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Just days after negotiating America’s rescue from the fiscal cliff, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the work isn’t done when it comes to spending cuts and entitlement reform — and he won’t rule out a government shutdown as the means by which to secure those changes.

McConnell appeared on NBC‘s “Meet the Press” with David Gregory on Sunday morning, and the two men got in a intense back-and-forth about the possibility of a government shutdown.

“If you are not satisfied that you’re dealing with the spending issue, the entitlement issue, the way you think it ought to be dealt with, would you rule out a government shutdown to achieve your goals?” Gregory asked.

“What I think we ought to do is to encourage the President to actually be President, address the single biggest issue confronting the future of our country,” McConnell answered.

“I understand that’s your view,” the host countered. “But my question is will you rule out a government shutdown?”

“I know what your question is,” McConnell responded. “What I’m telling you is I haven’t given up on the President stepping up to the plate and tackling the single biggest issue confronting the country.”

“But senators, like Senators Toomey and Cornyn are saying they would consider a government shutdown,” Gregory pressed. “As the leader of the Republicans, would you rule it out?”

“As the leader of the Republicans, what I’m telling you we elected the President to be President,” the Senator responded. “It’s time for him to step up to the plate and lead us in the direction of reducing our excessive spending.”

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