama. And others, like Mark Sanford, say it never happened.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 08:05 AM PDT.

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