With a $42 billion shortfall, no state is having bigger budget problems than California. Republicans in the California legislature voted to replace one of their state leaders because he had agreed to a compromise with the Democrats.


California Lt. Governor John Garamendi told MSNBC's Contessa Brewer that he is fighting Republican efforts to shut down the government. "We has an infection and it's a Republican infection that's really spreading across this nation," he said.

This video is from MSNBC's Countdown, broadcast Feb. 18, 2009.


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