Conservative activists occupy Erik Paulsen's office after he says he wants to end shutdown

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Paulsen repeatedly voted to repeal Obamacare, but now he's singing a different tune.
Earlier this week, Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen told KARE 11 that "if I had the opportunity just to fully fund the government, I would do that. Yes."

SEE ALSO: Erik Paulsen pushes medical device tax repeal while getting megabucks from medical industry

In other words, despite the fact he's voted in favor of every ill-fated House attempt to repeal Obamacare, Paulsen wants to end the federal government shutdown that has tea partiers like Michele Bachmann feeling especially warm and fuzzy inside.

Paulsen said he's even open to supporting a budget bill that doesn't include a cause near and dear to his heart -- repealing Obamacare's tax on medical devices.

"I think there is a level of uncomfort among many of my colleagues that a government shutdown is not in anyone's interest," Paulsen told KARE.

But that stance isn't popular with some conservative activists. In fact, a few of them are occupying Paulsen's Minnesota office until he levels with them about his willingness to end the shutdown.

From Politics in Minnesota's Paul Demko: Here's what Kihne herself has to say about the stakeout: Think of Sheila's poor bored-to-death children, Erik! Just take the phone call and humor her for a few minutes for their sake, if nothing else.

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