John McCain’s legacy may be ruined. His hate for Trump has outweighed his friendship with Lindsey Grham and even McCain’s own political views.
“The reason we didn’t repeal [ObamaCare] is because we have six or seven Republican senators who got cold feet,” Paul said at the High School Leadership Summit hosted by conservative group Turning Point USA (TPUSA).
“Let’s just say, John McCain and a few others,” Paul added, drawing boos from the audience.
According to National Review, In 2015, McCain joined all but one other GOP senator in voting to repeal Obamacare. The next year he ran an ad in his primary campaign against a Tea Party Republican claiming he was “leading the fight to stop Obamacare.” That ad helped him win 51 percent of the primary vote.
Just this year, McCain introduced a bill to “fully” repeal Obamacare and replace it with a “free-market approach that strengthens the quality and accessibility of care.”
As Reported By Politico:
Ultimately, his friendship with Graham mattered less than McCain’s grievances with the lack of scrutiny and lack of bipartisanship surrounding the bill.
“I’ve never known John on something he believes strongly to defer to a friend,” said Charlie Black, a longtime adviser who speaks to McCain regularly. The GOP leadership’s view that McCain would buckle under new pressure or reverse course because Graham was involved “didn’t make sense to me,” Black added.
McCain’s announcement Friday to reject the latest iteration of repeal wasn’t as dramatic as the shocking thumbs-down he motioned to deliver the death blow the last time. But his lengthy statement on Friday was probably just as consequential, dealing most likely a fatal blow to the Senate GOP’s last, best attempt to repeal Obamacare.