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McConnell says he has no regrets over backing Justice Roberts confirmation

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) insisted Sunday that he doesn’t have buyer’s remorse when it comes to supporting the confirmation of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

“No, I’m not,” McConnell said on CNN's "State of the Union," when asked if he was sorry about voting for Roberts, who was confirmed in 2005.

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The chief justice, nominated under former President George W. Bush, drew conservatives’ ire when he cast the deciding vote on the court to uphold President Obama’s signature healthcare reform law in last month’s landmark decision.

McConnell said he was “extremely disappointed” with the court ruling.

Roberts upheld the individual health insurance mandate by ruling that the penalty for failing to have insurance is constitutional under the taxing powers of Congress.

McConnell sought to turn the spotlight to President Obama. “The president said it wouldn’t raise taxes. It is raising taxes,” McConnell said of the healthcare law.