Mitch McConnell CPAC Speech: GOP Senator Slams Obamacare

03/15/2013 10:05 am ET | Updated Mar 15, 2013
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On the second day of the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke out against the Affordable Care Act.

McConnell said people were "dead wrong" if they thought Republicans were done fighting against Obamacare.

HuffPost's Luke Johnson reports:

McConnell said the fight against Obamacare is not over despite the reelection of President Barack Obama and being upheld by the Supreme Court. He praised fellow Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), both moves seemed calculated to appeal to conservative base voters.

He brought a prop of what he said was 20,000 pages of Obamacare regulations, tied in a bright red ribbon. Referring to an amendment this week by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that failed, he said, "Every single Republican voted to defund Obamacare." The crowd loudly applauded. "Anybody who thinks we have moved beyond it is dead wrong."

He said that he would "bring the fight to the left."

This is not the first time McConnell has mocked Obamacare. In March 2012, McConnell said he was "a little surprised but there wasn't a birthday cake to celebrate the second anniversary of Obamacare."

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03/16/2013 4:53 PM EDT

Walker Goes 47%: Obama Wants 'Government Dependence'

HuffPost's Jason Linkins reports:

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@ elisefoley :

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@ achorowitz :

Phyllis Schlafly just asked if we would please follow her on Twitter. What.

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Schlafly On Immigration

@ Bencjacobs :

Phyllis Schafly says immigrants will all vote Democratic, I don't think Marco Rubio agrees #cpac

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@ jmartpolitico :

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