People sound off on gov’t shutdown at Rep. Sanford’s town hall meeting

Published: Oct. 7, 2013 at 12:02 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2013 at 3:00 AM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Congressman Mark Sanford is holding a couple of town hall meetings around the Lowcountry to hear what you have to say.

Summerville resident Steven Wright said, "I think ultimately it's not about a battle, it's about who has the best solution to the problem."

"Everybody needs to give a little. You can't always get what you want," said Mt. Pleasant resident Donna Orner.

The boos and applause made it easy to tell what views people stood against and agreed with at the town hall meeting.

Hands were raised and concerns expressed as Congressman Sanford spoke to a room packed with more than 200 people at the North Charleston City Hall.

Speaking at the meeting, an Army veteran said, "It irritates me to no end to see everybody playing games with the lives of Americans, not just veterans but everybody."

The Affordable Care Act also came up several times during the meeting. One man held a sign that said the "The ACA will help USA" and a woman spoke in opposition getting mixed reaction from the crowd.

The woman said, "You put Obamacare on and this economy will continue its trajectory downward."

The congressman said he'll have a better idea of what will happen when party leaders offer new alternatives on Monday. He stood strong on what lawmakers should do about approving the spending bill.

"We have a real spending problem in this country that in one form or another has to get resolved," said Sanford.

With all the competing ideas on what to do next, Sanford expects the shutdown to overlap with discussion concerning the debt ceiling.

The longest government shutdown lasted 21 days ending early 1996. Some are willing to wait it out again.

Orner said, "we all lived through it. We've got to do something now or in the next 10 years where are we going to be."

Sanford will appear tomorrow at noon at the meeting for the Hilton Head Island 1st Monday Club.

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