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Sens. Collins, Murkowski on Repeal Vote: 'Hard Not to Be a Member of the Team'


By    |   Friday, 04 August 2017 09:20 AM

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said it was difficult to take a stand contrary to her party's and vote against their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"It's always hard not to be a member of the team. There's lots of pressure to do that. But in the end, I have to do what I think is right. And that's what I did in this case," Collins told CNN's Dana Bash in an interview on Thursday, alongside Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who also voted against the bill. 

Murkowski said she and fellow lawmakers should not have to feel "discouraged" from doing what they believe is right for the states they represent, and noted that senators could face "repercussion from your party, a tweet from the president, a backlash from your leadership" for their stances.

President Donald Trump slammed Murkowski in a tweet over her vote, saying she "really let the Republicans, and our country, down."

Murkowski said Trump called her personally to discuss the issue the day before he sent the tweet.

"I will just say that the president and I had a very direct call," she said.

Murkowski and Collins noted that in July, they told the president how they would vote during a meeting between him and Republican senators.

"I remember being so proud of you for saying directly to the president what your obligations were… the people of Maine don't expect me to be a rubber stamp," Collins said about Murkowski.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who joined them in the "no" vote, offered them a message of support. "He said people might not appreciate what has happened right now as being a positive… But the time will prove that having a pause, having a time out for us to do better is going to be good for the country," Murkowski said.

"It was a good, good, strong John McCain message," she added.

Collins said many Republicans are coming to believe that Trump's style is "not constructive" to governing and "I don't think the caucus is ignoring the president. But there may be some ignoring of his rhetoric, which, at times, is over the top," she said.

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Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine said it was difficult to take a stand contrary to her party's and vote against their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare."It's always hard not to be a member of the team.
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