Clinton: Shutdown shows 'scorched earth' politics

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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013 12:00 am

CLINTON, N.Y. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is deriding the partial government shutdown, saying dysfunction and gridlock are emblematic of too many people in politics choosing "scorched earth over common ground."

The former senator and secretary of state said during a speech Friday night at Hamilton College in upstate New York that it was difficult to recall a time when "politicians were willing to risk so much damage to the country to pursue their own agendas."

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