Pence: Republicans want to repeal healthcare 'lock, stock and barrel'

House Republicans will vote to repeal the healthcare law "lock, stock and barrel," Rep. Mike Pence said Wednesday. 

The remarks by the Indiana Republican, who is thought to be mulling a White House run, shows not all lawmakers shying away from colorful rhetoric in the wake of the Arizona shootings earlier this month. Pence is also a conservative favorite, and the remarks could be seen as a play for the base.

Pence made the comments as the House moved toward a vote Wednesday to repeal the healthcare law. 

“Today House Republicans are going to stand with the American people and vote to repeal their government takeover of health care lock, stock and barrel,” said Pence in a one-minute speech on the House floor.

In an interview with The Hill, Pence said he continues to use the phrase because he believes clear communication and consistency are important.

"I think it’s important that we speak plainly, that we speak confidently, and that we speak respectfully," said Pence. "In this case I think I did that."

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) has toned done some of his rhetoric on the repeal of healthcare by replacing the phrase “job-killing” with “job-crushing” and “job-destroying” in statements on his website. Other Republicans have followed suit in today's debate, while others have used the words "job-killing."

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has also refrained from using the term “job-killing” since the tragedy occurred in Tucson, Ariz.