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Coburn lashes out at conservative groups over ObamaCare threat

Coburn dismissed the group of Senate Republicans spearheaded by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who are pushing the strategy. He said they are a minority of the caucus backed by outside groups.

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Coburn has been one of the most outspoken critics of the strategy. He rejected the notion that senators threatening a government shutdown have caused a major rift in the GOP.

“That is not true. You have 11 Republicans senators out of 46,” he said. “That means 35 don’t agree with the strategy … that in my 65 years of life think is a pregnant strategy that … will deliver nothing other than pain and not be successful.”

Coburn said it is impossible to win the favor of bloggers and outside groups with their uncompromising position. He was reacting to a column written by influential conservative Erik Erikson, who wrote that Coburn is toeing the leadership line after being converted and corrupted.

“The fact is, unless you agree with them 100 percent of the time all the time, you don’t pass muster,” Coburn said.

Coburn argued that the group went about their strategy the wrong way by publicly pressuring Republicans.  Even though he supports the end goal, he said the debate should have happened internally so it could move forward with the full support of the Republican Party.