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Trump swipes at McCain, says GOP will repeal ObamaCare 'eventually'

President Trump chided Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Democrats put Dreamers and their party in danger by playing hardball Trump set a good defense budget, but here is how to make it better MORE (R-Ariz.) late Friday for opposing a last-ditch plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, insisting the GOP would "eventually" roll back his predecessor's signature health-care law.
 
Trump called McCain's opposition "totally unexpected" and "terrible" during a campaign rally in Huntsville, Ala., where he stumped on behalf of Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe Trump Presidency: Year One Dems search for winning playbook Stephen Bannon steps down from Breitbart MORE (R-Ala.) ahead of Tuesday's GOP primary runoff against former judge Roy Moore.
 
"John McCain, if you look at his last campaign, it was all about repeal and replace, repeal and replace," Trump told the crowd. "So he decided to do something different, and that's fine."
 
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"We're going to do it eventually," Trump insisted of ObamaCare repeal efforts, adding Strange would help the GOP reach the goal.
 
Trump broadly chastised congressional Republicans for campaigning for seven years "saying repeal and replace, repeal and replace" and failing to deliver on the promise. 
 
 
"So it didn't take much courage," he continued. "I think they voted, what 61 times? Sixty-one times to repeal and replace. They finally get a president who will sign the legislation and they don't have the guts to vote for it."
 
 
McCain cast a deciding vote in late July killing a scaled-down ObamaCare repeal bill, joining Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe siren of Baton Rouge Interior plan to use drilling funds for new projects met with skepticism The 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework MORE (R-Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand FCC to officially rescind net neutrality rules on Thursday MORE (R-Maine) in voting against the bill.
 
The Arizona Republican announced Friday he would also vote against the latest repeal measure from Graham and Cassidy, which Republicans hoped to vote on next week ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline for approving the bill on a majority vote.
 
“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried," McCain said in a statement.
 
Trump said Friday night that he was provided a list of 10 GOP senators who were "absolute no's" on ObamaCare repeal, saying McCain was not on the list.
 
"John McCain was not on the list. So that was a totally unexpected thing, terrible. Honestly, terrible," Trump said.
 
The president acknowledged that McCain's opposition hurt GOP repeal efforts, but insisted the party would "go back" and press for repeal.
 
"It's like a boxer – they get knocked down, get up. Knocked down, get up," Trump said. 
 
"And then the bad ones, they stay in the stool and they say, 'We quit, we quit.' The great ones get up and they end up winning. That's what we're going to do. We might have to go back again and again."
 
Updated: 9:43 p.m.