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Rauner Will Shut Down Illinois, According to One Side of His Mouth


Candidate Rauner cannot decide whether or not it’s a good idea to “shut things down for a little while”

Billionaire venture capitalist and self-identified member of the “0.01%” Bruce Rauner has made his disdain for public sector workers no secret. In 2013, he bragged about forming an anti-teacher PAC and recently unveiled a “budget” that will cut public school resources down to the bone. If he gets his way, there is no way Illinois will be able to provide the services taxpayers rely on every day.

But he has a plan! 

In a newly surfaced video, Illinois' Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner suggested if elected governor, he will fire public employees and potentially shut down the government to address his state's fiscal challenges.

The video, circulated today by the Illinois Federation of Teachers, shows Rauner addressing the Tazewell County Republican dinner
 in March. In remarks to that group, Rauner said: "We may have to go through rough times. We may have to do what Ronald Reagan did with the air traffic controllers. Sort of have to do a do-over and shut things down for a little while. That's what we're gonna do."

Rauner was referring to President Reagan’s
firing of air traffic controllers during their fight for safe working conditions in 1981.

He repeated those sentiments at a different appearance in Cumberland County.

Via Capitol Fax:

“I may have to take a strike and shut down the government for a few weeks and kinda redo everybody’s contract.”

Now that these videos have been made public and created a groundswell of backlash, Rauner is backing down from them.  

In response to the outcry, Rauner’s campaign said their candidate “has put forth a detailed plan for reviving Illinois, and shutting down state government is not among those plans.”

At least not anymore? Bruce Rauner’s ideas are too extreme for Illinois, and he knows that he needs both sides of his mouth to gain votes in this election – one for his TV commercials, and the other when he thinks no one is videotaping. Sound familiar?

Video of GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney explaining his contempt for 47% of Americans who he felt would reelect President Obama because they “believe they are victims … that the government has a responsibility to care for them.” This is not the first time that Rauner flip-flopped when his closed-door comments were made public.

A day after Bruce Rauner offered qualified support for a minimum-wage hike, a new video surfaced Thursday showing the GOP gubernatorial candidate telling an audience of Downstate Republicans in September that he “adamantly, adamantly” opposes raising the income bar for Illinois’ working poor.

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