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October 15th, 2013
12:06 PM ET

What's at stake in the budget debate?

Congressman Jeff Denham – R-California – is one of ten Republicans being targeted in a new round of ads that blame Republicans for the government shutdown.

The ad paints Denham as a Tea Party Republican, but the congressman considers himself to be a Republican joining with the Tea Party in this shutdown battle.

“I’m not necessarily concerned about it,” Denham said. “I’ve got a job to do here, and that’s to represent the people of my district.”

Denham is more focused on the issue of the fast approaching debt ceiling than attacks on his political standing.

“This isn’t a Republican or Democrat [matter], this is about America, our jobs, our full faith and credit to other nations,” he said.

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