By Blake Neff - 08/14/13 08:39 PM EDT
A primary challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellClinton, Trump sharpen attacks Sanders, Merkley back McConnell decision to skip TPP vote John McCain: No longer a profile in courage 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 CruzThe Trail 2016: On the fringe FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton links Trump to 'alt-right' in Reno Presidential hopefuls still bank on retail politics MORE (R-Texas), Rand PaulRand PaulTrump, Clinton boost Snapchat spending Clinton enjoying edge over Trump in Silicon Valley Trump gets little backing from Silicon Valley MORE (R-Ky.) and Mike LeeMike LeeThe impact of silence: The incarceration of children who have committed no crime Fidelity denies lobbying for student loan tax break Cruz, Lee question legality of Iran payment 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.