WATCH: Rand Paul Calls for Two GOP Senators Voted Out of Office
Rand Paul is calling for Republicans to vote Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski out of office for their votes against repealing the Affordable Care Act.
Donald Trump had a list of goals he wanted to accomplish upon entering the White House. Many of these goals involved undoing many of Barack Obama’s signature accomplishments. And the 45th president came very close to repealing Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act.
In the end, John McCain famously stopped the repeal by turning his thumb down during the vote. Kind of lost in the story was the fact that two other GOP lawmakers voted against the measure; Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Rand Paul certainly hasn’t forgotten what Murkowski and Collins did. In fact, he brought up the moment during a speech to donors on Saturday night. “This is our problem,” he began. “Seven Republicans voted to keep Obamacare. You remember John McCain doing it.” Only 3 Republican senators voted to keep Obamacare. Paul seemingly confused the number with that of the GOP senators who voted to convict Donald Trump of impeachment.
The Kentucky senator continued, “But here’s the thing: this is our problem. We know the Democrats want to have socialized medicine and nationalized health care. But Republicans say they’re for it, we got to keep them honest. And you got to send home the ones that lie to you.”
That might not be so easy. Collins was re-elected in November and will be a senator for the next 6 years. Trump has already called for Murkowski to be primaried in the upcoming election. She is very popular in Alaska, though, and will be tough to defeat.