McConnell challenger pushes him to take stand on ObamaCare

A primary challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: VA nominee on the ropes | White House signals it will fight for pick | Trump talks Syria with Macron | McConnell tees up Pompeo vote Schumer to oppose Pompeo as secretary of State Trump's nominee for the VA is on the ropes MORE (R-Ky.) is pushing him to take a stand against funding for ObamaCare. 

Kentucky Senate candidate Matt Bevin released a Web video on Wednesday that shows Republican Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCambridge Analytica whistleblower briefs House Dems After Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp Cruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump MORE (R-Texas), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP anxiety grows over Trump’s Iran decision Overnight Defense: VA nominee on the ropes | White House signals it will fight for pick | Trump talks Syria with Macron | McConnell tees up Pompeo vote Schumer to oppose Pompeo as secretary of State MORE (R-Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeMike Lee pens op-ed calling legislation to protect Mueller 'unconstitutional' Senate confirms Trump’s pick to lead NASA Key senators warn Trump of North Korea effort on Syria MORE (R-Utah) calling for the defunding of the healthcare law. The video then segues into a speech by Bevin calling for the same.

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"We hear a lot of empty rhetoric from Mitch McConnell about ending ObamaCare,” Bevin is shown saying in the video. “Stop talking about yanking it out root and branch, and start voting in the U.S. Senate to kill it by defunding it. Stand with Senator Mike Lee!"

The video concludes by asking “Where’s Mitch? Good question.”

On Tuesday, McConnell told a crowd in Corbin, Ky., that while he strongly desired repeal of the healthcare law, “shutting down the government will not stop ObamaCare.”

The GOP leader is in a difficult position politically as he balances his role as party leader with a reelection campaign that has him taking fire from both the right and the left.

McConnell has already gone on the attack against Bevin, a former businessman, by trying to portray him as an unreliable conservative.

His campaign released an ad this week labeling him “Bailout Bevin” for receiving $200,000 in grants from the state of Connecticut after a 2012 fire.