GOP senator on resolving healthcare differences: 'Even porcupines make love'
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Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsPat Robertson asks followers to help cast 'shield of protection' ahead of hurricane Cruz gets help from Senate GOP in face of serious challenge from O’Rourke The farm bill gives Congress a chance to act on the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act 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.

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Nine GOP senators are opposed to the Senate bill in its current form. Conservative Republicans such as Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeKavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week Reexamining presidential power over national monuments Utah group complains Mia Love should face criminal penalties for improper fundraising MORE (Utah), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzViral video shows O’Rourke air-drumming to the Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’ after Cruz debate Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate NY Times, McCabe give Trump perfect cover to fire Rosenstein, Sessions MORE (Texas) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulConservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves 4B spending bill Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report MORE (Ky.) say it doesn't go far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act, while GOP moderates including Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsKavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week The Memo: Could Kavanaugh furor spark another ‘year of the woman’? Kavanaugh fight roils an already ugly political climate MORE (Maine) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerHeller embraces Trump in risky attempt to survive in November McConnell suggests he could hold Senate in session through October The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh, accuser say they’re prepared to testify 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.