GOP senator on resolving healthcare differences: 'Even porcupines make love'
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Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsGOP senators offer praise for Klobuchar: 'She’s the whole package' The Hill's Morning Report - House Dems prepare to swamp Trump with investigations The Hill's Morning Report — Will Ralph Northam survive? MORE on Wednesday used a colorful animal metaphor to hint that GOP moderates and conservatives could still reach a deal on repealing ObamaCare.

When asked by reporters how the GOP could find common ground between the two sides, the Kansas Republican replied, "Even porcupines make love."

The remark was quickly picked up on social media:

Roberts, who wasn't on the working group of Senate Republicans who crafted the GOP's bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, hasn't yet stated how he will vote on the bill.

Nine GOP senators are opposed to the Senate bill in its current form. Conservative Republicans such as Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Push for paid family leave heats up ahead of 2020 New act can help us grapple with portion of exploding national debt MORE (Utah), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation MORE (Texas) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (Ky.) say it doesn't go far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act, while GOP moderates including Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCongress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (Maine) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds MORE (Nev.) have expressed fears it could leave too many without healthcare coverage.

The Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the upper chamber, meaning they can only afford two GOP defections to pass the bill.

Roberts's comments come the day after Senate leadership postponed a procedural vote on the legislation.