GOP senator on resolving healthcare differences: 'Even porcupines make love'
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Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Senate passes mammoth farm bill Moderates need to hold firm against radical right on Farm Bill 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.

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Nine GOP senators are opposed to the Senate bill in its current form. Conservative Republicans such as Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE GOP senator moves to restart Pentagon report on NATO allies' spending MORE (Utah), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Memo: Trump leaves chaos in his wake in UK Beto O'Rourke is dominating Ted Cruz in enthusiasm and fundraising — but he's still headed for defeat GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE MORE (Texas) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul ‘concerned’ about Kavanaugh Rand Paul on Russia indictments: We should focus on protecting elections instead of 'witch hunt on the president' Sunday shows preview: Trump readies for meeting with Putin MORE (Ky.) say it doesn't go far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act, while GOP moderates including Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 Overnight Health Care: Watchdog finds Tom Price improperly used funds on flights | Ex-Novartis CEO sent drug pricing proposal to Cohen | HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts MORE (Maine) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerJacky Rosen hits Dean Heller over health care in first negative ad GOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE 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.