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Joe Scarborough: Obstruction in 2015 Would Cost GOP in '16

By    |   Monday, 03 November 2014 08:52 PM EST

MSNBC host and former Republican Rep. Joe Scarborough warns that if the GOP, poised for big wins in Tuesday's midterms, doesn't use its new-found power wisely it could cost the party in the next presidential election.

"Most Republicans I talk to understand if all they do is obstruct in 2015, they will lose the big election, the big prize, in 2016," Scarborough said Monday on MSNBC's "Hardball."

"They have to put points up on the board over the next two years – or they'll be the 'Party of No' and they won't win in 2016," he added. "Most Republicans understand that. Don't know if [Texas Sen.] Ted Cruz does or not, but I don't think it really matters at this point."

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Cruz has said he will use a Republican takeover of the Senate to try to push for hearings on President Barack Obama's "abuse of power."

Scarborough voiced a similar opinion earlier in the day on his own show, "Morning Joe."

"Barack Obama still believed in 2012 that if he won re-election, Republicans would suddenly say, 'Oh, he's legitimized, and we're going to work with him,'" Scarborough said.

"No, it's going to take this final step of Republican takeover to go, 'Do I want to get things done or not?' and for Republicans to then have no more excuses. They're either going to make Capitol Hill work, or they're going to screw it up. If they screw it up for two years, they will lose in 2016."

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MSNBC host and former Republican Rep. Joe Scarborough warns that if the GOP, poised for big wins in Tuesday's midterms, doesn't use its new-found power wisely it could cost the party in the next presidential election.
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