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Sen. Rand Paul Refuses to Buckle to WH 'Charm Offensive'

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 03:26 PM

Republican Sen. Rand Paul stuck to his opposition to the House GOP plan on replacing Obamacare despite prodding from President Donald Trump, telling MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that "I don't think they have the numbers to pass this at this point."

After Paul voiced his opposition to the plan on Tuesday, Trump sent out a tweet encouraging him to get on board with the House Republican proposal.

But Paul did not appear to be buckling under what he called the president's "charm offensive," saying that "I think the White House, the administration, and the president understand that there's enough conservatives that they can't pass 'Obamacare lite.' That's why this week, what's going on behind the scenes is a charm offensive. Every conservative that's come out publicly opposed to this has been called by the White House and is being cajoled and wooed by the White House to give in."

Paul appeared confident that "if conservatives stick together, we will have a force and a negotiation, and we will talk about clean repeal versus replacement."

The senator reiterated that because Republicans are in agreement on repeal but not replacement, "that's why we should vote on them separately."

Paul said in an interview with Politico that is the message he reiterated to Trump when he spoke with him on the hone about the plan.

Although Republican leaders have privately been upset at Paul's attempt to split the party on the issue, the senator said about the attention he's received from the president that "I don't feel isolated by this. I actually feel emboldened."

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Republican Sen. Rand Paul stuck to his opposition to the House GOP plan on replacing Obamacare despite prodding from President Donald Trump, telling MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that "I don't think they have the numbers to pass this at this point."
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