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San Diegans fed up with government shutdown

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The partial government shutdown is also affecting people here in San Diego. As it drags on, many are getting fed up and some are taking action to get their message across.

Edward Mitchell is a World War II veteran, and he's been a longtime Republican, until now. He places blame on Republicans in Congress for using Obamacare as a bargaining chip.

"It's a law, it's a law passed by both houses and signed by the president.You don't do it that way," he said.

He's fed up by the partial government shutdown.

"This was finally the straw that broke the camel's back. So I'm going to change," Edward said.

After six decades, he's changing party affiliations from Republican to Democrat.

"I feel good, it's time I did it," he said.

He took his party affiliation card to the main post office, hoping his voice will be heard.

"I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels the same way," he said.

Figures from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters show in November 2008, there were about 3,200 more registered Democrats than Republicans. In November 2012, the number grew to 22,000 more. As of October 1, there are now 24,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans here in San Diego County.

Tony Krvaric, chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County, says people switch party affiliations all the time for various reasons, and overall when you look at percentages, San Diego County voters have remained loyal to their parties.

As for the government shutdown, he says it's the Democrats who aren't willing to negotiate.

"If someone's joining the Democratic Party today, it's like rushing onto the Titanic. They're joining the party that's refusing to fund veterans, that's refusing to fund our national parks, that helped shut down the Amber Alert website over the weekend, and that's not willing to curb spending on the federal government side," Kravaric said.

According to the latest CBS News poll, 44 percent of respondents say they blame the shutdown on Republicans in Congress, compared to 35 percent who say they blame the president and the Democrats. Seventeen percent say they blame both sides.

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