A primary challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellGOP eager to see Harry Reid go Overnight Healthcare: Hospitals plot attack against ObamaCare repeal Republicans tie Trump's Defense pick to funding fight 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 CruzTed CruzPentagon's suppressed waste report only tip of the inefficient machine Markos Moulitsas: Kill the filibuster Ark., Texas senators put cheese dip vs. queso to the test MORE (R-Texas), Rand PaulRand PaulGOP rep: Trump has 'extra-constitutional' view of presidency The ignored question: What does the future Republican Party look like? Rand Paul skeptical about Romney as secretary of State MORE (R-Ky.) and Mike LeeMike LeeSenate GOP: National museum should include Clarence Thomas Senate GOP to Obama: Stop issuing new rules Will Trump back women’s museum? MORE (R-Utah) calling for the defunding of the healthcare law. The video then segues into a speech by Bevin calling for the same.
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.