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McConnell Taking Fire From Right Wing

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said a debt default would hurt the Republican brand and help President Barack Obama’s re-election chances in 2012.

“It's one of the worst ideas I have ever heard,” Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (N.D.) said. “To just kick the can down the road and wipe their hands of any responsibility is the height of irresponsibility. … I must say when I heard this plan it took my breath away.”

Humberto Sanchez and Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report.

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