GOP senator on resolving healthcare differences: 'Even porcupines make love'
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Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsSenate passes resolution requiring mandatory sexual harassment training Overnight Energy: Perry takes heat for sexual assault comments | Clovis withdraws nomination for USDA post | Battle lines drawn on Arctic refuge drilling | Energy regulator back to full strength Trump USDA pick linked to Mueller probe withdraws nomination MORE on Wednesday used a colorful animal metaphor to hint that GOP moderates and conservatives could still reach a deal on repealing ObamaCare.

When asked by reporters how the GOP could find common ground between the two sides, the Kansas Republican replied, "Even porcupines make love."

The remark was quickly picked up on social media:

Roberts, who wasn't on the working group of Senate Republicans who crafted the GOP's bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, hasn't yet stated how he will vote on the bill.


Nine GOP senators are opposed to the Senate bill in its current form. Conservative Republicans such as Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Health Care: Trump officials to allow work requirements for Medicaid GOP senator: CBO moving the goalposts on ObamaCare mandate Cornyn: Senate GOP tax plan to be released Thursday MORE (Utah), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Finance: GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few no votes | Highlights from day two of markup | House votes to overturn joint-employer rule | Senate panel approves North Korean banking sanctions GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few ready to vote against it Anti-gay marriage county clerk Kim Davis to seek reelection in Kentucky MORE (Texas) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senator asks to be taken off Moore fundraising appeals Red state lawmakers find blue state piggy bank Prosecutors tell Paul to expect federal charges against attacker: report MORE (Ky.) say it doesn't go far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act, while GOP moderates including Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program A bipartisan bridge opens between the House and Senate Gaming the odds of any GOP tax bill getting signed into law MORE (Maine) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerBipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program Dem donor on MSNBC: 'Hopefully we'll get our sh-- together' The Hill interview — DNC chief: I came here to win elections MORE (Nev.) have expressed fears it could leave too many without healthcare coverage.

The Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the upper chamber, meaning they can only afford two GOP defections to pass the bill.

Roberts's comments come the day after Senate leadership postponed a procedural vote on the legislation.