Rand Paul may have found himself a new best friend.
The Kentucky senator who has announced his opposition to Graham-Cassidy will be the target of much wining-and-dining from the White House over the next few days as it struggles to pass something – anything! – that will fulfill Trump’s campaign promise and the seven-year promise of the Republican Party to repeal-and-replace Obamacare.
Donald Trump, of course, made his intention to lean on Senator Paul known in a tweet:
I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Also, while speaking to a crowd in Alabama, Trump also cleverly provided another incentive for the senator to support Graham-Cassidy: to screw John McCain.
As reported by Zero Hedge:
In a surprising demonstration of wit, President Donald Trump told a crowd of rowdy Alabamians Friday night that it would be amusingly “ironic” if Kentucky Senator Rand Paul offered to vote for the Republicans’ floundering Graham-Cassidy health-care bill after John McCain blindsided the administration by withdrawing his support On Friday. The two senators, Trump explained, do not get along. And by swooping in to save the Republicans’ Obamacare repeal-and-replace effort at the last second, Paul would be coronated a hero.
Trump apparently is hoping to cash in the recent feud between Senators McCain and Paul, which saw Senator Paul call Senator McCain “some old guy” and Senator McCain accusing Senator Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin.”
Trump’s comments today clearly differ in tone from the recent exchange of words between him and the senator.
Again according to Zero Hedge:
After saying earlier this year that he is determined to win Paul’s vote on health-care, the president appears to be making good on his word, launching what appears to be a personal charm offensive to try and win the support of one of the most intransigent Republican senators.
Rand Paul is important if Graham-Cassidy is going to get the 50 votes needed for it to pass.
None of the Senate’s 48 Democrats will support anything that does not further entrenches Obamacare by pushing its evolution into “Medicare for All.”
Republicans Senators Murkowski and Collins have announced with tragic irony that they are unlikely to support any healthcare bill that will not fund the killing of unborn children by way of funding Planned Parenthood.
And John McCain, by saying “I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried.” has essentially announced that he will never support an Obamacare repeal bill without the approval of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. In other words, John McCain will never support an Obamacare repeal bill.
Unfortunately, Rand Paul has responded to the president’s tweets with one of his own saying he would not be “bribed or bullied”.
I won't vote for Obamacare Lite that keeps 90% of the taxes & spending just so some people can claim credit for something that didn't happen
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 22, 2017
In other words, barring the unexpected, Obamacare is here to stay for the foreseeable future.