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Websites crash after people make voices heard on debt showdown

President Barack Obama told people Monday night to contact their legislators and let them know how they felt about the debt showdown. "If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of Congress know," Obama said. "If you...

President Barack Obama told people Monday night to contact their legislators and let them know how they felt about the debt showdown.

"If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of Congress know," Obama said. "If you believe we can solve this problem through compromise, send that message."

They did in a big way, overwhelming phone lines and crashing numerous congressional websites including one for Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis.

The site was still down as of 3 p.m. Tuesday.

"People are engaged," Kind said. "They're paying attention and wondering if this standoff will get resolved."

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Before the site crashed, he'd received more than 200 emails. Most of what he's hearing, Kind said, is a call for some sort of compromise that would avoid defaulting. But some are saying they don't want the debt ceiling raised under any circumstances.

"If something isn't worked out next week and we go into default, it will be the biggest unforced error in the history of our nation because it's political," Kind said.

Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., hasn't had trouble with his website, but his communications director, Sara Severs, was monitoring it, as well as phone lines to his office all day.

While Severs said they haven't experienced a huge uptick in phone calls from constituents, groups came to the representative's offices in Mankato and Rochester on Tuesday asking that social security and Medicare be protected.

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