McConnell challenger pushes him to take stand on ObamaCare

A primary challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThe Memo: Winners and losers from the battle over healthcare GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support 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 CruzHow 'Big Pharma' stifles pharmaceutical innovation AIPAC must reach out to President Trump Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support MORE (R-Texas), Rand PaulRand PaulTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Rand Paul takes victory lap on GOP health bill MORE (R-Ky.) and Mike LeeMike LeeLawmakers signal fight for healthcare reform is not over Lee: Healthcare 'absolutely not' behind us GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill 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.